Swansea: A vibrant city by the sea!

You don’t need a car to enjoy Swansea!

It has all the amenities of a city with the bonus of an amazing coastline and the outstanding natural beauty of Gower and north Swansea in its hinterland……

……and is easy to get around on the bus, by bike and on foot

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GET AROUND ON THE BUS OR TRAIN

There is a comprehensive network of bus and train services around Swansea Bay, many of them running seven days a week. They serve the whole of the city, Gower*, parts of rural north Swansea and Neath, Port Talbot and the Valleys

*Sundays & Public Holidays in late spring and summer only

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Get Around by Bike

Swansea has a network of cycling routes, many of them off-road, and others which are advisory ‘cycle friendly’ roads. The National Cycle Network (NCN) has a number of routes in and around Swansea

The principal leisure routes permit traffic-free movement all the way from the city centre to Mumbles and north to Dunvant and Gowerton

Find out more by consulting the cycle map

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WALKING IN THE CITY

The Coast Path (NCN 4) offers great walking along the coastal strip of Swansea Bay right through to Mumbles and from Blackpill to Gowerton. Elsewhere in the city are shorter routes:

Uplands and Cwmdonkin Park

River Tawe trail: Marina to Liberty Stadium

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LET US INTRODUCE YOU TO SOME OF THE GREAT THINGS

THE CITY OF SWANSEA HAS TO OFFER

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Swansea's spectacular seafront

Swansea Bay has been ranked with the Bay of Naples as among the most beautiful in Europe. The seaside is close to the city and easy to reach.

  • Swansea seafront

    • 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A Swansea to Mumbles; 14 Swansea to Pennard
    The coast path enables you to savour its beauty at leisure in a traffic free environment either by bike or on foot. Or take a bus to Mumbles and enjoy this panorama through picture windows in the comfort of your seat.
  • Maritime Quarter

    • Trawler Road (adjacent), 7 (not Sundays) It’s a short (400m) walk from Swansea Bus Station
    • Cycle parking
    Swansea has a great maritime history and in its heyday, had four docks with ships sailing and trading all over the world. One remains in commercial use and the riverfront and former South Dock is now an attractive marina. A big attraction using this heritage as inspiration is the National Maritime Museum. The Maritime Quarter is a small area between the Marina and the river Tawe and contains some of the Victorian street scene that escaped the bombing of the Second World War. It also features restored maritime buildings on both banks of the Tawe. The Marina has been largely developed since the 1980’s and has become a very picturesque part of Swansea, dominated by the new Meridian Tower

Swansea’s Parks and Gardens

In a city blessed with green spaces, we introduce you to some of the best.

  • Singleton Park

    • Singleton Park, Mumbles Road (50m), 2, 3, 4, 8, 14
    An amazing expanse of greenery covers a huge area between the coast, university and the suburb of Sketty, great for walking, cycling and generally relaxing, and with great views of the sea.
  • Botanical Gardens at Singleton Park

    • Singleton Park, Gower Road (50m), 20, 21, 22
    These Gardens house one of Wales’ premier plant collections, with spectacular herbaceous borders and glasshouses. Set within the tranquil surroundings of Singleton Park, it is a relaxing place to come and browse or gain inspiration.
  • Brynmill Park

    • Glanbrydan Avenue, Uplands (100m), 19 (not Sundays)
    Swansea’s idyllic park close to the busy city yet a haven of tranquillity.
  • Cwmdonkin Park

    • Uplands Square (200m, hilly), 20, 21, 22
    • Cwmdonkin Park (adjacent), 5 (infrequent-not Sundays)
    Immortalised by Dylan Thomas who was brought up close to here and who played here as a child and used it for poetic inspiration later.
  • Swansea Enterprise Park

    • Phoenix Way (200m), 34 (not Sundays)
    Think you’re deep in the country - think again! Less than 50 years ago, this was site of a zinc smelting works and is part of the rehabilitation of the Lower Swansea Valley project of the 1960’s & 70’s. It’s now surrounded by a mix of retail, wholesale and light industrial development.

