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===Landmarks===
 
===Landmarks===
 
[[Image:Oystermouth_Castle.jpg|thumb|250px|Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles, Swansea]]
 
[[Image:Oystermouth_Castle.jpg|thumb|250px|Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles, Swansea]]
[[Image:450px-Swansea_guildhall.jpg|right|thumb|200px|Swansea Guildhall]]
 
 
* '''Swansea Castle''' [http://www.castlewales.com/swansea.html]. 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 centre - the building is flood lit at night.
 
* '''Swansea Castle''' [http://www.castlewales.com/swansea.html]. 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 centre - 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 on the sea-facing side of the building and functions as the city's main concert and reception hall.   
 
* '''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 on the sea-facing side of the building and functions as the city's main concert and reception hall.   
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*'''Dylan Thomas' Childhood Home''', 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands [http://www.5cwmdonkindrive.com/]. Restored to reflect the environment of Dylan's youth, Number Five Cwmdonkin Drive is open as a self catering guest house - suitable for budding writers.       
 
*'''Dylan Thomas' Childhood Home''', 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands [http://www.5cwmdonkindrive.com/]. Restored to reflect the environment of Dylan's youth, Number Five Cwmdonkin Drive is open as a self catering guest house - suitable for budding writers.       
 
* '''Oystermouth Castle''', Mumbles. [http://castlewales.com/oyster.html]. The original castle was founded in the  early 12th century by William de Londres of Ogmore and was constructed of ringwork and bailey. In the 13th century, the castle was the principle residence of the de Braoses, the lords of Gower (their other main residence was Swansea Castle), and most of the structure remaining today originates from this period. King Edward 1 is recorded to have visited the castle in December 1284. The present day remains are well preserved and the battlements offer commanding views over Swansea Bay. There is a small entry fee.
 
* '''Oystermouth Castle''', Mumbles. [http://castlewales.com/oyster.html]. The original castle was founded in the  early 12th century by William de Londres of Ogmore and was constructed of ringwork and bailey. In the 13th century, the castle was the principle residence of the de Braoses, the lords of Gower (their other main residence was Swansea Castle), and most of the structure remaining today originates from this period. King Edward 1 is recorded to have visited the castle in December 1284. The present day remains are well preserved and the battlements offer commanding views over Swansea Bay. There is a small entry fee.
 
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[[Image:450px-Swansea_guildhall.jpg|left|thumb|200px|Swansea Guildhall]]
 
*'''Mumbles Pier''', Mumbles. [http://www.mumbles-pier.co.uk/pier.htm] Built in the 1880s to encourage more passengers  to use the Mumbles Train, the pier is an edifice to the Victorians' love of the ocean. Compared to many piers around the country, Mumbles is quite simple in design, but the 255m walk from beginning to end allows for spectacular views over Swansea Bay. In particular, Oystermouth Castle and the high rises of the city centre are in clear view.  
 
*'''Mumbles Pier''', Mumbles. [http://www.mumbles-pier.co.uk/pier.htm] Built in the 1880s to encourage more passengers  to use the Mumbles Train, the pier is an edifice to the Victorians' love of the ocean. Compared to many piers around the country, Mumbles is quite simple in design, but the 255m walk from beginning to end allows for spectacular views over Swansea Bay. In particular, Oystermouth Castle and the high rises of the city centre are in clear view.  
  
 
*'''Historical buildings'''. Much of Swansea city centre was destroyed in war time bombing. Still, there are large pockets of the historic centre that did survive, and these have painstakingly been restored in recent times. Some of the best examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture can be found on Wind Street (pronounced ''Wined''), with Salubrious Passage (linking Wind Street with Princess Way) being almost exclusively Georgian - though the accolade for oldest buildings in that area goes to Swansea Castle and the Cross Keys (inn), which are respectively relics of the 13th and 14th centuries. At the bottom end of Wind Street and across the main thoroughfare leading from the M4 into Swansea are several lovely Georgian terraces, with Somerset Place and Cambrian Place perhaps being the most stylish. The Dylan Thomas Centre on Somerset Place also represents a fine example of Doric style Georgian architecture, and the area (which leads onto the marina) also has an impressive mixture of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, such as the colonnaded neo-classical style Swansea Museum (1841) and Morgan's Hotel (1903). Across town, Alexandra Road offers some fine examples of baroque revival Edwardian architecture, with the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery acting as the focal point. British visitors may immediately recognize some of Swansea's historic streets as they have featured in the popular TV series Doctor Who.                                                                       
 
*'''Historical buildings'''. Much of Swansea city centre was destroyed in war time bombing. Still, there are large pockets of the historic centre that did survive, and these have painstakingly been restored in recent times. Some of the best examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture can be found on Wind Street (pronounced ''Wined''), with Salubrious Passage (linking Wind Street with Princess Way) being almost exclusively Georgian - though the accolade for oldest buildings in that area goes to Swansea Castle and the Cross Keys (inn), which are respectively relics of the 13th and 14th centuries. At the bottom end of Wind Street and across the main thoroughfare leading from the M4 into Swansea are several lovely Georgian terraces, with Somerset Place and Cambrian Place perhaps being the most stylish. The Dylan Thomas Centre on Somerset Place also represents a fine example of Doric style Georgian architecture, and the area (which leads onto the marina) also has an impressive mixture of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, such as the colonnaded neo-classical style Swansea Museum (1841) and Morgan's Hotel (1903). Across town, Alexandra Road offers some fine examples of baroque revival Edwardian architecture, with the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery acting as the focal point. British visitors may immediately recognize some of Swansea's historic streets as they have featured in the popular TV series Doctor Who.                                                                       
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===Museums and Galleries===   
 
===Museums and Galleries===   
[[Image:510331699_40c6111ae2.jpg|thumb|300px|Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea]]
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*the '''National Waterfront Museum''', Maritime Quarter. Tel:''+44 1792'' 638950 [http://www.nmgw.ac.uk/en/swansea/]. Open daily 10AM-5PM. 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. Admission is free.     
 
