Swansea Bay and Mumbles

The Mumbles Railway

The world’s first passenger railway service ran between Swansea and Mumbles. Originally built in 1804 to move limestone from the quarries of Mumbles to Swansea it carried the world’s first fare-paying railway passengers on 25 March 1807.  It later moved from horsepower to steam locomotion, and finally converted to electric trams, before closing in January 1960, in favor of motor buses. At the time of the railway’s closure, it had been the world’s longest-serving railway and it still holds the record for the highest number of forms of traction of any railway in the world – horse-drawn, sail power, steam power, electric power, petrol, and diesel.

Mumbles train at Oystermouth
History of Swansea

It is believed that Swansea was established by Vikings during the 7-8th century and that the name is derived from the Norse words SEWYN and EYE. The city was developed along the lower reaches of the river Tawe that enters the Bristol channel at Swasea docks. The welsh name for Swansea is Abertawe that translates as “mouth of the river Tawe”. The Normans established the Borough of Swansea in the 12th century and by the end of the medieval period the Town was a prosperous trading centre. In the late 18th century, Swansea known as the “Brighton of Wales”. The Burrows (sea front around the current marina area) was laid out as a pleasure garden with public assembly rooms and a marine promenade.

With the onset of the industrial revolution Swansea became one of the most heavily industrialised towns in Britain and was known as Copperopolis. It was the centre of the worlds copper smelting industry, controlling the world price of copper, and the third largest coal port in Britain. The Swansea Metal Exchange was opened in Wind Street and became the international centre for trade dealing in tinplate. The Bank of England opened its first branch outside London and over thirty Vice Consulates from all over the world were opened in Swansea.

Two other interesting facts to emerge from this time are that Birds Custard Powder was invented by Alfred Bird in his chemist’s shop in Port Tennant Road and that Swansea was the first town in Britain to have its own telephone exchange.????????????

 

5 miles to Llanmadoc from Hill House (14 minutes)

Park in field at Cwm Ivy (Honesty box)and walk down into the nature reserve.

Walk out to the lighthouse through the pine woods.

 

Also accessible via the footpath along the dyke close to the Britannia Inn or from Broughton Bay.

 

Bathing not recommended due to strong current.
Dogs allowed on beach all year

Broughton Bay Gower

5 miles to Llanmadoc caravan park from Hill House (14 minutes)

 

Car parking at either the Llanmadoc or Broughton Caravan Sites.
Privately owned Car parks – Daily ticket

 

A large, remote and picturesque sandy bay near at the Western tip of Gower.

Beware of strong currents when bathing.
Dogs allowed on beach all year

Blue Pool Gower

6 miles to Broughton caravan park from Hill House (14 minutes)

 

Park your car at Broughton and walk through the dunes.

Privately owned Car park – Daily ticket.

Also accessible on foot from Llangennith beach at low tide.

 

Covered at high tide that fills a natural plunge pool formation in the rocks.

Dogs allowed on beach all year

Mewslade Gower

Remote, secluded bay, covered at high tide.

 

Car Park in farm field at Pittonand walk down the valley.

Can also be reached by following the coastal path.

 

Enjoy sloping sea cliffs, un spoilt scenery and breathtaking views.
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Descent onto beach is moderately difficult with rough terrain.

Port Eynon Gower

8 miles from Hill House (14 minutes)

 

Safe and sandy with rock pools to explore at low tide.
Voted Britain’s best beach in 2011.

 

Pay and display car park, refreshment and public toilet facilities
Partial dog ban – 1st May to 30th September
Lifeguard May – September
Blue Flag and Seaside Award

Horton BAy Gower

8 miles from Hill House (14 minutes by car)

 

Spacious and safe for family fun.

 

Car park
Refreshment and toilet facilities
Partial dog ban – 1st May to 30th September

Slade bay Gower

 

 

Small secluded sandy.
Access is by foot along the coastal path from Oxwich / Horton or through the fields from Slade village.

Oxwich Bay Gower

7 miles from Hill House (15 minutes)

 

2.5 mile long sandy beaches

 

Popular spot for swimming and water sports including diving, sailing, water skiing and windsurfing.

 

Facilities for launching boats and jet skies.

 

Privately owned beach side car park – Daily ticket
Refreshment and toilet facilities
Dogs allowed on beach all year.

Crawley Woods

Just under 4 miles form Hill House (9 minutes by car)

Smallsandy beach between Tor Bay and Oxwich.

Access is by foot along the costal path through the woods.

limited On / Off road parking at Nicholastone.

Tor Bay Gower

Penmaen is 4 miles form Hill House (10 minutes)

Tor Bay sheltered and sandy.

