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City, Coast, Country

Front cover Three Cliffs Bay This page Waterfront City Opposite top Afan Forest Park Opposite bottom Waterfall Country Back cover Mumbles

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Beaches Let’s just say that they’re something of a local speciality

woods Or, if you prefer... walking, mountain biking, rockpooling, surfing, bushcrafts, building sandcastles. We have them all in one go in this uniquely varied part of Wales. They’re neatly packaged too. Within a handful of miles of Swansea you’re tripping over Mumbles as you enter the gorgeous Gower Peninsula. Half an hour the other way takes you into our wet and wild ‘Waterfall Country’ and green, wooded valleys.


Walking on Water Not quite, but it’s heavenly around Gower on the new Wales Coast Path


Wood and Waterfall Walks You won’t be humming The Trail of the Lonesome Pine. There’s too much forest for that


Swansea It’s got cockles. It’s got Mumbles. It’s beside the Bay


Local Heroes Dylan Thomas and Richard Burton, no less


Visiting Time Arts and attractions


Day Tripper Make that three – where to go and what to do in three days

It’s surprising what you’ll find in and around Wales’ Waterfront City. We have proper, grown-up things for adults to enjoy. And some of the best beaches and attractions in the UK for families.


And it all comes without airport hassle, pile-’em-high package holidays and Euro angst.


Festivals and Events On the sports field, in the theatre, under the stars


Area Maps


Making Plans Start here to plan your perfect break

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Beach Breaks

We have lots of those here in Wales’ surfing capital. But our beaches are also great for all kinds of sandy, salty activities on short breaks and long breaks, on spring and autumn weekends away and splash-around summer hols spent building sandcastles.


This page Llangennith, Rhossili Bay

No big surprise, really. After all, we’re Wales’ Waterfront City. The waves are within skimming distance of the shops, there’s a big beach – and an even bigger bay – just across the road from the park, and a snazzy marina filled with boats. That’s just the start of it. At one side of the Bay you’ll find more bucketfuls of sand at Aberavon beach. At the other there’s Mumbles, our swanky, stylish little sailing resort that everyone – locals and visitors – just love. And, keeping the best until last, waiting around the headland is the beautiful Gower Peninsula, where beachy things are a way of life.

All beaches great and small If you don’t believe us, take a walk along Rhossili beach in the far west where Gower runs out of land, but not sand. You’ll be walking for some time – all the way to Whitford Burrows and more miles of beach before you’re finished. Now take yourself to Pwll Du Bay or neighbouring Brandy Cove, tiny places hidden away amongst cliffs on the south coast. You won’t believe they share the same peninsula as boundless, endless Rhossili.

Some people like the cosy, comfy feel of intimate, rocky coves. Others go for the big time and head for open, sandy spaces bordering on the infinite. We’re good at both (and the beaches in between little and large).

Top Mumbles at Sunset Bottom Surfing, South Gower

The surf’s been up for some time. Surfing and Swansea Bay go back a long way. Way back to the 1960s when the locals began riding the Atlantic breakers at west facing Llangennith, the scattered coastal village on Gower. This is Wales’ spiritual West Coast, where California meets Cambria. You can’t move here in summer for split-screen VWs and beach-blonde surfers. Though, in the words of the legendary Pete Jones from PJ’s Surfshop, the beach is ‘so big there’s room for everyone’.


Surfing plus... Nowadays, it’s not just the waves at Llangennith, Caswell Bay, Langland Bay and Aberavon that attract the surfing crowd. Kitesurfing is also big news, especially along Rhossili and Swansea Bay and at Port Eynon, Oxwich and Aberavon. You can also go windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, waterskiing or wakeboarding… or galloping across the beach on horseback. There’s even an alternative to surfing in the sea. Swansea’s LC leisure complex is awash with all kinds of aqua activities, including Europe’s first ‘Boardrider’ indoor surf experience.

Being beside the Seaside Holidays at home are back in fashion – and about time too, we say. Swansea Bay has 50-odd beaches, bays and coves. Sandcastles and beach games, rockpools and dunes, paddling and swimming, proms and piers, beach cafés and beach huts… we’ve got them all, in (buckets and) spades.

