Attractions in Swansea*

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Monday 05 February 2007

Attractions in Swansea

There are plenty of attractions for you to visit while you are in Swansea

Visitor Information

For a warm welcome and expert help call in to one of our friendly Tourist Information Centres (TICs).  The main TIC is located in the City Centre behind the Grand Theatre and there is also one in Mumbles opposite Boots in the church.

At both, you will find all you need to know about Swansea and Gower to make your visit as enjoyable as possible.

Swansea TIC
Phone – 01792 468321
Fax – 01792 464602

Open Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm and 10am – 4pm on Sundays.

Oystermouth Castle in Mumbles Oystermouth Castle in Mumbles

Mumbles TIC
Phone – 01792 361302
Fax – 01792 363392

Open Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm and 10am – 4pm on Sundays (End of July and August).

Brangwyn Hall – 01792 635489

The Brangwyn Hall is famous for its Empire Panels which are huge colourful murals.  This major concert hall hosts many large events including the Swansea Festival of Arts and Music every October.

Dylan Thomas Centre – 01792 463980

The Centre celebrates the life of Swansea’s most famous son and hosts a free permanent exhibition.  The Centre is also the focal point for the annual Dylan Thomas Festival (27th Oct – 9th Nov).

Baby in sunglasses Baby in sunglasses

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery – 01792 516900
Open Tues – Sun and Bank Holidays 10am-5pm

This handsome classic Italian-style gallery offers a broad spectrum of visual arts from old masters to modern painting and sculpture.

Grand Theatre – 01792 475715

Swansea’s Grand Theatre provides live cultural and artistic entertainment with the emphasis on variety within the programme.  Dance, drama, children’s shows, opera and more will be found in every season.

Plantasia – 01792 474555
Open Tues – Sun and Bank Holidays 10am-5pm

Visit Swansea’s giant hothouse garden for something a little different.  Plantasia is home to exotic plants and animals from all over the world and includes a butterfly house and our resident Cotton-Top Tamarin Monkeys.

Gower – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Looking over the beach to Llangennith Looking over the beach to Llangennith

You’ll find beautiful beaches, rugged cliffs, commons where sheep and wild ponies graze and lovely wooded valleys in Gower.  Gower Explorer buses (48 and 49) run on circular tours on Sundays, or you can explore the area on foot or bike.

Swansea Museum – 01792 653763
Open Tues – Sun and Bank Holidays 10am-5pm

Swansea Museum has a fascinating range of permanent displays including an Egyptian Mummy and admission is free. 

National Waterfront Museum – 01792 638950

The new museum is fully open to the public with free admission and is full of new technology to make Wales’ history come alive. 

Egypt Centre – 01792 295960
Open Tues – Sat 10am-4pm

The Egypt Centre, found on the University of Wales Swansea campus, holds the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities in Wales.  It contains over 4,000 objects including coffins, jewellery and weapons.  Admission is free, and it’s well worth a visit as kids can take part in some hands-on activities.

Taliesin Arts Centre – 01792 602060

A lively and exciting venue on the University campus, Taliesin is a popular and friendly venue with a varied programme of events.

Parks in Swansea

The fountain in Singleton Botanical Gardens The fountain in Singleton Botanical Gardens

Swansea has a wonderful collection of parks including Cwmdonkin, Brynmill, Singleton and Clyne.  Cwmdonkin has strong connections with Dylan Thomas, Swansea’s famous poet who lived next to the park. 

Brynmill is great for families who like to go and feed the ducks and other birds with bread and lettuce.  There’s also free children’s entertainment during the summer months.

Singleton Park contains the old walled Botanical Gardens, which are free to enter.  The gardens are at their best during August, when the Botanics in Bloom festival is in full swing, although there’s always something beautiful to see.  There are also plant sales every Saturday from April – September.

Clyne Gardens is the home to stunning collections of rhododendrons and azaleas that are at their best in May, when the Clyne in Bloom festival and events take place.  You’ll find a Specimen Tree Trail throughout the gardens to add to your enjoyment.

Swansea Bay Rider – 01792 635436

The Swansea Bay Rider is a land train that runs on the promenade between Blackpill and Southend.  It runs daily throughout the summer and stops at various points for you to explore the delights of Swansea Bay and the pretty village of Mumbles. 

Bring the children’s swimsuits so that they can play at Blackpill Lido and afterwards why not take a stroll through beautiful Clyne gardens or explore Oystermouth Castle in Mumbles?

Girl in a carnival costume Girl in a carnival costume

Leisure centres and pools

If you need to keep the children entertained this summer, make the most of Swansea’s community leisure centres. Don’t forget the Free Swim sessions for under 16s during the school holidays.

Wales National Pool Swansea – 01792 513513

Wales National Pool Swansea is Wales’ only 50m pool that hosts major national competitions as well as being open to the public.  For swimming times, please contact the pool.

The Liberty Stadium, Swansea – Ticket hotline 08700 400004
For up-to-date news and information about fixtures, events, tickets and prices, please visit the official stadium website

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