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About Swansea Bay

About Swansea Bay

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The Place - Swansea Bay

Swansea Bay offers the visitor a wide range of different experiences and takes full advantage of the contrasts of the coast and countryside that appeal to all tastes. Whether you are looking for somewhere you can relax and unwind in a tranquil environment or have an exhilarating and exciting activity holiday in spectacular settings, Swansea, Gower, Mumbles, Aberavon, Afan Fforest Park and Neath & Port Talbot will have something for you.

Swansea City

Known as the city by the Sea and birthplace of Dylan Thomas, Swansea is the second largest city in Wales and capitol of the South West Wales region. It is a vibrant developing city with much to offer all ages.

Visit the maritime quarter and new SA1 development for a distinct waterfront feel whilst enjoying the restaurants, cafés & bars there. See the impressive new multi-million pound Swansea University Bay campus or take a guided cruise aboard the Copperjack boat on the River Tawe. Learn about the history and development of Wales at the National Waterfront Museum, or see the Egyptian Mummy at Swansea Museum. The nearby Dylan Thomas Centre has a permanent exhibition about the famous Swansea poet.

For those that like a night out on the town visit Wind Street (known locally as Wine Street) which hosts an array of bars and restaurants.

The city boasts a wide variety of independent and well known high street shops, restaurants, bars & cafes, cinemas, theatres, galleries and Wales’ largest indoor market -  Swansea Market (as seen on BBC Television) - a traditional market where you can purchase a variety of goods and fresh local produce. Enjoy sporting events and summer movies whilst sitting on the steps in Castle Gardens in front of the BBC big screen.

Stroll in the multiple parks & gardens of Swansea, make a splash with the family at the LC indoor Waterpark (featuring an indoor surfing simulator), take in the sea air and walk or cycle across Swansea Bay on the designated cycle path parallel to the bay. Visit the Uplands, an artistic and social hub, containing several live music venues, cafes, restaurants, bars, and the house where Dylan Thomas was born.

Swansea is home to premier league football team Swansea City and regional rugby team The Ospreys – watch them play at the Liberty stadium or come to the next big gig there.


Mumbles is a great place to relax and unwind. It stretches along the seafront, offers a beautiful cycle/walkway adjacent to the sea and boasts some of the finest restaurants, relaxing Italian style cafes and the good old traditional pubs. The family experience is enhance with a range of play areas for the children and in the summer the land train is a real must to travel the seafront in style.


Gower was the first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a secret waiting to be discovered by visitors to the area. Gower is surrounded by beautiful coastline, offering safe bathing and beautiful sandy beaches and is a maze of intricate winding roads linking stylish villages and breathtaking views.


The clock tower of St David’s church is at the heart of the thriving historic market town of Neath. The town centre boasts an impressive indoor Victorian market selling a wide variety of traditional goods and fresh produce.
Victoria Gardens in the centre of the town combines a 19th century bandstand with a circle of standing stones erected for the National Eisteddfod held here in 1918. The remains of Neath Castle and other features dating back to the Industrial Revolution can also be found in the town.
The Gnoll is home to the Neath rugby team the Welsh All Blacks and matches can be enjoyed there throughout the season.

Port Talbot

 The award winning High Street Bridge links the town across the River Afan.  Adjacent to the Princess Royal Theatre (a cultural venue that presents entertainment, ranging from music shows to pantomimes), the Aberavon Shopping centre houses a variety of well-known stores as well as a modern well-equipped library in a spacious undercover environment.

A visit to the Town wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the famous outdoor market, which are held on Tuesdays & Saturdays (from 9am until approx 2pm) and sell a wide variety of goods and fresh produce.

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