5 essential Swansea experiences

With huge beaches, great museums and a fantastic stadium, Swansea has plenty to cheer about. Victoria Trott, author of Thomas Cook Pocket Guide Swansea, tells us what not to miss.

  • Close up of fresh Penclawdd cockles sold at Swansea Market

    Cockles at Swansea Market

     by Eiona. R

    Stimulate all your senses at Wales's largest indoor market. It’s packed with more than 100 stalls and there’s a real buzz around the place. Apart from weird and wacky shops selling crystals, handbags and watches there are butchers, delis and all manner of food stalls to tempt you. Try a sample of laverbread, a traditional Welsh delicacy made with seaweed. It tastes a lot nice than it looks! Or enjoy a punnet or two of plump, briny Gower cockles. 

  • Close up of Ivor Allchurch statue outside Liberty Stadium in Swansea
    Liberty Stadium, Swansea

    Whether you're a fan of top-flight rugby or Premier League football, cheering on the Ospreys or Swansea City in the world class Liberty Stadium is a must. So grab a pie and prepare to shout until you’re hoarse at the 20,000 seater arena. Built in 2005, it opened in the same year as the National Waterfront Museum and has become the focus for the regeneration of this part of the city.

  • Wales’ National Waterfront Museum
    National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

    Learn all about Wales's maritime and industrial heritage at the award-winning National Waterfront Museum. At the heart of the city’s maritime quarter, the beautiful building elegantly combines architecture both old and new but inside there’s even more that will take your breath away. Among all the hi-tech interactive exhibitions, you’ll find a replica of the world's first steam locomotive.

  • Clyne Gardens

    Clyne Gardens, Swansea

    Who says the best things in life aren’t free? You won’t pay a penny to visit this world-famous park with its collection of rhododendrons, lush lawns and stunning sea views. If that’s not enough, there’s also an historic castle, romantic tower, chapel, a bluebell wood, a picturesque cottage and a Japanese bridge. That’s if you can tear yourself away from the extensive bog garden with its giant Elephant Rhubarb. 

  • View down Swansea Promenade
    Swansea Promenade by Hugh Lester

    Likened to the Bay of Naples, Swansea's promenade sweeps for five miles from the Civic Centre to the pretty village of Mumbles, a picturesque Victorian seaside resort filled to bursting with quaint cafes and ice cream parlours. Walk, cycle or, if you have a low embarrassment threshold, take the Swansea Bay Rider land train. Then have a ride on the swan and dragon pedalos in the Singleton Boating Lake. 

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