Swansea Castle- the ruins of this 13th century castle are located in the city center. While the remains are not substantial enough to warrant a special visit, the contrast of the battlements against the more contemporary architecture of its surroundings does provide an interesting backdrop for souvenir photographs of Swansea city center - the building is flood lit at night.
The Guildhall - This elegant building of white Portland stone has graced the city center's western approach since 1934. The main building only houses administrative offices and is of no interest to the casual visitor. However, Sir Frank Brangwyn's murals (originally intended for the House of Lords, but considered too frivolous) that grace the interior of the Brangwyn Hall are definitely worth viewing. The Brangwyn Hall is located on the sea-facing side of the building and functions as the city's main concert and reception hall.
Dylan Thomas' Childhood Home, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands - currently under renovation.
Oystermouth Castle, located in Mumbles, the battlements of this castle offer commanding views over Swansea Bay, and it is one of Swansea's finest and best preserved fortresses. There is a small entry fee.
the National Waterfront Museum, Maritime Quarter. Tel:+44 1792 638-950 - Housed in an iconic building clad in Welsh slate, the National Waterfront Museum represents an exciting and innovative way to explore the development of the industrial revolution - through the eyes of the people whose lives it touched and transformed. The toil, the achievements, the defeats and the joys are revealed through the museum's creative exhibitions. Children will particularly enjoy the working machinery. There are also cafes and gift shops overlooking the marina. This is one of the UK's most imaginative exhibition spaces and must-see destinations. Open daily 10AM-5PM. Admission is free.
the Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place, Marina. Tel:+44 1792 463-980 - This spendid example of early 19th century architecture served as Swansea Guildhall for over 100 years. It became the Dylan Thomas Center in 1995 when it was refurbished in commemoration of Swansea hosting the 1995 UK Year of Literature and Writing, and was opened by former US President Jimmy Carter. The center is dedicated to the works of Swansea's greatest literary son, and in addition to a theater, exhibition and events hall, the center also has a second hand book store and gift shop. The local cuisine served in the second floor restaurant is highly recommended. Open Tues-Sun, 9AM-10PM. Admission free.
the Glyn Vivian Art Gallery, Mansel street. Tel:+44 1792 655-006 - The gallery has permanent exhibits of paintings by local artists and a good collection of Swansea china. In addition, it frequently hosts exhibitions of national and international works of art. Open: Tues-Sun 9AM-5PM. Admission free.
Swansea Museum, Victoria Road, Maritime Quarter. Tel:+44 1792 653763 - This grade two, neo classic building was Wales' first museum, and displays artifacts as diverse as Swansea china and an Egyptian mummy. The museum gift shop sells good quality souvenirs. Open: Tues-Sun 9AM-5PM. Admission free.
Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill, Gower, Swansea. Tel:+44 1792 371-206 - a rural life museum based around a working water mill - gift shop and cafe on site.
the Egypt Centre, near Taliesin Art Centre, Swansea University campus. Tel:+44 1792 295-960 - one of the UK's best collections of ancient Egyptian artifacts outside London. Open Tues-Sat, 10AM-4PM, entry free.
Mission Gallery, Gloucester Place, Marina. Tel:+44 1792 652-016. A small independent gallery located in a converted sea-man's chapel. Open: Mon-Sun 11AM-5PM. Entrance - free.
Exposure Art Gallery, 9 College Street. Tel:+44 1792 641313. A city center gallery established by the Swansea Guild of Artists and sponsored by Air Wales. Open: Mon-Thurs 10AM–5PM, Fri & Sat 11AM–4PM. Admission free.
1940s Swansea Bay, Elba Crescent, Crymlyn Burrows (off Fabian Way - the main road linking the city center and M4 motorway) Tel:+44 1792 458-864, E-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> This small museum invites visitors to experience life in Swansea during the second world war and through the blitz that devastated the city center. NB: This is definitely a museum in the making, and at present the entrance fee is probably a bit steep. However, for those interested in war memorabilia, it is worth a visit and the owners are very friendly and helpful. Open: March–Oct: 10AM–5PM, Nov–Feb:10AM–4PM (Closed 24-26 December, 1st January and Mondays Oct-March). The museum offers free parking and has a gift shop and cafe.
Mellow Mango, Café Nissé, 11 Wind Street - a gallery in a cafe. Exhibits focus on the work of local artists.
The former fishing village of Mumbles, at the western end of Swansea Bay - The quaint streets, a 12th century castle , fashionable boutiques and excellent restaurants make this suburb of Swansea a must-see destination. The promenade at Mumbles gives a great view over Swansea Bay.
The entire Gower Peninsula, which was the first area in Britain to be designated an "area of outstanding natural beauty". The scenery is stunning, and extends from sandy beaches, hidden coves and lush country-side. In addition, (including the ruins of Swansea castle) there are seven medieval castles to explore.
The Maritime Quarter- an international award winning bayside development. The swinging masts and sails of the three marinas offer a great backdrop to the theaters, museums, hotels, cafes, bars and restaurants that jostle for positions in this tight little corner off the city center. The south-side faces the sea, where there are great views over Swansea Bay and the Mumbles Head.
Plantasia, Parc Tawe. Tel:+44 1792 474-555 - hot house in the city center, complete with three different climate zones and exotic butterflies.
Singleton Park - This is Swansea's largest park, which meanders over several acres of gentle undulating hills and leads down to Swansea Bay. There are botanical gardens near the Sketty end of the park, while Swansea University occupies land at the lower end, near the sea front. The main entrance to the park is on Mumbles Road, just past the St. Helen's Stadium.
Clyne Gardens and Country Park - this is no doubt the gem in the crown of Swansea parks. Originally a private garden, Clyne is bursting with flora and fauna meticulously collected from across the world. It is has an internationally recognised collection of rhododendrons and azaleas which are at their spectacular best in May. The Chinese style pond, complete with willow trees and oriental bridge is a great place to relax and watch the clouds sail by. Entrance behind the Woodman pub on Mumbles Road at Blackpill.
Cwmdonkin Park, located in the Uplands, this classic Victorian park was a favorite with Dylan Thomas, and several of his works were inspired here.
Brynmill Park, Swansea's oldest park, is also located in Dylan's Uplands and is famous for its large swan lake.
One of the best views over the city and Swansea Bay is from Pant-y-Celyn Road in Townhill (near the Townhill Campus of Swansea Institute). There are bay-facing parking areas along the road that allow the stunning views to be enjoyed from the comfort of your car. The scene is especially spectacular at dusk with the sun setting over Mumbles Head. For the adventurous and those possessing cars with strong brakes, return to the city center via the 1 in 3 incline of the cobbled street of Constitution Hill.