Area Guide

A selection of attractions and things to do in Swansea and the surrounding areas:

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Mumbles

The Mumbles is a mile-long strip of pastel-painted houses, pubs and restaurants, with a promenade walk and a Victorian pier at the far end. Built in 1898, Mumbles Pier was recently renovated; the pavilion now houses an amusement arcade, ten-pin bowling, and a brand new ice-rink, and there's a private, sandy beach down below.

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LC Waterpark

LC Waterpark is packed into 3 zones – Edge, Core and Peak, bringing a whole new world of leisure to Swansea offering the ultimate experience, whether you crave extreme thrills or just want an enjoyable day out for the family.

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Call of the Wild Adventure Activites

Award winning outdoor activity company based in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales, UK. We offer activities in Swansea such as canyoning, caving, climbing, mountain walking, quad biking, clay pigeon shooting and paintballing.We have two bunkhouses with 90 beds, a cafe and bar.

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Swansea Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre in Swansea has a wide variety of shows and exhibitions for everyone to enjoy. Footlights Cafe is open from 11.00am to 3.30pm on performance days (closed on Mondays), and Footlights restaurant is open from 5.00 pm on performance days until 11.00pm and has full access for wheelchair users. Opening times - Monday to Saturday: 9.30am - 8.00pm (9.30am - 6.00pm on non performance days)Sunday: Open for one hour before performances

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Dylan Thomas Centre

Museum that chronicles the life and works of Thomas Dylan, one of the most notable of Welsh poets.

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Gower Surfing Development

SurfGSD is the ONLY licensed surf school by The City and County Of Swansea in the area and is the only surf school allowed to run surfing lessons at Caswell Bay, near Mumbles Village.About SurfGSD:Established over a decade ago, SurfGSD is one of the premier British Surfing Association approved surf schools.

Recently featured on The Gadget show when Jason Bradbury had an indoor surfing lesson with us. Then Anna Richardson of the C4 Supersize versus Superskinny took an outdoor surfing lesson with us at Caswell Bay, Swansea. We have also been in the highly acclaimed Coast magazine, Times, Guardian, Observer, Daily Mirror, and the Independant. Our moto is Surfing for Everyone!

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The National Showcaves Centre for Wales

There are ten attractions all included in the one entry ticket, and there is plenty to see and do for all ages. The 3 different caves Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave each offer a unique underground experience.

In Dan-yr-Ogof you walk through the beautifully decorated passageways for just under 1 kilometre; in Cathedral Cave you walk through its enormous caverns, carved out millions of years ago, and at the end of this cave experience the excitement of walking behind the 40 feet high waterfalls that cascade around you in the ‘Dome of St Paul’s’, an atmospheric end to a truly wonderful cave; and in Bone Cave learn why 42 human skeletons were buried here, and how our ancestors used caves all those years ago.

On site we also have one of the world’s largest collections of life-sized dinosaur models, ranging from the ever popular Tyrannosaurus Rex and Brachiosaurs, to the lesser-known Tsintaosaurus. There are over 200 models here – can you find your favourite dinosaur?

The Shire Horse Centre offers the excitement of the 2 covered children’s play areas, the farm yard area, and why not make friends with the gentle giants – the Shire horses who are waiting to say hello. Include the Iron Age village, museum, and stone circles, and you have plenty to see and do for all ages, and for those who may want a break, there is our Coffee shop, and the Rock and Dinosaur shop to enjoy.

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Mountain Biking - Afan Forest Park

Afan offers a mountain biking experience second to none. This place has it all from flowing swooping singletrack threading through beautiful forest to exposed rocky doubletrack on wide open hills.

Forestry Commission Wales' Afan Forest Park is the fastest growing mountain bike area in Britain and located only minutes from the M4 it’s perfect for those wanting to reach a variety of fantastic riding fast. With 4 superb flowing trails and more all weather singletrack than any other MBWales centre you simply have to check it out!

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Go Ape! Margam

Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Situated in nearby Port Talbot. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.

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Tenpin Swansea

Situated near the city centre. Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!

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National Waterfront Museum

The Maritime Quarter's flagship attraction is housed partly in a 1901 dockside warehouse and partly in a stunning modern glass-and-slate extension. A series of themed exhibition galleries covers the history of Welsh industry and innovation, making much use of interactive computer screens and audiovisual presentations.

Highlights include the 'People' exhibit, which brings whole communities back to life using the records from the 1851 census to tell the stories of Swansea people. The Sea gallery tells tales of Cape Horner clipper ships and how Swansea became the 19th-century 'Copper Capital of the World'.

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Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Housed in an elegant Italianate building in the north of the city centre, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery displays a wide range of Welsh art - Richard Wilson's evocative landscapes, haunting works by Gwen John, bold portraits by her brother Augustus, and a whole room devoted to the more contemporary Ceri Richards. There are also fine works by Walter Sickert, Wyndham Lewis, Stanley Spencer and John Nash, alongside multimedia temporary exhibitions. There's also a collection of ceramics.

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Cinemas

Swansea has two large multi-screen cinemas. The Vue and The Odeon both situated within walking distance of the city centre.