 

Limited off road parking at Penmaen.

Accessed by foot via the coastal path along the cliffs and sand dunes from Penmaen or along the sands, at low tide, from Three Cliffs or Crawley Woods.

4 miles to Penmaea & 5 miles to Parkmill from Hill House (10 & 12 minutes)

 

One of the most picturesque bays in Gower.

 

Voted Britain’s Best Beach by the BBC Holiday Squad in 2006.
Runner up in ITV’s Britain’s fauorute View.

 

A spectacular view of the Three Cliffs can be enjoyed from a view point overlooking the bay on the A4118 near the village of Penmaen.

 

Access is via footpaths through the sand dunes from Penmaen or through the woods from Parkmill.

 

Please note that bathing is not recommended due to strong currents.

Pobbles bay Gower

7 miles form Hill House to Southgate (18 minutes)

 

A popular small sandy beach.

 

Only accessible by foot.

 

Take the coastal footpath from Southgate or along the sand, at low tide, from Three Cliffs Bay.

Pwll Du Gower

9 miles by car from Hill House to Bishopstone (20 minutes by car).

 

A large sandy secluded beach backed by a high bank of Pebbles.

 

Not accessible by Car.
Take the coastal or Bishopston valley footpath.

 

Owned by National Trust

Brandy Cove Gower

A secluded sandy cove.

 

Only accessible via the coastal foot path.

 

Park your car at Caswell.
Walk along cliff top coastal path taking in the stunning scenery.
Access for dogs is affected by seasonal dog ban at Caswell Bay

10 miles from Hill House (23 minutes by car).

 

An extremely attractive bay popular with water-sports lovers and ideal for families.

 

Pay and Display beach side car parking.
Refreshment and public toilet facilities.
Lifeguard May – September.
Seasonal dog ban – 1st May to 30th September.

 

Blue Flag, Seaside Award and Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide.

11 miles from Hill House (26 minutes by car).

 

With it’s landmark beach huts this bay is extremely popular with families.

 

Pay and Display beach side car parking
Refreshment and public toilet facilities
Lifeguard May – September.
Public tennis courts.

Seasonal dog ban – 1st May to 30th September

 

Green Coast Award, Rurual Seaside Award andMarine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide

 

11 miles from Hill House (26 minutes by car).

A small sandy bay adjacent to the much larger Langland bay.

 

Refreshment facilities.
limited on road parking.
Toilet facilities at Langland.

Limeslade

13 miles (29 minutes) from Hill House

 

A small bay surrounded by cliffs with a pebble and sandy cove.

 

Access by steps.

 

Close to the facilities at Bracelet Bay.
Alongside the coastal footpath to Langland.
Dogs allowed on beach all year.

 

Green Coast Award, Rural Seaside Award and Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide.

13 miles.from Hill House. (29 minutes by car)

 

Sandy cove with pebbles and rock pools.

 

Offers a range of activities for all the family.

 

Close to coastal path to Langland.
Pay and Display beach side car parking.
Refreshment childrens playground and public toilet facilities.

 

Seasonal dog ban – 1st May to 30th September.
Blue Flag, Seaside Award and Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide.

FAll Bay Gower

Superb remote and secluded bay, covered at high tide.

 

Car Park at Rhossili and walk along coastal path or through lane and fields.

 

Steep cliff decent to beach over very difficult and rough terrain.

Rhossilli

Ten miles from Hill house (22 minutes by car)

 

Access onto southern end of Rhossilli bay via several flights of steps

 

Privately owned car park (daily ticket) or park in church (Honesty box)

 

Consistently voted as Britain’s Best Beach and in Europe’s top three.

 

Hang gliding and paracsending from Rhossilli down (Gower’s highest point)

 

Popular with day trippers admiring the 3 mile bay and cliff top views.
Walk to the coastguard station to view and cross over onto Worms Head.

Refreshments and public toilet facilities.
Dogs allowed on beach and coastal path all year.

North end of Rhossilli bay

Six miles from Hill House (14minutes by car).

Access onto northern end of Rhossilli bay.

 

Car park at Hill End Caravan / camping ground.

Follow the boardwalk through dunes onto beach

 

Refresl.hment and toilet facilities near campsite.

Popular with families and surfers

Dogs allowed on beach all year.

