Swansea is Wales’ “City by the Sea” being perfectly situated on the edge of a five mile wide bay. Renowned as the birthplace of Wales’ greatest poet and playwright Dylan Thomas and home of the Dylan Thomas centre where his memory is kept very much alive.
The City has world class cultural facilities and is a lively and vibrant maritime city and regional shopping centre, Swansea is home to Wales biggest indoor market where you can sample traditional Welsh delicacies like laverbread and fresh cockles from Penclawdd. Locally caught fresh fish can also be bought along with local souvenirs including Welsh ladies hats and intricately carved lovespoons.
Mumbles is undoubtedly one of the best seaside villages in the UK, with over 120 shops and restaurants and the entire Gower Peninsula on your doorstep.
To the west of the city is the Gower Peninsula, Great Britain’s first area of Outstanding Natural Beauty whose west facing beaches are Wales’ premier surfing locations. We recommend the below beaches for their safety, good swimming, surfing and facilities:-
Worms Head Gower
Three Cliffs Gower
ALWAYS BE WARY OF SEA CONDITIONS
Clyne Gardens… contains varied National Collections of plants set in beautiful parkland. Open all year round dawn till dusk, admission free
Singleton…these beautiful botanical Gardes are based in the old walled garden of Singleton Park
Plantasia…is Swansea’s hi-tech “hot house” boasting one of the finest collections of plants, with three climate zones
The Gower coastline is as good as it gets in the UK
There are many walks for different abilities throughout the Gower… more information and maps available from tourist board in Mumbles
My favourite walk from here is to walk to Caswell (stop for coffee) walk along the cliffs to Langland (stop for tea and cake) keep walking to Rotherslade where you can either have another beverage and head up the hill, back into Mumbles or you can keep going around the cliffs to Limeslade past Mumbles Pier, along the promenade (stop in a pub for pint or Verdis for coffee) then back up to Gower Place Cottage.
From the family friendly promenade at Mumbles to the exhilarating mountain biking tracks of Afan Forest Park Swansea has become a haven for cyclists and bikers of all ages and abilities.
Part of the Celtic Trail and the National Cycle Network, Swansea Bay privides a wonderful range of traffic free cycle routes suitable for families. More information available from Tourists information
The biggest bike ride in Wales returns every year in July for the British Heart foundation, over a 1000 participants at the popular Gower Bike ride enjoy a great day out
Afan Forest Park
Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower boasts an excellent selection of
golf courses to suit all abilities and is the ideal location for your golfing
Langland Bay (18 Hole)
Gower Golf Club (18 Hole)
Clyne Golf Club (18 Hole)
Pennard Golf Club (18 Hole)
Gowerton Golf Range (18 Hole) & Driving Range
Many of rides can take you through the small picturesque villages and country pubs of Gower, whilst local, knowledgeable guides tell you about the history of this fascinating area. Meanwhile you can the breathtaking coastal views with miles of sandy beaches and rolling green countryside.
Parc-le-Breos Pony Trekking, Parkmill Gower
Learn to Surf
Gower is famous for its first rate surfing, Llangennith is rated in the top 10 UK Surf Spots and also recommends that Gower is one of the best places to learn to surf.
“Three mile long Llangennith has acted as a nursery for generations of rising stars”…The Guardian
Welsh Surf Federation Surf School
Swansea bay is an ideal location for all types of fishing including sea, rock and coarse fishing. The Gower is well known for its sea fishing opportunities as it has many outstanding beaches off which to fish including Langland, Port Eynon, Caswell, Oxwich and Llangennith.
Rock fishing popular locations include Mumbles Head, Tutt Head, then at the rocks below the coastal path running between Langland and Caswell, Brandy Cove, Pwll Du Head, Oxwich point, Slade, Port Eynon point. There are also other locations between Port Eynon and Worms Head, which is regarded as one of the best rough ground bass venues in Britain.
Fly Fishing for bass is also very popular at Worms Head and Burry Holms (a small tidal island at the northern end of Llangennith beach
Tennis courts available in Mumbles village & Langland Tennis Courts
Markets / Fayres
Keep a look out for Mumbles Arts and Crafts fayres and Gower local produce market every Sunday morning in the car park opposite the White Rose.
Cinemas / Theatres / Galleries
0871 224 0240
0871 224 4007
The Grand Theatre
The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
National Waterfront Museum
The Maritime Quarter, Marina
The Dylan Thomas Centre
Gower Explorer… see the gower from a speed boat!
LC2 Leisure Centre – Swimming & Softplay
Wales National Pool
Restaurant Recommendations in Mumbles
Restaurants a little further a field but worth the trip!
King Arthur, Gower http://www.kingarthurhotel.co.uk/ (pub food)
La Brasseria (Swansea City Centre)
The Britannia Inn (Gower)
The kings Head LLangennith
La Prilla (Marina)
Mumbai (Blackpill) “All you can eat” buffet Sunday evenings
Surfside cafes @ Langland, Caswell, Rotherslade
The Brasserie at Langland
Joes Ice Cream… open all year round, legendary ice cream will be the best you’ve ever tasted!!
No. 93 http://www.cafe93.co.uk/ my favourite café, amazing Pizza’s & Salads