Go Gower A few words about the Gower Peninsula. It’s gorgeous. It’s Britain’s first ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. It’s 19 miles long with a coastline of around 35 miles, around three-quarters of which is in the care of the National Trust. So it’s a safe bet to say that its natural beauty is pretty constant. But in other ways it keeps on changing. The moody, low-lying saltmarshes and cockle beds along the north coast are a world away from the south’s sunny cliffs and beaches. Left Rhossili Bay Top left Gower Cave Bottom left Langland Beach Chalets


A-list for Aberavon

Swansea Bay is framed by two very different harbours. Mumbles is Victorian-cosmopolitan, a confection of high end boutiques and ice cream parlours, seaside chic and retro fun. The Maritime Quarter and SA1 Waterfront in the historic docklands across the Bay are the opposite – quite literally. Here you’ll find a city that’s reacquainting itself with its maritime roots in a modern way – and feeling glad to be back.

Two miles of promenade, a wide, sandy beach and spectacular views across Swansea Bay to the Gower Peninsula. No wonder that local hero Michael Sheen loves walking here when he returns home from Hollywood.

Top right Mewslade Bay Below Worm’s Head from Rhossili Downs

Flagging up our awards

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The mantelpiece is groaning. No, honestly. We’re almost embarrassed to mention that Rhossili and Port Eynon have yet again won top beach awards (the latter ‘Britain’s Best Beach 2011’, no less). Then we have to make space for the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards, the Green Coast and Rural Seaside Awards – 15 at the last count.

We’re very family friendly – and that includes your family pet. Gower in particular is very popular with dog owners, many beaches allowing year-round access including Rhossili, the UK’s top dogfriendly beach according to The Times.


Waterfront Wonderwalks 2012 is a big year for walkers in Wales. By May, the Welsh Government is committed to creating a continuous 861 mile path that runs right around the coast, enabling walkers to ‘discover the shape of the nation’.

This page Three Cliffs Bay

Go all the way around Gower There will, of course, be many highlights along these 861 miles. We like to think that the 39 mile walk around the Gower Peninsula will be up there with the best. After all, Gower is the UK’s first ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, an accolade it won in 1956 on the strength of its stunning coastline. Some of the many places that might stop you in your tracks... Caswell Bay Kick off your boots and go rockpooling. Three Cliffs Bay Stop to savour the ‘Michelin star views’ of the beach and cliffs. Oxwich Explore the dunes and reedbeds, part of a rare coastal nature reserve. Kate Humble reckons ‘it feels like the Pacific coastline of California’. Rhossili take one Go off-piste to the part time tidal island of Worm’s Head – but check the tide times beforehand. Or enjoy it from the ‘shop with a view’, the biggest, most scenic National Trust shop (and visitor centre) in Wales.

Rhossili take two Unpack the binoculars on the three mile beach (the ‘king’ of Gower) and see if you can spot basking sharks, grey seals and bottlenose dolphins. And oystercatchers, cormorants, diving gannets and hang gliders.

The Welsh Proms These come in two parts – and are also part of the new Wales Coast Path. You won’t need walking boots for the five-mile promenade along Swansea Bay. Or the two mile seafront walk beside Aberavon Beach. But you will need a camera with a wide angle lens to capture the big bayside views.

Llanrhidian Here’s an unusual sight: sheep grazing on low-lying saltings where you’re never quite sure where land meets sea. They’re lapping it up, and so are we (Gower saltmarsh lamb is world-class). Penclawdd Watch the cockle pickers – it’s a centuries old tradition in north Gower. Then bag a bag, sprinkle with vinegar and pepper, and enjoy.

Top left Take the Coast Path Left The Prom, Swansea Bay Top Aberavon Seafront Above Views across North Gower 07

Wood & Waterfall Wonderwalks We may have mentioned this before. 08

When you travel 10 or 20 miles in this part of Wales you’ll go from beach to forest, rockpool to waterfall.

Welcome to ‘Waterfall Country’ You’ll find it in the Vale of Neath, a broad valley lined with woods and waterfalls. Walk to the Melincwrt Falls, hidden amongst a dense canopy of trees. Or go to Sgw ˆ d Gwladus, set in a dark, mossy valley that appears almost primeval. It’s ‘Canal Country’ too. Inland waterways are the Vale of Neath’s other classic water feature. Take to the towpath of the Neath Canal and walk to Aberdulais with its canal basin and unique skew bridge. There’s a Swansea Canal Trail, too, starting at Clydach and running up the Tawe Valley. Make for the lakes. Why aren’t more people aware of the tranquil Lliw Valley reservoirs, shielded by woods north of Swansea’s City Centre? For an easy walk follow the three mile trail around the lower lake. You might well have the place all to yourself. If you go down to the woods… And if you know where to look, Afan Forest Park will reveal glimpses of its industrial heritage. Left Winter walk at Parkmill Right Melincwrt Waterfall

