Recently, we had the pleasure of welcoming Tin Box Traveller Claire and family to Swansea Bay for a weekend break. Here is why Swansea Bay was the perfect destination for their family getaway – over to Claire!
When it comes to family holidays there’s a few things that set apart a good destination from a ‘ticks all the boxes’, perfect destination. We recently had the chance to see which category Swansea Bay fell into. I’m very happy to report that we thought it was the ideal place for families to add to their 2017 travel bucket list. Here’s why:
Many of the beaches on Swansea Bay and the Gower Peninsular are ideal for families, with miles of shoreline, sand dunes and rock pools ripe for exploring. Some are secluded heavens for wildlife, while others come with all the facilities you’d need for a traditional seaside day out. One of our particular favourites is the seemingly endless Rhossili Bay, which is about 40 minutes drive from Swansea. Pack light as there’s a lot of steps down to the beach but it’s worth it when you get there.
I’ve always loved visiting historical attractions so finding ones that are child-friendly is a bonus. There’s no chance of kids getting bored looking around Oystermouth Castle in Mumbles where they can explore the Norman ruins and tip-toe across the glass bridge high up in the chapel. Younger children will love the combination of farm animals, living history and play grounds at the Gower Heritage Centre at the heart of the Peninsular. It also hosts themed days with workshops and crafts, so check the website for special events before you visit.
Whether your family enjoys its activities fast-paced and edgy, or slow and relaxed, there’s a bit of everything in Swansea Bay. The beaches are the ideal place to learn to surf or kayak. Or to take the thrills up a notch, why not try coasteering or gorge walking? Families with younger children might prefer to follow the trails at RSPCA Llys Nini or walk around the lakes and waterfalls at Penllergare Valley Woods.
There’s a variety of family-friendly places to stay in Swansea Bay, from hotels to campsites and self-catering accommodation. We spent a long weekend in a fantastic Home from Home holiday cottage in Mumbles. It had everything we needed for a perfect family break, including baby and toddler equipment, board games and lots of recommendations from the owners on local things to do. If you’re looking for somewhere a bit quirky to stay then we also liked the look of the Scamperholidays, luxury glamping huts. These are also dog-friendly so your four-legged family member can come too.
Eating out with kids can be a challenge, especially if they are a little hyper with excitement about their holidays. We found some really kid-friendly places to dine around Swansea Bay, plus the food was excellent. Head to Verdi’s in Mumbles for pizza, pasta and Italian ice cream that the whole family will adore. If you are in Swansea itself you have to stop by Cafe TwoCann at the old docks for great food, locally sourced.