Swansea’s History and Heritage

Swansea was one of the world’s top industrial centres in the 18/19th centuries and its docks busy importing raw materials and exporting finished products. Much of industry was highly polluting and by the 1960’s, the wasteland created was comprehensively cleaned so that little visual evidence now remains of its industrial past.

 

  • National Waterfront Museum

    • Swansea Bus Station (200m), All services
    • Cycle parking nearby
    This fascinating museum traces the maritime and associated industrial heritage of Wales by mainly interactive means along with traditional displays.
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  • Swansea Museum

    • Swansea Bus Station (200m), All services
    • Cycle parking nearby
    Swansea Museum has numerous artefacts from Swansea past and present, and a focus for the future of the city and its people. It is at several locations - the main building on Oystermouth Road, the tram shed and floating exhibits in the Marina and the museum stores in Landore.
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  • Swansea Community Boat

    • Swansea Bus Station (200m), All services
    • Cycle parking nearby
    Witness Swansea’s maritime and industrial history with this exciting boat trip on the Copper Jack from Swansea Marina up the river Tawe as far as the Liberty stadium and back.
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  • Dylan Thomas’ Uplands

    • Uplands Square (200m hilly), 20, 21, 22
    Dylan Thomas immortalised the Swansea suburb of Uplands, where he grew up and spent most of his early life. As well as his birthplace, fully restored in period style, there are a other parts of Uplands where former haunts of the poet still exist, most famous being Cwmdonkin Park.
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  • Dylan Thomas Centre

    • Somerset Place (adjacent), 44 (infrequent, not Sundays)
    • All east Swansea bus services call at Quay Parade (100m walk)
    • Cycle parking nearby
    The Centre is home to a permanent exhibition, ‘Love the Words’, which opened on Dylan’s 100th birthday. Interactive displays, a learning space, and a temporary exhibition area tell the story of the work and life of one of the 20th century’s most significant writers.
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  • Hafod Copper Works

    • Neath Road, Hafod (100m), 4, 34
    The Hafod Copperworks was established by John Vivian in 1810 and was one of five main copper works in the Lower Swansea Valley. The copper ore for smelting originally came from Cornwall and north Wales and later from Chile and Cuba. Overall, 90% of the country`s copper smelting was within a 20 mile radius of Swansea giving rise to its name of `Copperopolis`. (Photo © Stephen Miles)
  • St Mary’s Parish Church

    • Swansea Bus Station (150m), All services
    • Cycle parking nearby
    St Mary's Parish Church is the principal Anglican church in Swansea, the present building dating from 1896. In 1941 it was badly damaged by bombing and rebuilt in the 1950s; it dominates an attractive square in the city centre.
  • Swansea Castle

    • Swansea Bus Station (150m), All services
    • Cycle parking nearby
    The Castle’s remains are a small part of the original standing on a strategic site above the former course of the river. Its remains date from the late 13th to early 14th century; it is situated at Castle Square close to St Mary’s church.
  • 1940’s Swansea Bay

    • Elba Crescent (100m), 84
    • Alternative-more frequent buses stop opposite Bay Campus (400m walk)
    • Cycle parking available
    An amazing attraction is the WWII experience 1940's Swansea Bay; an authentic indoor street scene, air raid shelter with the sound of bombs falling, a bomb damaged shop and wartime front parlour and replica of the Three Lamps pub.
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Swansea a city of Leisure, Culture and Sport

  • The LC (Swansea’s Leisure Centre)

    • Swansea Bus Station (150m) all services
    • Cycle parking nearby
    The LC is Wales’ biggest indoor Waterpark, with a state-of-the-art gym, a legendary indoor surf machine (the Boardrider), an interactive play area, an indoor climbing wall and a multi-purpose sports and exhibition hall.
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  • Dynamic Rock

    • Clydach Hebron Road (adjacent), X6
    Indoor and outdoor rock climbing experiences for all ages and abilities with expert instruction.
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  • Wales National Pool