The seven mile Pencraig Isaf Walk from the Glyncorrwg Ponds Mountain Bike Centre leads you through lovely larch woodland, but also takes in terraced houses from former coalmining communities and a railway line built by engineering genius Isambard Kingdom Brunel. All ways Gower. You’ve done Gower by coast (see the previous pages). Now it’s the turn of the Gower Way, a 35 mile cross country route. It’s extremely walker friendly – the route, split into three bite-sized sections, is waymarked all the way. If legend is to be believed, you’ll be following in footsteps fit for a king when you get to Arthur’s Stone, a high and mighty landmark with far reaching views. Bussy boots. Our ‘Walking by Bus’ green initiative gets you out and about without a car by promoting short walks linked to bus routes. Gower in particular is well served by this popular service. And now for something completely different. Follow in the footsteps of Richard Burton. The three mile trail in Afan Forest Park, named after the great actor takes you from his home village of Pontrhydyfen to Cwmafan.


Wales’ Waterfront City Swansea is a city that’s big in heart and more than happy enough to admit to being on a human scale.


This page Swansea Bay at dusk Middle Welshcakes, Swansea Market Top right Alfresco dining, Swansea Bay Bottom right Swansea Sailbridge

Things you might not know about Swansea... We’re home to Wales’ oldest museum. Which happens to be just across the road from Wales’ newest museum, the exciting, interactive National Waterfront Museum that puts you in the driving seat. We’re very green as well as sandy, with over 50 parks and gardens. Four Swansea beauty spots have won the coveted Green Flag award, the gardening ‘Oscar’ – Clyne Gardens, Singleton Botanic Gardens, Victoria Park and Brynmill Park. We’re extremely proud of celebrated son Dylan Thomas. But he’s not the only one. There’s also Russell T Davies, reinventor of Dr Who. And Gavin and Stacey’s Joanna Page reckons Swansea ‘just feels warm and safe and I know I’m home’.

On second thoughts... We’re not that small. There’s nothing parochial about our bright, breezy city. The Swans are up there in the Premier League. We have super sports stadia and swimming pools that are the envy of other, bigger cities. Our multi-purpose LC, Wales’ number one attraction, defines what 21st century leisure centres should all be about.

We’re a waterfront city with a proper prom. And it goes on… and on, for five miles. You can walk it, bike it or take a trip on the ‘little train’ along the route of the world’s first passenger railway. On the way play golf, pop into the park or splash around in the lido. And end it all with a stroll along the Promenade.


‘Swansea without Mumbles is like an ice cream without the flake’. Dylan Thomas didn’t say that. But it sums up nicely the way in which Mumbles tops off the city experience. Think of all the things you like about the seaside. Then add a dash of urban sophistication and – voila! – there you have it. Mumbles is salty and stylish. It has a pier and a headland. There are boats, bistros and a beach, art and craft galleries and boutiques, cafés and parlours serving lip-smacking Welsh Italian ice cream.

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Top left Cycling on the Prom Above Mumbles Lighthouse Right Sailing in the Bay

And up above, there’s a well preserved medieval castle that goes by the lovely name of Oystermouth.

of a kind Dylan Thomas and Richard Burton. Chalk and chalk. Or, if you prefer, cheese and cheese. They shared so many characteristics, good and bad: a profound love of language both written and spoken, charisma, volatility and personalities massively forged by their Welsh roots.

University, the permanent home of Burton’s diaries, photographs and other memorabilia kindly donated by his widow, Sally.

Always a handsome stronghold, it’s looking especially good thanks to a recent facelift, which has improved public access and given it a dazzling 30ft /10m high glass bridge which opens up parts of the castle hidden away for centuries. There are yet more reasons to visit – the commanding views across Swansea Bay from the battlements and the historic events and re-enactments held during the summer months.

