Swansea Bay has a rich history. From the vibrant cultural centre, to the charismatic seaside charm of Mumbles and the unspoilt countryside and beaches of the Gower Peninsula – try the 3-mile long Rhossili Bay beach. The city itself has the award-winning Marina and Maritime Quarter, while Mumbles is home to galleries showing the best in local arts and crafts.
Direct trains to Swansea train station run from a number of cities including London and Bristol. Swansea comprehensive bus network will take you to all the main surrounding regions and attractions including Mumbles and the Gower Peninsula.
It's easy to travel sustainably to and around Swansea Bay's coastline and countryside using the excellent public transport network, cycle trails and walks, starting from the train station in Swansea. Visit Swansea Bay Without a Car to plan your trip.
Food and drink
Swansea Bay is a wonderful place for foodies. In the city centre you’ll find cuisine from around the globe and something to suit all tastes. And don’t miss the chance to try local delicacies such as laverbread, cockles and Welsh cakes, as well as fish straight off the boat along the Gower Peninsula.
Sport and outdoors
Like most of Wales, Swansea is passionate about rugby, with the biggest local team being the Ospreys. They play at the Liberty Stadium – also home to Swansea City Football Club. If you want to get active yourself there’s no shortage of ways to do so. The Gower Peninsula is the perfect place to walk, climb, surf and more.
Music and nightlife
Swansea’s well known for its nightlife, with a great range of pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from. The Wind Street area is the busiest part of town after dark, but for a more relaxed evening try one of the cosy country pubs outside of town.
Enjoy a memorable shopping experience and sample some wonderful local produce at Swansea Market – the largest indoor market in Wales. Elsewhere in the city centre you’ll find more than 200 stores, including plenty of big-name retailers.