Swansea - Mumbles - The Gower
Swansea is Wales second city and a major resort in its own right. Swansea is a lively and vibrant maritime city and regional shopping centre and also the birthplace of Dylan Thomas and Catherine Zeta Jones. It is also known as the gateway to the Gower Peninsular and its magnificent beaches.
Sail Bridge Swansea
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Swansea was the first town in the world to have a passenger railway which opened in 1807. Much of the towns industrial past can be seen at the Maritime and Industrial Museum in the re-developed docks area. There are the remains of a ruined castle in the town centre. There is an excellent beach at the town and new developments in the docks area where you will find bars and cafes to suit your tastes. The town is a great retail centre with many major shopping chains represented plus many specialist shops.
At the far end of the bay is the small Victorian town of Mumbles which is also known as 'The Gateway to the Gower' - the large area of unspoilt coast that is situated to the west of the city. The town has a Victorian pier with tenpin bowling and amusements and refreshments are available in the cafe and pub. There are plenty of restaurants, hotels and guest houses in the town.
The Gower peninsular
The Gower is a fifteen mile long peninsular that juts out into the Bristol Channel and has some of the best beaches in Wales. Most of the area is farmland, with large stretches of undeveloped countryside which makes it an ideal area for walking and cycling as well as surfing of course.
There are excellent, long, sandy beaches at Oxwich Bay, Rhossili Bay and Whiteford Burrows. The most famous landmark on the peninsular is Worm's Head, which is an outcrop of rocks at the far west of the peninsular - a great place to watch the sun set. The coast around the peninsular is a popular location for surfing and windsurfing but some of the tides can be tricky, so check out the local conditions when you arrive. There are over 20 beaches on The Gower so its fairly easy to find ideal winds and tides for the day.
Gower Beaches The Gower Peninsular Worm's Head Gower
Places to visit in Swansea
National Waterfront Museum - Queens Buildings, Cambrian Place, Swansea, SA1 1TW Tel: 01792 638950 - for details visit: Waterfront Museum
Blackpill Lido - Ideal for children of all ages - Mumbles Road, Blackpill, Swansea, SA3 5AS Tel: 01792 635436
Swansea Bay Rider - Land train that runs along the Bay area - Mumbles Road, Blackpill, Swansea, SA3 5AS Tel: 01792 635436
Plantasia - Plants from around the World - Parc Tawe, Swansea, SA1 2AL Tel: 01792 474555
Mumbles Pier - All the fun of a traditional pier - Mumbles, Swansea, SA3 4EN Category: Family Entertainment Tel: 01792 365204
Gower Coast Adventures - Boat trips along the coast - 150 Pennard Drive, Southgate, Gower, Swansea. SA3 2DR Mobile & Bookings: 07866 250440
Map of Swansea and Gower Peninsular
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