Burton was a huge Thomas fan (and the greatest interpreter of the poet’s masterwork, Under Milk Wood). He was born just down the road in the village of Pontrhydyfen. Thomas is indelibly linked with Swansea. Both now share a presence in the City thanks to the recent opening of the Richard Burton Centre at Swansea

Almost every nook and cranny of Swansea has Thomas connections. Cwmdonkin Park, which inspired some of his most famous work is just down the (very steep) hill from his Uplands house, preserved as a Thomas time capsule and now open to visitors. Another Thomas treasure trove is the Dylan Thomas Centre, where a unique exhibition celebrates the poet’s life and work. Each autumn, it also holds the Dylan Thomas Festival. 13

We’ve already mentioned some of the many places to visit on other pages in this guide – see our round-up box on these pages for a summary.

Margam Country Park is big and beautiful.


Arts and Attractions

Attractions include a narrow-gauge railway, ‘Go Ape’ high-wire adventure, a deer herd, 18th century orangery, ornamental gardens and Victorian mansion. * Especially family-friendly There’s also a packed events programme. THIS PAGE SWANSEA BAYpopular. AT DUSK No wonder it’s so

Here are some of the other places you won’t want to miss.

Just in case you missed them… Here’s a quick round-up of other places to visit mentioned elsewhere in this guide: Afan Forest Park Mountain biking, walking, cycling, fishing and the South Wales Miners’ Museum (see below). Dylan Thomas Centre The world’s largest collection of Thomas memorabilia. Plantasia A tropical trip into an exotic rainforest of plants and animals. Six castles Loughor, Oystermouth, Oxwich, Pennard, Swansea and Weobley.

The LC Swansea’s full-on family attraction. Wales’ premier waterpark has all kinds of aquatic attractions, including indoor surfing on the Boardrider, the roller-coaster style Masterblaster, Volcano Bay and Wave Pool. We’re not finished yet. On dry land there’s a climbing wall and play area. Top LC Leisure Complex Middle National Waterfront Museum Top right Neath Abbey Bottom right Aberdulais Falls

Mighty Museums Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum is guaranteed to leave a big impression, covering 300 years of innovation and industry all under one roof. The way it tells the story, through hands-on and high-tech exhibits, is innovative in itself, engaging and entertaining visitors of all ages. Its neighbour, Swansea Museum, is completely different. Wales’ oldest – and possibly quirkiest – museum is endearingly old school, an Aladdin’s Cave of dinosaur bones, Egyptian mummies and a Welsh kitchen.

Aberdulais Waterfall Intriguing National Trust site combining industrial heritage with natural beauty, attracting artists of the stature of JMW Turner. It’s a fascinating place. Nowadays it provides hydroenergy that’s as green as its surroundings. Neath Abbey Once called ‘the fairest in Wales’. Difficult to believe that this serene ruin once served as an iron foundry.

That’s entertainment Our eclectic arts scene takes centre stage at many venues, including Swansea’s Grand Theatre and the Dylan Thomas Centre. South Wales Miners’ Museum Captures the dignity and dangers of the coalminer’s life in the Valleys. Gower Heritage Centre This crafts and rural life museum has workshops, a puppet theatre, restored 12th century watermill and woollen mill.


Around the Bay in 3 days Here are just a few ideas on what you can get up to.

There are lots more where these came from... You’re almost in Mumbles. Stop off for an ice cream (it’s compulsory), stroll around the shops and a walk across ancient Oystermouth Castle’s striking new glass bridge.



In the jungle, beside the seaside

Go chameleon spotting at Plantasia, the city centre tropical forest. If they prove elusive, make do with monkeys or piranhas.

Wander down by the Waterfront through snazzy SA1 and across the new Sailbridge. Take a pic – then pack a picnic. Go shopping in Swansea Market for fresh Gower cockles and other local goodies.


The Gower Peninsula is just around the headland – but that will have to wait for another day.

Then catch the Bay Rider ‘little train’ or hire a bike and cycle along the prom (no cars allowed) to Clyne Gardens, where Swansea’s green fingers have been hard at work nurturing azaleas and rhododendrons, bluebell woods and bog gardens.




woods and water


Time to head for the hills. And into the woods. Afan Forest Park is big, very green, very long and a very steep sided vale.

making a past time of it

You’ve already ticked off Oystermouth Castle. But there are still quite a few more to go.

Then go valley hopping again to the Vale of Neath; like the Afan Forest Park, it’s a place where the influences of man and nature are in balance.

Weobley, on Gower’s north coast, was also more manor house than castle. For the unvarnished real thing head for Pennard, a fortress ruin almost lost in the dunes near Parkmill, or the remnants of Loughor Castle.

