When it comes to beaches, we’ve got the lot. Nice safe sandy ones, interesting rocky ones, and ones with breathtaking views and acres of space. Delve a little deeper, and you’ll discover they have a lot more to offer than initially meets the eye. Qualified lifeguard patrol to keep you safe, wheelchair access, a warm welcome for dogs, and a trophy cabinet almost bursting at the seams are just some of what you can expect – so we’ve put together this checklist of useful information and beach facilities to help you choose the right one for you.
In Swansea Bay, you’ll find some of the cleanest, safest, and most stunning beaches in Britain – and we’ve got the Blue Flags to prove it. Bracelet Bay, Caswell Bay, Langland Bay, Port Eynon Bay and Swansea Marina all hold a prestigious Blue Flag award in recognition of their superb water quality, environmental education and management, safety, and services.
The awards don’t stop at Blue Flags. The iconic Rhossili Bay has been voted in the top four best beaches in Britain for the last four years by Trip Advisor users, and Swansea Bay Beach and Swansea Marina have both received Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence awards in 2016.
Dogs Welcome all Year
We love dogs. So much so that quite a number of our beaches welcome them all year round. Three Cliffs Bay, Pobbles Bay, Oxwich Bay, Pwll Du Bay, Brandy Cove, Tor Bay, Crawley, Mewslade Bay, Llangennith, Broughton Bay – plus the mighty Rhossili Bay – permit dogs at all times.
We want you to relax and have fun at our beaches – that’s what it’s all about, right?! Enjoy peace of mind for you, your family and friends at one of our patrolled beaches under the watchful eye of highly trained, professional lifeguards.
May – September
Langland Bay, Caswell Bay, Three Cliffs Bay, Horton, Port Eynon Bay.
July – September
There is little better than a summer BBQ with family and friends, especially at the beach. Sadly, waste left behind can be an eyesore, and pose a health risk – particularly to children. The last thing we want to do is spoil anyone’s fun, so we have recently installed BBQ bins at Rotherslade Bay and Langland Bay (two of our main BBQ hotspots) to ensure that our beaches remain safe and clean.
We want everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy our beaches, and have endeavoured to make them accessible. Swansea Bay Beach, Port Eynon, Langland Bay, Caswell Bay and Oxwich Bay are all accessible by wheelchair and have disabled parking and accessible toilets. Landeez Wheelchairs can be hired for FREE from the City & County of Swansea’s Guildhall (tel: 01792 635483) or 360 Beach & Watersports Centre on Mumbles Road (tel: 01792 655844) for use on Swansea Bay Beach. Please ring beforehand to arrange a booking.
On 27th April 2016, a No Smoking Pilot Scheme was implemented at Caswell Bay. Whilst not enforceable, beachgoers are encouraged not to smoke while on the beach.
Home to miles of stunning coastline, Rhossili Bay (voted in the top four beaches in Britian in the last four years), and renowned surfing conditions at Llangennith, you’d be hard pressed to find a better location than Swansea Bay for watersport adventures. If you don’t have your own equipment, don’t worry, you can hire what you need. A beginner? Book a lesson with an expert.
Planning a tour of the Gower Peninsular, or simply want to visit more than one of our beaches? The good news is, you only need one ticket! Tickets bought at a City and County of Swansea Council run car park can be re-used at other Council run car parks throughout the day.