Swansea is situated on a lovely wide bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula, and is renowned as the birthplace of the poet Dylan Thomas.
In Somerset Place you will see the Dylan Thomas Centre where one gallery is dedicated to him, there is a model of the shed where he wrote and you can see a video of his life. Just off Wind Street on to Salubrious Passage is one of the last remaining buildings of Old Swansea it used to be one of Dylan Thomas’s old haunts. You will find the Dylan Thomas Bookshop should you wish for more information on the poet. On Dylan Thomas Square there is a bronzed statue of the poet.
Swansea Marina is surrounded by shops, restaurants and maritime business’s and is situated at the centre of Swansea in the award winning Maritime Quarter. The Marina is bordered on one side by a stretch of sandy beach. If you are visiting the city in the summer months you can enjoy a boat trip around Swansea Bay or further a field.
Swansea National Waterfront Museum is a must see visitor attraction, suitable for all ages with free admission. Children can enjoy the interactive learning areas, there are displays and exhibitions which make Wales’ history come to life. Swansea is a vibrant maritime city, in the summertime the bay has plenty of attractions to keep everyone occupied. A short drive from the city centre you will find several beaches with good facilities including seasonal life guards.
You may wish to visit the Plantasia at Parc Tawe with something to suit most everyone this unique gigantic hot-house garden is an all weather visitor attraction. There are exotic plants, insects, fish and birds in three different climate zones, butterflies fly freely in the seasonal Butterfly House. Afterwards relax in the coffee shop or browse around the gift shop.
There are a satisfactory range of shops including some top name stores as well as independent and speciality retail outlets in the city plus out of town shopping areas. The Quadrant Shopping Centre is Swansea’s main shopping area, on Oxford Street you will find Next, Principals etc.
Evenings can be spent in the restaurants, wine bars, pubs and the nightclubs where you can dance the night away! There are other museums and Galleries in Swansea which may be of interest including the Glynn Vivien Art Gallery, the museum houses modern and traditional art by renowned Welsh artists plus 18th pottery and oriental ceramics.
You will find plenty of accommodation choices from hotels, guest houses to nearby caravan/camping sites and cottages; you can try the Swansea Tourist Information Centre at www.swansea.gov.uk/whatson for more details on any of the topics we have touched on.
Swansea has lots to offer its visitors and makes a lovely location for a short holiday break. For a longer stay you can explore the Gower Peninsula an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, visit Mumbles admire the views and enjoy the atmosphere of this traditional seaside resort.