 Hill House
 Llanrhidian
 Swansea
 SA3 1ER

Maritime Quarter – SA1 3ST

Maritme Quarter Swansea Bay and Mumbles

 

Situated between the city and the sea the maritime quarter is home to some of Swansea’s visitor attractions and heritage sites

  • LC2 indoor water park – Telephone 01792 466500
  • Swansea Marina – Telephone 01792 470210
  • The National Waterfront Museum – Telephone 029 2057 2600
  • Dylan Thomas Centre – – Telephone 01792 463980
  • Swansea Museum – Telephone 01792 653 763
  • Copper Jack heritage boat trips – Telephone 01792 347549

Wales;s talent building (2020) on the Gower Peninsula, Swansea, Mumbles

 

The Slip – SA1 4NP

The Slip Swansea Bay and Mumbles

 

The slip was one of the most popular areas of swansea bay during the early to mid parts of the twentieth century.

  • Victoria Park – SA1 4NP
  • The Patt Pavillion – SA1 4PQ
  • St Helens rugby & cricket ground – SA2 0AR
  • Swansea Jack monument – SA2 0AR
  • Dogs allowed on beach between Victoria Park and Sketty Lane.

Swansea bay and Mumbles - the slip

 

Brynmill

Brynmill Swansea Bay and Mumbles

 

Probably the second most popular area of swansea bay during the early to mid parts of the twentieth century.

  • Singleton Park – SA2 8PY
  • Brynmill Park – SA1 oJQ
  • Dogs allowed on beach between Sketty Lane and Victoria Park

Brynmill Pack on the Gower Peninsula, Swansea, Mumbles

 

Sketty Lane

Skety Lane Swansea Bay and Mumbles

 

Another popular area of swansea bay during the early to mid parts of the twentieth century.

  • Singleton Park boating lake – SA3 5AU
  • Wales National Pool SA2 QG
  • Ashleigh Rod FootGolf – SA3 5AU
  • Dogs allowed on beach between Sketty Lane and Victoria Park

Singleton boating lake and crazy golf the Sketty Lane Swansea Bay access point

 

 

Blackpill

 

Blackpill Swansea Bay and Mumbles

Free entry and plenty of things to keep the children occupied.

  • Blackpill Lido – SA3 5AS
  • Clyn botanical Gardens – SA3 5BA
  • Ashleigh Rod FootGolf – SA3 5AU
  • Half Pipe skate park – SA3 5TW
  • Seasonal dog walking restriction between Sketty Lane and West Cross

 

Lido and play area on the Swansea Bay promenade at Blackpill

 

Oystermouth

Oystermouth Swansea Bay and Mumbles

 

Waterfront village with family owned local shops.

  • Oystermouth Castle – SA3 4BD
  • Underhill Park – SA3 4ND
  • Waterfront Tennis courts between Oystermouth and Southend
  • Dogs allowed on beach all year

 

Oystermouth - village shopping Swansea

 

Southend

 

Southend Swansea Bay and Mumbles

The Bay Rider land train runs between Southend and Blakpill during the summer.

  • Southend Gardens – SA3 5TN
  • Crazy golf, children’s play grand, cafes, local shops and public houses
  • Dogs allowed on beach all year

 

Southend gardens - children's play are. and crazy golf Swansea Bay

 

Mumbles

Mumbles Head Swansea Bay and Mumbles

 

At the western tip of Swansea bay with a small stretch of sand the south of the pier.

  • Mumbles Pier
  • Amusement arcade
  • Refreshments and toilet facilities
  • RNLI lifeboat station and museum
  • Mumbles lighthouse and coastguard station
  • The original Apple shop

Mumbles pier Swansea Bay

 

 

Swansea City Centre

Street map Swansea Bay and Mumbles

 

 

Apart from the attractions along the Swansea Bay. promenade he city itself has a lot of attractions for visitors.

  • Swansea Market
  • Grand Theatre
  • Castle Square
  • Glyn Vivien Art Galery
  • Plantasia

 

Swansea Market on the Gower Peninsula, Swansea, Mumbles

 

Gower bays, beaches and coves

Goer from the air

Visit our Gower Peninsula page to see the many bays, beaches and coves along it relatively short coastline

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  • Road and footpath directions
  • Car parking, refreshment and toilet facilities
  • Tide table and lifeguard patrols
  • Duration of dog walking restrictions
  • …. and much more
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Hill House
Self Catering Holiday Cottage
Llanrhidian, Swansea, SA3 1ER

https://www.hillhousegower.co.uk

 

 

 

Key Features
 
  • Large detached family home
  • Sleeps eight in four bedrooms
  • Covered veranda with hot tub
  • Games room with pool table
  • All utility charges included
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Beds made up on changeover day
  • family bathroom and shower room
  • Wi-Fi with unlimited broadband
  • Cot, high chair, stair gate available
  • Pets welcome by prior arrangement
  • Tranquil rural location
  • Extensive gardens and estuary views
  • Off road parking for several cars
  • Visit Wales four star grading
  • No smoking or vaping

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