Wales is home to some fantastic beaches and coastal towns such as Tenby, Pendine Sands and Porthor, some of which link with some fantastic coastal walks. If you’re planning a trip to Wales a city that seems to have it all is Swansea. There are so many must-see sights and activities all located in an easy-to-explore area. Here are my Top 5 things to do in Swansea Bay area.
Take a walk down the steep, winding cliff top down to beautiful Rhossili beach, it will be well worth your trip. The clean and sweeping bay makes it the perfect beach for families and surfers alike, it’s one of many fantastic beaches in Wales. The car park was being expanded while we were there, and I would imagine it will be finished by Summer peak. Head left from the car park and you will reach Worm’s Head, with stunning views and the chance to walk across to the islands if the tide is right.
Things To Do In Swansea Bay
Cosmopolitan Mumbles is home to many independent shops and restaurants and is great for a walk around, look out for the Love Spoon museum and the Gower gallery for interesting artifacts and local artwork. Take a stroll along the coastal path and admire the relaxed and peaceful beach town with it’s brightly coloured houses and regenerated pier. Head to Verdi’s for world class ice cream with a view out over the vast Gower coastline.
This cosy, secluded little bay is a sheltered haven lined with quaint beach huts and perfect little rock pools for intrepid explorers. Take a walk along the cliff top to take in the rugged coastline or just take a seat on the large steps along the wall of the beach and enjoy the warmth of the sun on your face. Also try Caswell Bay and Oxwich Bay for similar beautiful beaches.
Oystermouth Castle, originally built as an English stronghold in Wales in the 12th Century, is steeped in history which our guide, Roger was so passionate in passing down to us. It was fascinating to listen to and our young children had great fun exploring, do keep an eye out for uneven footings, to be expected of course. Oystermouth Castle is an easy walk up from Mumbles and has undergone some great restoration including a 30ft high glass bridge which affords amazing views over Mumbles once you reach the top.
Visit the Marina, the tallest building in Wales and Museums.
There’s so much to do in this busy and vibrant area of Swansea. Make sure you visit one of the interesting, free museums in the area; the Swansea museum has a moving & informative WW1 exhibition at the moment, and don’t forget to look out for the £3m Flemish masterpiece which was found in the museum’s storeroom! The Waterfront museum provides interactive, informative, entertainment for all the family and is home to a host of historical exhibitions. The “LC” Leisure complex has enough to keep the family entertained for the whole day; not only is it home to Wales’ largest indoor waterpark but there is a huge, interactive play centre, climbing wall and even a boardrider surf machine.
The recently regenerated Marina has had a lot of improvements and is great for a walk around. The attractive former docks are lined with apartments. The highlight would have to be a visit to Wales’ tallest building, with incredible views over Swansea and beyond. At the end of your day head to the top floor for a decadent meal or delicious cocktail at Grape & Olive while taking in the vista.
Thank you to Swansea Bay for helping us put this post together. Check out more of what we got up to in Swansea here