Swansea Travel Guide

Located in west Wales, Swansea is a picturesque city situated on the country’s south coast and is the second largest city in all of Wales. The first region in the United Kingdom to be designated an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, Swansea is the gateway to the stunning Gower Peninsula. Swansea is home to urban and rural areas, with the city center, Maritime Quarter, Caswell, Mumbles, Langland and Limeslade areas included in the urban sector and the Gower Peninsula and highland areas encompassed in the rural region. Steeped in the legend of King Arthur, Swansea is also home to a range of historic attractions, galleries, museums and scenic parks.

Swansea Accommodation

A popular holiday destination for a relaxing escape by the sea, Swansea is the second largest city in Wales and offers an excellent range of accommodation options along the award winning beaches and nestled in the unspoilt countryside. The buzzing city of Swansea also offers plenty of motels, hotels, apartments and B&Bs within easy reach of some of the best golfing, walking, cycling and watersports in the UK. There is plenty of accommodation on offer that is conveniently located close to a range of popular tourist attractions. Book cheap Swansea Accommodation

Getting Around Swansea

There are frequent bus services connecting suburbs throughout Swansea and the Gower Peninsula departing from the Swansea Bus Station as well as connecting links between the Swansea Railway Station. For those travelling to Mumbles, buses stop at Oystermouth, Limeslade, Langland, Newton and Caswell with stops along the way at St. Helen's Stadium, Singleton Park and Blackpill Lido. There are also a number of taxi ranks located throughout the city centre for quick and convenient transport. Ranks are located at the Swansea Bus Station, St Mary’s Church and Caer Street.

Swansea Attractions

Linked to the legend of King Arthur, Swansea is home to many historic attractions including Arthur’s Stone, Swansea Castle, The Guildhall and a number of excellent museums and galleries as well as plenty of scenic parks. The Wales National Waterfront Museum is a striking landmark of maritime history dating back to the 1800s while the vibrant seaside village of Mumbles is a popular stop for those who want to soak up some sun, sand and sea. The Dylan Thomas Centre is a permanent exhibition of the life and works of one of the 20th century’s literary giants while the Clyne Gardens offers sheer drama with an extensive range of exotic plants, Japanese garden and painted bridge. Three Cliffs Bay and Rhossili Bay offer breathtaking landscapes on the Gower Peninsula voted one of Britain’s most dramatic locations while the Swansea Grand Theatre offers an eclectic mix of events and performances in this historic and awe-inspiring theatre.

Swansea Facts

Known in Welsh as Abertawe, Swansea gets its name from its position along the River Tawe with the word ‘aber’ meaning mouth, translating Swansea from its Welsh title Abertawe meaning 'mouth of the River Tawe'. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband, actor Michael Douglas are among some of the famous residents who have called Swansea home. In the late 18th century, copper was manufactured in Swansea in very high volumes, leading to the city also being known as 'Copperopolis' until well into the Victorian era.