You’ll see it in the scenery and at Gnoll Country Park, where fancy cascades tumble through landscaped grounds.

Afan is where mountain bikers come for their adrenaline rush as they whizz down ‘The Wall’ or tackle the epic Skyline Trail. This welcoming forest also serves up gentle trails, family cycling routes, horse riding and walking. There’s fishing too, at the picturesque Glyncorrwg Ponds or hop over to Lliw Valley for breathtaking lakeside views.

For past times a little closer to home round off the day with a visit to the Family History Centre at Swansea’s Civic Centre.

Take yourself off to Gower and Oxwich Castle, which starred on the 16th century property market as a ‘des res’ trophy home with the latest must-have mock-military features. En route to the next, stop by Arthur’s Stone, for a 360 degree view around Gower.


Festivals and Events We’re always adding more. For the latest news go to

March Top LC Leisure Complex St David’s Week continues Middle left National (until 3rd) Above Neath Abbey BBC National Orchestra of Wales Top right Aberdulais Falls Brangwyn Hall (10th) Opposite National Welsh Regional Brass Bands Competition Brangwyn Hall (17th – 18th) April Oystermouth Castle Opening Event and Medieval Tournament (6th) ‘Down on the Farm’ Family Fun Day at Margam Country Park (9th) Gorseinon Food Festival (28th) May Clyne in Bloom (1st – 31st) Fortress Wales Margam Country Park (6th – 7th) Mumbles Musical Mile Festival Barricade Open Air Show (12th – 13th) Olympic Torch Celebration (26th)

Event Diary 2012 Top Admiral Swansea Bay 10k Middle Festival of Transport Above The Swans at the Liberty Stadium Top right Waterfront Winterland Right Barricade event 18

January BBC National Orchestra of Wales Brangwyn Hall (14th) February BBC National Orchestra of Wales Brangwyn Hall (11th) Pirate Week at the Gower Heritage Centre (11th – 19th) St David’s Week (25th – 3rd Mar)

June Mumbles Navy Days 2012 & Diamond Jubilee Celebrations (2nd – 5th) Margam Kite and Model Boat Festival Margam Country Park (2nd – 5th) Diamond Jubilee Celebrations (5th) Gower Folk Festival (8th – 10th) Festival of Transport (17th) Gower Walking Festival (9th – 24th) July Gower Festival (15th – 28th) August Botanics in Bloom (1st – 31st) Gower Show (5th)

Swansea Bay Summer Festival Summer fun from May to September. We’ve got it covered, with information updated daily to bring you the latest events

Swansea Bay Beer Festival (23rd – 25th) ‘Animal Magic’ Family Fun Day Margam Country Park (27th) September Gower Bluegrass Festival (7th – 9th) Neath Fair (11th – 15th) Gower Cycling Festival (15th – 22nd) Admiral Swansea Bay 10k (23rd) October Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts (6th – 20th) Gower Cider Weekend Gower Heritage Centre (13th – 14th) Dylan Thomas Festival (27th – 9th Nov)

Swansea Bay welcomes the Olympic Flame On 27th July 2012 the eyes of the world will be on London for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games as the Olympic Flame arrives at the Olympic Stadium for the lighting of the cauldron. The Olympic Flame which represents peace, unity and friendship arrives in the UK on 18th May and starts its 70 day journey around the UK towards the Stadium carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers. On 26th May the Olympic Flame will reach Swansea Bay. Torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame through the area as we celebrate the people and places of Swansea Bay and demonstrate that the Olympic spirit is alive and well.

November ‘Sparks in the Dark’ Fireworks Display (5th) Christmas in Swansea – Parade, Illuminations, Christmas Markets and of course… Waterfront Winterland! (from the end of November)

This momentous occasion will be marked by an evening celebration concert in Singleton Park, featuring music, dance and sports activities on a big main stage. Castle Square’s Big Screen in the City Centre will become a Live Site from 1st May and will show the Olympic and Paralympic Games throughout the Games.

December Christmas in Swansea continues! (until early January)

Full details of these events will be announced closer to the time on

It’s official, we’re a Premier destination.

