Subliminal Swansea Bay

A vibrant city, country towns, seascapes and landscapes of outstanding beauty add up to this unique destination that is Swansea Bay

A selection of photographs that seeks to translate these fine words into images that describe the area

Photographs © John Davies of BayTrans

City of Swansea
North Swansea
Neath Port Talbot

Sublime rural beauty: springtime in Cheriton, Gower

Exciting modern sculpture: Swansea’s Maritime Quarter

Sylvan Beauty: Gnoll Estate Country Park, Neath

Quiet contemplation: Oystermouth, Mumbles

World famous, wild and beautiful: Rhossili Beach, Gower

Victorian splendour: Maritime Quarter, Swansea

Energetic outdoor types: Glyncorrwg, Afan Forest Park

Spring has sprung: Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles

Recreational cycling along the Neath Canal: Vale of Neath

Tranquil waters in mountain Swansea: Upper Lliw Reservoir, Mawr

Choppy waters in coastal Swansea: surfers at Caswell Bay, Gower

Melincourt Waterfall in its secluded beauty: Vale of Neath

A quiet winter morning: Rhossili, Gower

A noisy summer afternoon: Red Arrows over Swansea Bay

A restored industrial past: Aberdulais Tinworks, Vale of Neath

Remote and beautiful: Mewslade Beach, Gower

Springtime blooms: Clyne Gardens, Swansea

Adventure in the country: Abseiling at Dinas Rock, Vale of Neath

Serenity in the City: Brynmill Park, Swansea

Ripples in the sand: Tor Bay, Gower

Defences built on sand: Pennard Castle, Gower

Threatening skies over the city: Swansea Marina

Who’s a silly moo!

Vaughan Tower vertical: St David’s Church, Neath

Arboreal vertical: Clyne Valley Country Park, Swansea

A perfect day for cycling: Oystermouth, Mumbles

Bucolic country lane: Cwmcerdinen, Mawr

Whiteford Lighthouse stands in splendid isolation: north Gower

Valleys splendour: Rheola Estate, Vale of Neath

Coastal splendour: Fall Bay, Rhossili, Gower

Dreaming spires: Pontardawe, Swansea Valley

Dreaming spires: Sketty, Swansea

Canal Curiosity: Skew Bridge at Aberdulais Basin, Vale of Neath

Seaside icon: beach huts at Langland Bay, Mumbles

City icons: Meridian Tower and Lightship, Swansea Marina

Cyclists along the coast at Aberafon Beach…..

…..and crossing the ‘bridge over nowhere’ at Brynmill, Swansea

A calm day at the old lifeboat station: Mumbles

Reflections at Lock House, Neath Canal: Tonna, Neath

Spectacular view from the Coast Path: near Port Eynon, Gower

The joys of spring: Gnoll Estate Country Park, Neath

A Dylan Thomas childhood haunt: Cwmdonkin Park, Swansea

Waterfowl on the Lower Lliw Reservoir, Mawr, Swansea

Industry co-exists with nature: Margam Park, Port Talbot

Curiosity on the coast path: near Langland Bay, Mumbles

Rolling mountain road, Abergwynfi, Afan Forest Park

The impressive ‘Lady Fall’: Scŵd Gwladus, Vale of Neath

Deep in the heart of the Tawe Valley: Swansea Canal near Clydach

Deep in the heart of the Neath Valley: Neath Canal at Resolven

Deep in the heart of Afan Forest Park near Pontrhydyfen

Adventure in the park: young cyclists at Margam Country Park

‘Inland’ Wales Coast Path affords a great view of the steelworks

Sunset over Worm’s Head: from Llangennith, Gower


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Gower ‘Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Beauty’

Fabulous coast and mountain scenery, adventure, heritage and history all within this land of infinite interest and variety


Interactive Panoramic Photos

Explore rural Swansea with these interactive photos of beautiful places you can reach without a car © Dean Jeffery of Tourism Swansea Bay

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