Swansea Bay and Mumbles

Swansea is Wales Waterfront City and it is the gateway to the Gower Peninsula. The cities maritime heritage is reflected in the expansive waterfront development and it has over 52 acres of award-winning parks, gardens, and green spaces. Its waterfront promenade runs for five miles between the Maritime Quarter and Mumbles head along the former route of the L.M.S. and Mumbles railways. There are many beach access points along the Swansea Bay promenade together with visitor attractions, children’s play areas, parks, and gardens. it also incorporates a cycle path and it caters to joggers with fitness apparatus at various locations.


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.

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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.

Access to the Swansea Bay at the Slip


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

Entrance to Singleton park opposite Swansea Bay access at Brynmill

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 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 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 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 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

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

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  • Details over thirty unique locations
  • 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


Gower Beaches Hill House self catering holiday cottage




Key Features
  • Large detached family home
  • Sleeps nine in four bedrooms
  • 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 three star grading
  • No smoking or vaping

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