Of all the places in Wales many consider the county of Swansea the prettiest. The county is in the south west region of the country and includes the Gower peninsula and the Mumbles. In the following article I introduce the reader to some of the many things that account for Swansea being an excellent place in which to take a vacation.
Dylan Thomas once referred to Swansea as an “ugly, lovely town” and at that time it may well have been but today the city is, almost, completely different. The reason for this is that during WWII the city was bombarded by air raids to such a degree that much of the city was destroyed. The subsequent redevelopment of Swansea has never really ceased and even in the last decade there has been a huge amount of investment in redevelopment.
One of the areas which has changed most drastically is along the seafront and the docks. Superb world class museums reside in this part of Swansea such as the National Waterfront Museum. Other superb museums found in the Maritime Quarter are the Dylan Thomas Centre and the Swansea Museum but you will also discover a host of cafes, coffee bars and shops as well as the fantastic LC leisure Complex. The LC is an excellent place to take the kids as it has such things as a climbing wall and a play area as well as the usual gym equipment.
Swansea Cafes, Pubs & Clubs
The nightlife in Swansea is centred around the areas of Kingsway and Wind Street. It is here that you will find some of the finest restaurants in the city as well as a wealth of pubs, clubs, bars and cafes. Popular places include the Italian Il Padrino and the Mediterranean/French La Brasseria.
One of Swansea’s most popular bars is the vibrant Cafe Mambo. Situated at 46 The Kingsway, the Mambo has a distinctive Latin American atmosphere. You can also visit the cafe during the day or early evening to grab a snack.
If you like good old English pubs then two are well worth a visit. the No Sign Bar on Wind Street and, the oldest pub in Swansea, the Cross Keys Inn. Built in the Eighteenth Century the Cross Keys can be found on Mary Street.
Swansea, The County
The wealth of first class visitor attractions and wild nightlife help make the city of Swansea an extremely popular vacation destination for young folk (or those young at heart). If you would like to take a more relaxing vacation then I suggest that you take a look at the county (rather than the city) where you will find such places as the renowned Gower peninsula and the stunning Mumbles.
The main reason why the Gower Peninsula is known so widely is that it is here that you will find what many consider to be the United Kingdom’s finest beaches, Three Cliffs Bay. Rather than being a single beach the bay sports a selection and this whole coastline is littered with well known beaches, such as Rhossili Bay, and a multitude of lesser known smaller coves. The Gower Peninsula is also where you will find Swansea’s best castles, Weobly Castle, Penrice Castle and Pennard Castle.
Further to the mentioned three castles you may also wish to visit the area of Oystermouth and Oystermouth Castle. This part of Swansea is quickly being encroached upon by the city and it is very much treated as a suburb for those in the city who can afford to live there. Offshore are two small islets called The Mumbles and the name is now used for the whole area in preference to the correct name of Oystermouth. Walking along the seafront you will notice that the Mumbles has all of the attributes of a typical seaside resort.