    • Singleton Hospital (100m), 3, 4, 8, 10
    • Cycle parking nearby
    This 50 metre indoor pool offers a wide range of aquatic and multi-sport activities, health and fitness facilities for all ages and abilities.
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  • Swansea Grand Theatre

    • Swansea Bus Station (50m), All services
    • Cycle parking nearby
    Swansea Grand Theatre is the performing arts centre for Swansea with theatre, ballet, pantomime, star performers and lots more.
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  • Taliesin Theatre

    • Singleton Campus (50m), 2A, 3A, 4, 4A, 8, 10
    • Cycle parking nearby
    Live theatre, cinema and live streaming performances in a pleasant informal setting on the university’s Singleton Campus.
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  • The Great Hall, Bay Campus

    • Bay Campus (50m), 8, 10, 38
    • Cycle parking nearby
    Associated with the Taliesin, the Great Hall puts on major musical and literary events.
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  • Brangwyn Hall

    • Guildhall (50m), 2, 3, 8, 14, 19
    • Cycle parking near by
    Part of the Guildhall complex, the Brangwyn Hall is Swansea’s leading concert and indoor events venue.
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  • Glynn Vivian Gallery

    • Orchard Street (50m) or High St Station (150m), 4, 4A
    One of Wales’ leading art galleries, the Glynn Vivian is home to famous collections of art, sculpture, architecture and hosts many events associated with the visual arts.
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  • Liberty Stadium

    • Stadium (100m), 4, 4A, 34
    Swansea’s iconic multi-purpose sports stadium, home to Championship football, Swansea City; and regional rugby team Ospreys; also hosts major indoor and outdoor events.
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  • St Helen’s Sports Grounds

    • St Helen’s (adjacent), 2, 3, 4, 8, 14
    • Cycle parking nearby
    Home to Glamorgan County Cricket Club and Swansea Rugby Football Club, this venue still sees a lot of events.
  • Skidz Karting

    • Fforestfach Kingsway (400m) X13
    Swansea's only indoor karting track has karts for all ages and abilities and tracks to challenge all types of drivers. Whilst being a member only organisation, ‘basic’ and ‘driver club’ membership is open to all.
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  • Plantasia

    Grow your imagination in Swansea’s revitalised environmental attraction; go on an amazing adventure through a tropical rainforest. Get up close & personal with the animals and discover a variety of rare and exotic plants. Quay Parade: 6, 8, 44 & other eastbound buses Cycle parking nearby
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Shopping and Eating Out

  • Swansea Market

    • Swansea Bus Station (50m) All services
    • Cycle parking nearby
    Wales’ largest indoor market is one of the most interesting shopping experiences in Swansea.
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  • Quadrant Shopping

    • Swansea Bus Station (adjacent), All services
    • Cycle parking nearby
    Quadrant Shopping Centre is located in the heart of Swansea, housing many major retailers all under one roof.
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  • Morfa Shopping, Landore

    • Stadium (250m), 4, 4A
    • Morfa (50m), 34
    Morfa Shopping Park is one of the premier retail locations in south west Wales. Located less than two miles from Swansea city centre.
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  • Parc Tawe Shopping, east of city centre

    • Quay Parade (50m), 6, 8, 44 other eastbound buses
    The retail and leisure park on the edge of Swansea has been developed to bring together modern shops with a strong leisure and catering offer.
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  • Fforestfach Shopping, north of city centre

    • Fforestfach Retail Park (50m), 110, 111
    For big brands, great stores and fantastic retail therapy, Swansea’s premier outdoor shopping location has it all.
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Restaurants and Pubs

  • City Centre

    • City Bus Station, All services
    • Cycle parking nearby
    Many food and drink outlets are in the Wind Street area though others are scattered around the city centre and Marina.
  • Uplands

    • Uplands Square, 10, 19, 20, 21, 22
    Lots of bars and small restaurants in this area which caters a lot for the student market
  • Mumbles

    • Oystermouth Square, 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A
    • Cycle parking nearby
    Mumbles has a large number of eating places of varying types catering for all tastes; the village has two craft brewery pubs.