Swansea Bay - The Area
Swansea Bay offers the visitor a wide range of different experiences and takes full advantage of the contrasts of the coast and countryside that appeal to all tastes. Whether you are looking for somewhere you can relax and unwind in a tranquil environment or have an exhilarating and exciting activity holiday in spectacular settings, Swansea, Gower, Mumbles, Aberavon, Afan Fforest Park and Neath & Port Talbot will have something for you.
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Known as the city by the Sea and birthplace of Dylan Thomas, Swansea is the second largest city in Wales and capitol of the South West Wales region. It is a vibrant developing city with much to offer all ages.
Visit the maritime quarter and new SA1 development for a distinct waterfront feel whilst enjoying the restaurants, cafés & bars there. See the impressive new multi-million pound Swansea University Bay campus or take a guided cruise aboard the Copperjack boat on the River Tawe. Learn about the history and development of Wales at the National Waterfront Museum, or see the Egyptian Mummy at Swansea Museum. The nearby Dylan Thomas Centre has a permanent exhibition about the famous Swansea poet.
For those that like a night out on the town visit Wind Street (known locally as Wine Street) which hosts an array of bars and restaurants.
The city boasts a wide variety of independent and well known high street shops, restaurants, bars & cafes, cinemas, theatres, galleries and Wales’ largest indoor market - Swansea Market (as seen on BBC Television) - a traditional market where you can purchase a variety of goods and fresh local produce. Enjoy sporting events and summer movies whilst sitting on the steps in Castle Gardens in front of the BBC big screen.
Stroll in the multiple parks & gardens of Swansea, make a splash with the family at the LC indoor Waterpark (featuring an indoor surfing simulator), take in the sea air and walk or cycle across Swansea Bay on the designated cycle path parallel to the bay. Visit the Uplands, an artistic and social hub, containing several live music venues, cafes, restaurants, bars, and the house where Dylan Thomas was born.
Swansea is home to premier league football team Swansea City and regional rugby team The Ospreys – watch them play at the Liberty stadium or come to the next big gig there.