Swansea the ugly, lovely, seaside town of Dylan Thomas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Iris Gower, Bonnie Tyler and many, many others continues to capture the hearts of visitors year after year.

By the 19th century it was the economic centre of Wales and was recognised as the nation’s capital.   It was known colloquially as “Copperopolis” as it provided most of the world’s copper, having had a plentiful supply of cheap, local coal and a harbour which could easily accept the copper ore mined and then imported from Cornwall.

The industry in Swansea made it a prime target for the Luftwaffe during the Second World War and during the nights of 19th-21st February 1941 much of Swansea was destroyed in what has harrowingly been remembered as “The Swansea Blitz.”  Swansea Museum has much more information on both of these topics and is well worth a visit.

In recent years there has been substantial re-development following the decline in industry and the necessary rebuilding following the Blitz.  The lower Swansea Valley where there were once nine copper works has been developed into a retail and enterprise park and the docks that once saw copper coming and going in its different forms are now more retail outlets and a marina with much sought-after properties.   Quite a different picture to what it would have been like one hundred years ago.

Self Catering

47 South Quay

Kings Road, Swansea, SA1 8AJ

An immaculately presented, one bedroom ground floor apartment with patio, in a much sought after location just 10-12 minutes’ walk from the city centre. The gateway to Gower and all the beauty that the peninsula has to offer is only 10 minutes’ drive.

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Swansea Museum

Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 1SN

Swansea Museum is home to important archaeological collections and very fine ceramics collections not to mention the Egyptian Mummy – Hun.


Dunvant Male Voice Choir

Dunvant, Swansea, SA2 7UX
Côr Meibion Dyfnant / Dunvant Male Choir has the unique achievement of 125 years of unbroken history, enjoying the distinction of being the oldest in Wales with a continuous history. It was formed in January 1895 by a group of miners, steelworkers and quarrymen from the members of Ebeneze...

The Egypt Centre

Sketty, Swansea, SA2 8PP

The Egypt Centre, Museum of Egyptian Antiquities was opened in 1998. It can be found on Swansea University’s Singleton Campus. It contains the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts in Wales, some 5,500 objects. Free Admission.


Swansea Watersports

Swansea Marina, Swansea, SA1 1PQ

Swansea Watersports is Wales Premier Watersports Centre. We are based in the heart of Swansea in the Marina and offer a wide variety of Watersports including Powerboating, Sailing and Kayaking. Whether you are looking for Training or a fun day out, we can help.


Swansea Castle

Castle Street, Swansea, SA1 1DW

Sitting at the top of the now bustling Wind Street, it’s hard to imagine Swansea Castle amongst its true historical surroundings. What is visible now is only a glimpse of what it once was as the castle once reached from Caer Street all the way up to Welcome Lane.


National Waterfront Museum

Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 1SN

The National Waterfront Museum tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years. Using a mix of interactive technology and real objects, the Museum shows Wales at work from the Industrial Revolution onward.


Mission Art Gallery

Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 1TY

Mission Gallery has developed a reputation for dynamic and distinctive programming, to present excellence across the visual arts, applied arts and craft, from across Wales and beyond.


Attic Art Gallery

Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 3XL

Situated in Swansea’s maritime quarter, Attic Gallery is one of Wales’ leading privately run galleries. Established in 1962, the gallery represents some of Wales leading artists. There is a lively and continuing exhibition programme with both single artist and group shows.


Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Alexandra Road, Swansea, SA1 5DZ

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery reopened in October 2016 following a major redevelopment to transform and conserve the 1911 Grade II* listed building. New galleries have been added alongside expert conservation studios and collection store, providing a fully accessible, welco


Dylan Thomas Centre

Somerset Place, Swansea, SA1 1RR

Open 10am – 4.30pm, seven days a week, the Dylan Thomas Centre celebrates the life and work of Swansea’s world-famous poet with audio recordings, manuscripts, photos and year round events.


Swansea Bay

Marina to Oystermouth, Swansea, SA3 5AS

Swansea Bay stretches from the Maritime quarter of Swansea to the fishing village of Mumbles.


Useful Information

Please view the area map below to get your bearings and familiarise yourself with the roads.  The table shows the approximate travelling times by car, from Swansea, to the various villages.

Map of the Gower Peninsula

Expandable map of the Gower Peninsula

mins by car
Bishopston (and Kittle, Murton)
Llanmadoc (and Cheriton, Cwm Ivy, Landimore)
Llanrhidian (and Cilibion, Oldwalls)
Mumbles (and Langland)
Oxwich (and Oxwich Green, Slade)
Parkmill (and Ilston, Llethryd, Lunnon)
Penclawdd (and Blue Anchor, Cilonnen, Crofty, Llanmorlais, Welshmoor, Wernffrwd)
Penmaen (and Nicholaston)
Pennard (and Southgate)
Port Eynon (and Overton, Scurlage)
Reynoldston (and Burry, Burry Green, Fairyhill, Knelston, Llandewi)
Rhossili (and Middleton, Pilton Green, Pilton Moor, Pitton, Pitton Cross)
Three Crosses
Upper Killay