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- Private room
This is room 4 (second floor) Our house is based in the city centre. Five minutes walking distance to Swansea shopping centre and bus station. 10 - 15 minutes walks away is Uplands, area where bars, restaurants and good nightlife are located. A 10 minutes walk will take you to our local beach. Far north or south Gower is approximately 20 - 25 minutes drive with some of the most beautiful beaches in Britain.
- Entire home
My place is about 5 minute walk from the train station, 10 minutes to the city centre, bars, restaurants and a 20 minute walk to the beach. Public transport to Swansea Liberty Station is also 5 minute walk away. You’ll love my place because it is clean, comfortable, well presented and in a great location.
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Your guide to Swansea
Welcome to Swansea
Sitting on the eastern coast of the Gower Peninsula, Swansea is a seaside city surrounded by some of Wales’ best-loved beaches and countryside. The town is small and narrow, rolling down to the deep curve of Swansea Bay. This stretches out four miles west through Blackpill to the Mumbles, a popular area with ice-cream parlours, restaurants, and a Victorian pier. In recent years, the area around Swansea’s castle and old High Street have come alive thanks to fabulous street art, independent galleries, cafes, a punky theatre, and a cinema. Close by, too, are the BBC Hall (an amazing space that hosts small, adventurous gigs) and some jewels of 20th-century architecture. Also don’t miss the Brangwyn Hall and civic centre by the beach if you’re into your design. There are beautiful parks like Brynmill and Cwmdonkin around the popular Uplands area, and Singleton near the university, boasting impressive botanical gardens.
How do I get around Swansea?
Swansea is on the mainline to London Paddington (3 hours). Trains also travel north from here along the pretty Welsh borders to Manchester (4.5 hours), and west to the seaside pleasures of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire (sea transport to Ireland is also found here, via Fishguard or Pembroke Dock). Local trains service Swansea’s suburbs well. The nearest airport is Cardiff (CWL), 55 minutes’ drive away, or 1.5 hours via train, changing in Bridgend. Swansea is easy to navigate by foot if you’re a seasoned walker, but local Traveline buses are also plentiful (the Gower Explorer buses venture further into the peninsula’s beaches, while the Cymru Clipper connects outlying towns). Two park-and-ride services north and west of the city are helpful for drivers coming off the M4, while cyclists can enjoy the many National Cycle Network routes (bike hire centres are dotted through Swansea and the Mumbles).
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Swansea?
Swansea’s weather is mild for Wales: it hardly ever gets snow, for instance, when it’s ankle-deep elsewhere. Its sunny summer days are delightful, and the bay has plenty of space to walk or paddle, although note that the sea is often far out. In hot weather, the Mumbles and beaches close by (such as Caswell and Langland) can get busy, but there are plenty of other beaches further out to explore via bus, bike, or car; Oxwich and Port Eynon have easily accessible stretches of sand, while the stunning Three Cliffs and Pobbles are worth the gorgeous dune walks. Summer also brings big gigs to Singleton Park and the Liberty Stadium (home to Swansea FC in football season), although music of all kinds continues all year in the land of song. Winter is an especially lovely time to book one of the area’s cottages as you can attend carol concerts from the town’s many famous male voice choirs.
What are the top things to do in Swansea?
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
Recently renovated and the centre of Swansea’s thriving art scene, the Glynn Vivian hosts adventurous exhibitions of artists from Wales and abroad. Its light-filled atrium often exhibits large-scale contemporary works, while its fast-paced rolling programme of artists-in-residence brings in unique talks and events. After your visit, pop around the corner to the independent Galerie Simpson and Elysium Gallery and Bar.
Swansea’s Maritime Quarter
By the waterside at Swansea Marina, you’ll find fantastic museums. There’s the National Waterfront Museum, a striking 21st-century slate and glass building, tracing Swansea’s industrial history to our technology-dominated present-day. Swansea Museum hosts progressive, fascinating exhibitions about cultural history, while the Dylan Thomas Centre explores the life of the city’s most famous poet. A statue of him sits outside, gazing out to sea.
A postwar design classic that’s still thriving today, Swansea Market is another great option for rainy days, especially for the town’s local cuisine. Cockles from the North Gower marshes are plentiful here, as are local delicacies such as laverbread (made from seaweed). For the less adventurous, don’t miss the Welsh cakes.