Swansea Bay – Destinations
Swansea Bay is the name we use to roll five great experiences into one. There aren’t many places where you can hit the shops in the morning and the surf in the afternoon. In Swansea Bay, you’ll find the best of both worlds – sea dogs and landlubbers will both feel right at home.
Swansea Bay is well known for its Blue Flag beaches, but the green spaces are star performers too. Sea and sand are just part of the big picture as Swansea alone is home to more than 50 parks and gardens (and an indoor rainforest).
Some of the best things to do in Wales are in Swansea. Dine at the top of Wales’ tallest building, explore Wales’ largest indoor market and visit Wales’ oldest (or newest) museum.
Mumbles is just five miles away from Swansea. It used to be a fishing village and now it combines chic shopping with a cool, contemporary vibe for the grown ups. Experience the art galleries, classy craft shops and boutique bistros for yourself.
The Gower Peninsula
And the beach goes on… The Gower Peninsula’s panoramas wouldn’t look out of place in an art gallery, but it’s a landscape that demands to be experienced first hand. Gower’s been wowing visitors for years; it was designated as the UKs first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1956 and hasn’t changed much since then.
Head north of Swansea City Centre and escape to the countryside. Walking is hugely popular in Rural Swansea. Amble around the Lliw Valley reservoir or find the waterfall in the Penllergare Valley Woods. You can also make the climb to Penlle’r Castell, Swansea’s highest point, which also marks the start of the 35 mile Gower Way walking route. Browse through loads more walking routes here.
Afan & the Vale of Neath
The Afan Valley and Vale of Neath are lush and leafy. The Vale of Neath, aka “Waterfront Country”, has more falls per square mile than anywhere else in Europe. Afan (pronounced “avvann”), on the other hand is world famous for it’s mountain bike trails.