Thanks to our

Super Swans. Swansea City FC is the first Welsh club in the Barclays Premier League and we’re welcoming fans from across the country to enjoy the UK’s top flight football in Wales’ Waterfront City. Brendan Rodgers, Manager of the Swans, feels right at home in Swansea Bay and loves not only the coast and

countryside of his adopted home but the warmth of the local people too. “Swansea is one of the most beautiful cities I've been to. It's absolutely incredible. That's why I was so pleased for the people of Swansea that we got promoted because it will magnify the beautiful city that they have and let the rest of the world see what a great place it is.”

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Swansea Bay Mumbles, Gower, Afan and the Vale of Neath




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Tourist Information Centre

The following pages will give you oodles of ideas on where to stay and what to do. Have a browse and take your pick.

Making Plans

There’s a lot of choice, so if you’re undecided or want to fine-tune your plans then we have the technology!

Plymouth Street Swansea SA1 3QG ( 01792 468321 * Open all year

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Winner of ‘Best Use of Technology’ in the Swansea Bay Tourism Awards 2010 and Highly Commended in the Swansea Lifestyle and Culture Awards 2011!

If technology isn’t your thing you may prefer to speak to a friendly voice or see a friendly face. So please telephone or call into our Tourist Information Centre.

Packed with information and updated daily, the site helps you plan your visit by bringing you the latest events, attractions and activities available in the area. Catch up with the local news, download free maps or visit our photo galleries. You can even win £100 by taking part in our web survey! Don’t miss out on our last minute deals and packages. Keep up-to-date and join us on Facebook and Twitter or download our latest ‘app’ straight to your iphone!

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choosing and booking your accommodation (both locally and nationwide) advice on how to get here and route planning more information on places to visit, where to eat and local events (including ticket sales for selected events) Pop in and take a look at our wide range of books, maps, walking guides, local souvenirs and gifts. For a full list of items for sale, please contact us or go to

Other TICs Mumbles ( 01792 361302 * Open all year

Aberdulais ( 01639 636674 * Open all year (weekends only November – end February) Ask for our free visitor guides to Attractions & Activities, Beaches and Walking & Cycling in Rural Swansea. They’re full of detailed information on what to see and do. Please call 01792 468321. Or order your copy from

Travel information By train Frequent trains run direct from London Paddington, Bristol, Manchester and Cardiff to the Swansea Bay area. There are also good connections from North-East, South and South-West England. For travellers arriving by air, there are fast rail/air links to Swansea Bay from London (Gatwick and Heathrow), Bristol and Cardiff International Airports. The scenic Heart of Wales line also runs direct to Swansea. National Rail enquiries ( 08457 484950 Heart of Wales line

By coach Express coaches run direct to Swansea Bay from Central London, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports; West and South Yorkshire; the West Midlands and Cardiff. National Express enquiry line ( 08717 818178

The M6, M5, M42 and M50 link the area with the Midlands and the North-West, North-East and South-West of England.

By air Cardiff International Airport, which has scheduled flights from many major European destinations, is under an hour’s journey from Swansea Bay. Cardiff International Airport ( 01446 711111

By sea Swansea Cork Ferry Fastnet Line sailings are due to recommence on Friday April 6th 2012 and sail until Saturday September 29th 2012. ( 08445 768831

By car

In addition, sailings operate between Rosslare and Fishguard or Pembroke Dock, both a 90-minute road journey away from Swansea. Irish Ferries (Pembroke) ( 08717 300400

The M4 motorway brings you directly to Swansea Bay from London and the South-East.

Stena Line (Fishguard) ( 08447 707070

Explore Wales Pass Gives you unlimited access to all of Wales’ mainline train services and almost every bus service. It offers great value for money for holiday travel and includes discounted access to key attractions and accommodation throughout Wales. Explore South Wales Passes are also available. ( 08456 061660 /ExploreWales

Try it – it’s one of Britain’s top rural bus networks. From Swansea, buses will also take you to the bays and beaches of Mumbles. Great value all-day tickets are available, one for most of Swansea Bay including Gower, Neath, Port Talbot and the Valleys; and the other for Swansea City and Mumbles. Traveline Cymru ( 08712 002233

Travelling around Swansea Bay Helicopters and personal jets aside, you’ll probably be travelling to Swansea Bay by car, train or coach. We can take over from there, thanks to our super convenient local bus services. Coming into Swansea for a day, for example, you can use one of three ‘park & ride’ sites to get to the City. They’re easy to use – and cheaper than City Centre parking. Our buses will take you almost everywhere. The walks, waterfalls and hidden wonders in the valleys of Neath Port Talbot are easily reached by bus. Gower’s splendid beaches, coastal and country walks are just a short ride from Swansea using Gower Explorer.


