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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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