Swansea is a coastal city on Swansea Bay, where an engaging maritime quarter filled with museums and galleries meets a bustling city centre with cafes, restaurants and nightlife. Along with a historic local market, you can uncover vibrant gardens, dramatic coastal landscapes and family-friendly themed attractions during your Swansea holiday.
Things to do in Swansea
Discover Swansea’s fascinating maritime history at the National Waterfront Museum, which tells the story of Wales’ naval industry and technology through interactive displays. Wander through the museum to see historic flying and shipping machines, photographs of centuries past and intricate ship models. It’s a short walk from the Swansea Museum Tramway Centre, which houses memorabilia on Swansea’s street trams.
If you’re visiting during winter, don’t miss the Swansea Winter Wonderland, which comes to life every year around Christmas. You can enjoy open-air ice skating, visit Santa Claus, play carnival games and purchase local delicacies from stalls. During summer, head to The LC Swansea, Wales’ biggest indoor waterpark with a surf machine, roller coaster water slide, lazy river and wave pool.
Looking for cultural performances? Head to the Swansea Grand Theatre, a grand Victorian-era performance venue where you can watch comedy, live music, theatre and musicals. More of the local history can be found at Oystermouth Castle, which was built during the 12th century and features panoramic views over Swansea Bay.
Those seeking some peace and quiet should visit Clyne Gardens, a historic botanical garden that features dazzling collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, along with signed walks throughout. For a more lively atmosphere, catch a Swansea City FC soccer game at The Liberty Stadium, where rowdy crowds cheer on their favourite team.
Getting around Swansea
Swansea is easily reached by flying into Cardiff Airport or catching buses or the Great Western Railway to Swansea Station. The best way to get around is by using the local buses or hailing taxis.