Donned Wales’ second capital, Swansea can be found on the bay of the beautiful Gower Peninsula. This South Wales location offers sandy beaches as well as a town that’s a cultural hub, offering everything from the Dylan Thomas Centre to filming spots for BBC’s Doctor Who.
Whether geography or time-travelling doctors are your bag, there’s plenty of walking tours and boat trips on offer. Another must for your itinerary is Oystermouth Castle, which not only sits on a hill overlooking The Mumbles bay but also offers a glimpse of medieval life via deep dark vaults and secret staircases.
If the weather’s not in your favour there’s plenty to do, from exploring the wealth of stalls and local produce at Swansea’s indoor market to visiting Swansea Museum that offers a glimpse of Swansea past to an afternoon at The National Waterfront Museum where Wales’ industrial and maritime history is celebrated.
The Dylan Thomas Centre, which chronicles the life and times of the famous Welsh poet and is the core of the local arts scene, is worth a visit. And true literature aficionados won’t want to miss a pilgrimage to Thomas’ nearby birthplace. While sports fans will likely think attending a game at St Helen’s Rugby and Cricket Ground or Liberty Stadium is a score.
There’s a plethora of wildlife hotspots in the local area from Swansea Vale Nature Reserve to the National Trust’s Llanrhidian Saltmarsh and Whiteford National Nature Reserve. The latter offers great walks through spectacular landscapes where rare flora and fauna can be found. While the saltmarsh is home to award-winning saltmarsh lamb – a succulent Swansea delicacy that’s just as tempting as laver bread and Welsh cakes.
Swansea is an ideal base for exploring Welsh city, country and coast life so let us help you find your perfect holiday cottage.