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Swansea is the second-largest city in Wales, an exciting coastal destination for all visitors. Enjoy the city’s nightlife or see natural and historical landmarks – there’s plenty to do here!
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Getting there

You can get to Swansea by road or rail. Services arrive at Swansea train station from all around the UK. Direct services from London Paddington take 3 hours 28 minutes. If you're planning on driving to Swansea, look for a convenient hotel with parking to make things easier.

What are the best things to do in Swansea?

Ready to plan your visit to Swansea? Whether you're heading there for a weekend, a week or longer, you'll find lots of great shopping, dining and entertainment in the city. Not to mention some exciting attractions and areas of natural beauty nearby.

The National Waterfront Museum

Visiting the National Waterfront Museum is one of the top things to do in Swansea. The unique collections tell the story of industry and innovation in Wales over the last three centuries. Interactive exhibits and traditional displays are housed inside the former warehouse building, a perfect backdrop for this unique museum. Highlights include the Made in Wales gallery, People, Communities and Lives gallery and Transport, Materials and Networks. The museum is open daily and is free to visit for all ages. Looking for a fun and budget-friendly activity for the whole family? Head to the National Waterfront Museum, and you won't be disappointed.

Oystermouth Castle

Oystermouth Castle is a historic Norman castle in Swansea, set on a 40-foot limestone ridge overlooking Swansea Bay. It's close to the village of Mumbles, so why not make a day of it and explore the whole area? The castle dates back to the 12th century. Guided tours are an interactive way to learn about Oystermouth Castle's history from a local expert. In summer, outdoor theatre performances make visits even more memorable, with fairytale shows perfect for little ones. Pack a picnic and settle into your beautiful surroundings for an evening of fun and entertainment – this is one of the best ways to spend an evening in Swansea!

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Glynn Vivian is Swansea's city art gallery, a centre of excellence for the visual arts. The programme includes exhibitions, collaborations and socially engaged projects, often providing a platform for local and emerging artists. The permanent collection includes key works by famous artists like Gustave Doré, Barbara Hepworth, Gwen John, Claude Monet, Ceri Richards and Evan Walters. More highlights include intricate vases and sculptures, plus a charming collection of miniature portraits.

Swansea Market

Swansea Market is the largest indoor market in Wales, a must-visit if you spend any time in the city. This historic covered market is a favourite with locals and tourists, hosting a wide variety of specialist stalls. Browse and buy everything from fresh local produce and delicious street food to antiques and handmade gifts – head here around lunchtime to catch the local buzz.

Swansea Bay

This scenic, sandy bay is one of Swansea's most famous spots, a perfect location for an outdoor adventure in Wales. Whether you visit Swansea Bay as a family or for a romantic day out, there's something for everyone here. The area is home to award-winning beaches, like Three Cliffs Bay, Oxwich Bay, Rhossili Bay and Horton Bay, to name a few! These vast, sandy beaches are a perfect end-point for a walk or setting for a relaxing day out. The Swansea Bay area is also loved for its wildlife and walking routes, a scenic combination of coast and countryside. Explore miles of walking routes, from coastal paths to historical trails. Not sure where to start? Try the Gower Coast Path!


The seaside village of Mumbles sits on the western side of Swansea Bay, packed with character and charm. Explore a whole host of independent shops and traditional tea rooms. Don't miss the 1974 lighthouse and Victorian Pier! Wondering what to eat in Mumbles? It has to be fish and chips, followed by a scoop of delicious ice cream. Verdi's is a favourite traditional ice cream parlour on the seafront. Head to the pier to enjoy your meal with a spectacular view of Swansea Bay. Fancy a drink? Pick from plenty of cosy pubs in the area.

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