Visit Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower


See the seascape of Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower, a waterfront destination with plenty to offer.


With a snug spot on the South Wales shoreline, it’s easy to experience city, coast and countryside, whether you’re looking for a short stay or a long holiday.

Sample all three aspects, from the cultural character of Swansea city centre to the captivating charm of the nearby coastline and glorious green countryside.

Start centrally in Wales’ Waterfront City, home to bay views and an assortment of attractions and things to do. Once you’ve soaked up the seafront setting, enjoy big brand and boutique shopping, and local produce in the heart of the city. Have a home-grown helping of Welshcakes or cockles, both delicious delicacies.

A stone’s throw away is the Maritime Quarter, alive with history, heritage and an award-winning marina. Here, you can dip into the local life and literature of poetic hero Dylan Thomas. The area will be celebrating Thomas’ centenary in 2014, but for an early taster of what’s to come, head to this year’s Dylan Thomas Festival (27 October – 9 November).

You’ll find plenty of other attractions too: step back in time with Wales’ oldest and newest museums (Swansea Museum and National Waterfront Museum), then have a go at a watersport; take your pick of indoor or outdoor aquatics. There is surely no better place to take to the water as Swansea Bay is a Watersports Centre of Excellence.


Tucked in at the west of the bay you’ll find the cosmopolitan corner of Mumbles. A seaside village with a stand-alone spirit, capture its colourful character and charm, from the fishermen’s cottages, trendy boutiques, art galleries and cosy cafes that line the streets to the medieval castle that overlooks them. From here, head to the water’s edge and take a stroll or cycle along the promenade.

Top off a trip to Mumbles with a bite to eat. Seafood is a speciality here, as is ice cream, with one local parlour boasting a secret recipe from 1922!

Take the coastal route from Mumbles to the Gower Peninsula, the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a treat for viewfinders and adventure seekers as the picturesque peninsula is a powerful and passionate place.

Discover acres of awe-inspiring landscape, from dramatic headland and rugged limestone cliffs to rolling hills and countryside. But don’t just get lost in the views, bring your board, bike or boots and enjoy an alternative angle of our great outdoors.

Walk your way around the Gower section of the new Wales Coast Path. It might span 39 miles, but you don’t have to walk it all at once!

Then spend some time on the sand at one of Gower’s award-winning beaches. Try Rhossili Bay, voted Britain’s Best Beach, great for relaxing and riding the waves or visit Three Cliffs Bay for more breathtaking views. However you chose to explore Gower, we’re sure you’ll fall head over heels for this pretty peninsula.

With so much to do, you really can make a holiday last a lifetime in Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower.

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