Things to see and do in Swansea

A visit to Swansea is a must: take in the sweeping waterfront of Swansea Bay leading to Mumbles and onto the beautiful Gower Peninsula. Not complete without trying one of the famous Welsh-Italian ice cream parlours.

  • Wales’ National Waterfront Museum
    National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

    A striking architectural landmark in its own right, the museum celebrates the industrial and maritime history of Wales dating back to the 1800s. This is a highly interactive guide through an age when Wales supplied the world with coal and steel, and countless inventions, like Richard Trevithick’s groundbreaking steam locomotive.

  • Visitors looking at artwork on display at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

    Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

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    Swansea is a vibrant centre for art and The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is widely recognised as the city’s premier venue for art exhibitions. Founded in 1911 by the original bequest of Richard Glynn Vivian (1835-1910), the gallery belongs to the City and County of Swansea, and houses a distinctive collection formed over the last century, which continues to grow with new work from today's artists, supported by gifts, donations and the annual Wakelin Award.

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  • Mumbles from Clyne Common
    Mumbles from Clyne Common, Swansea

    A vibrant seaside village, you’ll find over 120 shops, restaurants and pubs hugging the west side of Swansea Bay. A rich source of great seafood, much of the local produce finds itself being served in the finest establishments of London and Paris - so try it here at the restaurants serving seafood caught locally. The Mumbles Oyster Festival is one of many attractions for foodies, while the competition for the premier ice cream parlour in Mumbles remains as fierce as ever.

  • Close up of fresh Penclawdd cockles sold at Swansea Market

    Cockles at Swansea Market

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    The original market was established in 1897, under the largest structure of glass and wrought iron in the UK. Devastated by World War II, along with much of Swansea City Centre, the market was rebuilt and remains the largest of its kind in Wales with over 100 stalls. Here you can sample many of the delicacies of the area, including cockles and laverbread, the world-renowned dish made from seaweed collected on the shores of north Gower.

  • The Dylan Thomas Centre

    The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

    A permanent exhibition of the life and times of one of the literary giants of the 20th century. Dylan Thomas was born and raised in Swansea and there are a variety of tours and guides that bring you closer to the man and the myth. An annual Dylan Thomas festival draws visitors from all over the world to celebrate his work.

  • Clyne Gardens

    Clyne Gardens, Swansea

    There are numerous parks and gardens worth visiting in Swansea, but for sheer drama, Clyne Gardens is particularly notable. Extensive and exotic planting ranges from rhododendrons to Elephant Rhubarb and American Skunk Cabbage. The Japanese garden with its brightly painted bridge just adds to the glorious confusion. 

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  • Three Cliffs Bay

    Three Cliffs Bay, Gower

    The dramatic landscape of the Gower Peninsula must be seen to be believed. There are numerous attractions to enjoy in this remarkable outcrop of land. Three Cliffs Bay is regularly voted one of the most dramatic locations in Britain, requiring a 20 minute walk to reveal its true splendour. The huge sweep of Rhossili Bay, featuring the broad expanse of Llangennith beach is equally awe-inspiring - it's as if you’ve reached the furthest point of land on the planet.

    More coast and countryside attractions in Swansea.

  • The Liberty Stadium
    Liberty Stadium, Swansea

    This impressive 20,000 seat stadium opened in 2005 and is home to Swansea City FC, currently enjoying its best spell of top flight football in 30 years. The Liberty is also home to The Ospreys - one of the strongest rugby sides in the UK and Ireland.

  • Exterior of LC in Swansea
    LC Waterpark and Leisure Complex, Swansea

    A state-of-the-art attraction for all ages, LC is situated alongside the National Waterfront Museum, a short stroll from the main shopping area of the city. It features countless slides and tubes, as well as the opportunity to hone your surfing skills on a never-ending wave.

  • Couple standing on viewing balcony inside the Grand Theatre, Swansea

    Swansea Grand Theatre

    The Grand Theatre offers a thriving and eclectic mix of live events, exhibitions and performances, and also offers a behind-the-scenes tour giving you an insight into the history of this legendary theatre in the heart of Swansea.

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