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Swansea Attractions

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Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula, Wales

Raise a glass in your Swansea hotel to Dylan Thomas, whose poems shaped the city’s art scene and words can still be used to describe its uncorseted nightlife.

Historic Swansea

The world’s first railway line, from Swansea to Mumbles, was emblematic of the city’s determination to enjoy life, as it took the workers to the delights of the seaside. Although it was dismantled in 1960, you can still cycle its scenic course from the marina to Mumbles Pier. Swansea Castle had its heyday in the 13th century as the administrative centre of the Gower, but is overshadowed by the awesome Oystermouth Castle in Mumbles, former home of the de Broases, local bigwigs who ran the region.

Art and museums in Swansea

An important art lover’s pit stop, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery has Old Masters and modernists in its ornate Italianesque galleries. Leave your Swansea hotel and learn about Wales’s most famous wordsmith at the Dylan Thomas Centre or discover the greatest Welsh innovators in the National Waterfront Museum.

Quirky things to do in Swansea

Spend a day by the sea at Mumbles, eating freshly plucked cockles and strolling the Pier. Surfers ride the breakers on the Rolls-Royce of British beaches, nearby Rhossili Bay.

Events in Swansea

There are carnivals and live music at the Swansea Bay Summer Festival throughout peak season. The Swansea Festival of Music and Arts in October welcomes local and international performers to venues across the city.

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Attractions in Swansea:

Swansea City FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Llanelli Scarlets Rugby Season - Magners League

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - May 2013 (annual)

Cardiff Blues Rugby Season - Magners League

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - Apr 2013 (annual)

Newport Gwent Dragons. Courtesy of Rodney Parade Ltd
Newport Gwent Dragons Rugby Season - Magners League

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - May 2013 (annual)

Killerton, Exeter. Courtesy of National Trust

Opening times:
Various according to season - please check before travelling Feb - Dec 2013 (various dates)

What's on in Swansea:

Cardiff Sport Relief Mile. Courtesy of Comic Relief
The Cardiff Mile

Dates Open:
23/03/2015 to 25/03/2015

Six Nations Championship: Wales

Dates Open:
12/02/2016 to 12/02/2016
17/03/2015 to 17/03/2015
10/03/2015 to 10/03/2015

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