Things to do in Swansea

With our in-depth travel guide, you won’t be left wondering what to do in Swansea. A city of contrasts according to its renowned poet Dylan Thomas, it’s come a long way since he described it as an ‘ugly lovely town by the side of a long and splendid curving shore’. Thanks to a renovated marina and waterfront, Swansea is a good looking city that makes the most of its stunning 20-mile-long coastline. With many great hotels in Swansea, alongside an array of museums, theatres, shopping centres, surf schools, medieval castles, an ever-expanding food scene and the famous Mumbles Mile pub crawl, the city was Dylan Thomas’s ‘world’, and we think you’ll love it too.


Attractions

This is a city that is positively brimming with historic buildings, castles, renovated marinas, sprawling parks and a state-of-the-art stadium. You only need to walk a few minutes from one of our hotels to get a real sense of Swansea’s history.

Shopping

Swansea boasts a wonderful selection of modern shopping centres, bustling markets and high street favourites to suit every taste and budget. So if you want to shop until you drop during your visit, be sure to check out our helpful retail guide first.

Activities

With one of the best coastlines of any UK city, it couldn’t be easier to enjoy the great Welsh outdoors with its watersports and coastal trails. Meanwhile, the city’s choice of indoor activities includes everything from water parks to go-kart tracks and climbing walls galore


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Places to eat

As befits the second largest Welsh city, there are hundreds of cafés and restaurants dishing up everything from spicy Indian fusion food to vegan-only menus. We’ve rounded up the coolest cafés, best restaurants and finest food markets in the city. We hope you’re hungry!

Nightlife

Any city that’s home to a well-known pub crawl – in this case, the Mumbles Mile – is always going to score well when it comes to nightlife. And with dozens of centuries-old pubs, cool modern bars and late-night dancing clubs, Swansea is a vibrant city that’s fun and easy to explore at night.


Swansea Grand Theatre

Dating back to 1897, the Swansea Grand Theatre has a rich past, having welcomed everyone from Ivor Novello to Jessie Matthews and Sir Henry Irving, the first knight of theatre. Today, it provides Swansea’s locals and visitors alike with some truly captivating productions.

Beaches

Home to one of the best coastlines in the country, Swansea Bay is a 20-mile-long expanse of limestone cliffs, wide-open beaches and cute villages perfect for exploring. Hire a bike or take to one of the many trails to discover the castles, cafés and the best ice cream spots in the country.

Culture

Despite losing its most recent bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021, Swansea is a thriving cultural hub. The Swansea Museum and the National Waterfront Museum are some of the city’s favourites, while there are also several art galleries that are well worth checking out.


Liberty Stadium

One of the newest stadiums in the UK, Liberty Stadium is a state-of-the-art 20,000-capacity stadium that hosts Premier League football, as well as high-quality rugby. Plus, the stadium – which is just over a mile from the city centre – regularly hosts live music from the likes of The Killers and Little Mix.

Entertainment

A lively city with a bustling entertainment scene, you’ll find everything from live music to stand-up comedy via cabaret acts, pantomimes and musicals. And if you’re more of a sports fan, then head to the Liberty Stadium for a feast of football and rugby, courtesy of Swansea City and The Ospreys.

Getting around

At under one hour from the nearest international airport and with impressive road links via the M4, getting in and out of Swansea couldn’t be easier. There’s also an extensive bus network, while Swansea’s train station is one of the main travel hubs in the country.


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Our Swansea hotels are perfect for making the most of a visit to this captivating coastal city, which boasts sandy beaches, romantic seaside walks, historic castles and a lively nightlife scene.