Tourist information for Mumbles, a breezy seaside village with a lot to offer
'The Mumbles', Mumbles Head
Mumbles - also known as Oystermouth - sits at the southern tip of Swansea Bay, around five miles in distance from central Swansea. Sometimes referred to as 'the gateway to the Gower Peninsula', the tidal islets of Mumbles Head mark the start of Gower's southern coast.
Mumbles has a very long history, and is also known for its wide range of independent shops, cozy cafés, great restaurants, and galleries showcasing local arts and crafts.
Shopping and relaxing in Mumbles
Mumbles is famous for its small, independent shops and boutiques, selling everything from high-end fashion to casual surfing gear; traditionally-carved Welsh lovespoons to American folk art; local seafood to continental charcuterie and handmade chocolates.
Or treat yourself to a relaxing spell in one of the several beauty salons dotted around the village, providing services from award-winning hairstyling, to holistic massage therapy and luxury spa treatments.
Sailing off Mumbles Pier
Most shops and salons are concentrated in the Newton Road, Dunns Lane and Mumbles Road areas.
Eating out in Mumbles
Mumbles is home to some of the best restaurants in the area, where you can enjoy local produce like freshly caught fish and seafood, some of it landed just yards away. And in a region renowned for its ice cream parlours, Mumbles hosts some of the most famous, with award-winning recipes.
Use our restaurant search to find restaurants and cafés in Mumbles.
Sailing off Mumbles
Nearby beaches include Bracelet Bay and Limeslade Bay, both just minutes from Mumbles' shops and restaurants. Use our beach search for more details on these and other Gower beaches.
Mumbles has been settled since ancient times, and its history is still very much on display throughout the village. Mumbles Lighthouse, built in 1794, still warns passing boats of undersea sand banks – you can view it best from Mumbles' Victorian pier, which is also home to a café and skating rink.
Mediaeval Oystermouth Castle was once home and fortress for the Norman Lords of Gower, and hosts outdoor theatre performances during the summer months.
Getting to Mumbles
Outdoor cafe in Mumbles
Please note that traffic to and through Mumbles can be very heavy at peak times. As an alternative to the car, there's an excellent and frequent bus service from central Swansea, or you can cycle the same route along a dedicated cycle path, which runs along Swansea Bay's seafront promenade.
During the summer season, you can hop on board the Mumbles land train (Swansea Bay Rider), which runs along the seafront from Blackpill to Knab Rock. This route once carried the famous 'Mumbles Railway', inaugurated in 1807 as the world's first passenger railway.
Further information on Mumbles
For photographs taken in and around Mumbles, visit our Mumbles photo gallery.
Shopping in Mumbles
Sunset in Mumbles