*the '''National Waterfront Museum''', Maritime Quarter. Tel:''+44 1792'' 638950 [http://www.nmgw.ac.uk/en/swansea/]. Open daily 10AM-5PM. 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. Admission is free.     
            
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[[Image:510331699_40c6111ae2.jpg|thumb|300px|Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea]]            
 
*the '''Dylan Thomas Centre''', Somerset Place, Marina. Tel:''+44 1792'' 463980 [http://www.dylanthomas.org/]. Tu-Su 9AM-10PM. This splendid example of early 19th century Doric style 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. Admission free.
 
*the '''Dylan Thomas Centre''', Somerset Place, Marina. Tel:''+44 1792'' 463980 [http://www.dylanthomas.org/]. Tu-Su 9AM-10PM. This splendid example of early 19th century Doric style 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. Admission free.
 
*the '''Glyn Vivian Art Gallery''', Alexandra Road. Tel:''+44 1792'' 516900    [http://www.swanseaheritage.net/]. The gallery housed in a baroque revival Edwardian building 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.     
 
*the '''Glyn Vivian Art Gallery''', Alexandra Road. Tel:''+44 1792'' 516900    [http://www.swanseaheritage.net/]. The gallery housed in a baroque revival Edwardian building 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.     
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===Parks and scenic sites===
 
===Parks and scenic sites===
[[Image:Three_cliffs_bay_gower_rb_200507.jpg |right|thumb|350px|Three Cliffs Bay, Swansea]]
 
 
*'''Swansea Beach''', a 5 mile-long crescent shaped sandy beach just 5 minutes walk from the city centre.  Head south from Swansea Bus station towards the Civic Centre which lies just above the beach.  If visiting by car, there are numerous car parks along Oystermouth Road.  
 
*'''Swansea Beach''', a 5 mile-long crescent shaped sandy beach just 5 minutes walk from the city centre.  Head south from Swansea Bus station towards the Civic Centre which lies just above the beach.  If visiting by car, there are numerous car parks along Oystermouth Road.  
 
*'''Mumbles''' [http://www.mumbles.co.uk/]. A former fishing village located at the western end of Swansea Bay - the quaint streets, a 12th century castle [http://www.castlewales.com/oyster.html], fashionable boutiques and excellent restaurants make this suburb of Swansea a must-see destination. The '''promenade''' at Mumbles offers a spectacular panoramic view over Swansea Bay, and Village Lane (behind Patrick's restaurant) is a street of picture postcard fisherman's cottages.  
 
*'''Mumbles''' [http://www.mumbles.co.uk/]. A former fishing village located at the western end of Swansea Bay - the quaint streets, a 12th century castle [http://www.castlewales.com/oyster.html], fashionable boutiques and excellent restaurants make this suburb of Swansea a must-see destination. The '''promenade''' at Mumbles offers a spectacular panoramic view over Swansea Bay, and Village Lane (behind Patrick's restaurant) is a street of picture postcard fisherman's cottages.  
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[[Image:Three_cliffs_bay_gower_rb_200507.jpg |left|thumb|350px|Three Cliffs Bay, Swansea]]
 
*The '''[[Gower Peninsula]]''' - the first area in Britain to be designated an "area of outstanding natural beauty" - stunning scenery that 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. Home to '''Oxwich Bay''' - named the most beautiful beach in the UK and one of the most beautiful in the world by The Travel Magazine in 2007 [http://www.thetravelmagazine.net/].  
 
*The '''[[Gower Peninsula]]''' - the first area in Britain to be designated an "area of outstanding natural beauty" - stunning scenery that 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. Home to '''Oxwich Bay''' - named the most beautiful beach in the UK and one of the most beautiful in the world by The Travel Magazine in 2007 [http://www.thetravelmagazine.net/].  
 
*The '''Maritime Quarter'''. An international award winning bay-side 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.  
 
*The '''Maritime Quarter'''. An international award winning bay-side 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.  
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==Buy==  
 
==Buy==  
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===What===
 
===What===
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*'''The Chocolate Factory''', The Kingsway, Fforestfach. Tel:''+44 1792'' 561-617.  Michton luxury chocolates hot from the mould [http://www.michton.com].
 
*'''The Chocolate Factory''', The Kingsway, Fforestfach. Tel:''+44 1792'' 561-617.  Michton luxury chocolates hot from the mould [http://www.michton.com].
[[Image:Swansea_from_kilvey_hill.jpg|right|thumb|450px|Swansea City Center from Kilvey Hill]]
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[[Image:Swansea_from_kilvey_hill.jpg|left|thumb|450px|Swansea City Center from Kilvey Hill]]
  
 
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