Choosing your accommodation On the following pages you’ll find a great choice of places to stay – from five-star luxury to quality B&Bs and cosy self catering properties. How to use our accommodation guide

Access Statements

First of all make a cuppa and have a browse through the selection on offer. On the facing page you will find a key to symbols, awards and abbreviations.

Access information for accommodation, attractions and activities is available online at But, please check with the operator before your visit, to ensure your specific requirements can be catered for.


We want you to enjoy your visit – so please check and confirm all details before booking or travelling.

The prices shown on the following accommodation pages represent: Serviced accommodation: bed and breakfast (B&B), per person, per night, based on two people sharing a twin or double room. Please note that a supplement may apply for single occupancy. Self catering accommodation: per unit, per week. Caravan & camping: tourers per night, tents per night and static caravans per week. Prices were correct at time of publication (December 2011).


A guide to quality assurance

The Star Quality Grading Scheme This grading scheme applies to all types of accommodation: serviced (hotels, guest houses, B&B, farm accommodation, hostel/hostel-type accommodation), self-catering cottages and apartments, caravan holiday homes and touring/camping parks. The star ratings reflect the facilities and overall quality of the experience. Here are the quality ratings: Simple, practical, no frills ★★ Well presented and well run ★★★ Good level of quality and comfort ★★★★ Very good ★★★★★ Excellent ★

All the accommodation featured in this publication has been independently assessed and each given a rating according to the quality and facilities on offer. This means that you can be sure of standards and choose the accommodation that’s just right for you.

Further information on grading and awards can be found at or contact Visit Wales, Welsh Government, Rhodfa Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3UR 0845 010 8020

Visit Wales/AA are the only checking agents in Wales, checking out over 5,000 places. Occasionally, it has not been possible to visit the accommodation prior to publication. In these instances, the property is marked as ‘Awaiting Grading’.

All gradings and awards were correct at time of publication. Grading assessments are on-going and improvements made by establishments may have resulted in a revision since publication. Please check when booking. Please mention this Swansea Bay Holiday Guide when booking.

Quality Assured Visitor Attraction

Walkers and Cyclists Welcome Awards

Adventure Activities Licensing Authority

Properties that provide amenities for walkers and/or cyclists, including drying facilities, secure lockable areas for bikes, storage space for rucksacks and packed lunches.

British Activity Holiday Association British Horse Society Royal Yachting Association

Tourism Swansea Bay

Tourism Quality Services

Many of our operators are members of Tourism Swansea Bay, an association that works with the tourism industry to enhance the visitor experience.

Wales Trekking and Riding Association Association of British Climbing Walls

Pets Many accommodation operators welcome pets, but please check with the accommodation prior to booking. Dogs are welcome on many beaches, but some have seasonal dog bans from 1st May to 30th September ( Play Safe We want you to have a great time in Swansea Bay, so make sure that you have the proper equipment before you begin any activity and check the tide tables prior to any coastal activity (the tide can turn very quickly see Please do not attempt an activity without instruction if you are inexperienced. Our attraction and activity operators take play very seriously and as appropriate, are accredited by the following organizations:

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Ensuite Rooms Licensed Private Parking Totally non-smoking establishment Short breaks available TV in rooms Pets by arrangement Evening meals available Tea/Coffee in rooms Indoor pool Outdoor pool Children welcome Lift Restaurant Credit cards accepted Laundry facilities Meter charge for fuel Linen provided Linen for hire Food/mobile shop Showers Electric hook ups Toilets Children’s playground Chemical toilet facilities Gas cylinders Wireless Internet Access Satellite TV in room 25

Swansea Serviced

Swansea Serviced Places to stay

The Dragon Hotel

The Bayswater

Mercure Swansea

Swansea SA1 5LS

Swansea SA1 3UJ

Swansea SA7 9EG



£41 - £86 F4


£23 - £28 F5

The hotel is in the heart of Swansea's vibrant city centre. Facilities include18m pool, gym, spa and award-winning brasserie. An ideal base to explore the many tourist attractions. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 106 ¨≈p¨Vt§±q>«ZÒ wi 01792 657100

We are situated on the Swansea seafront within walking distance of the city centre, Marina, Leisure Centre, Grand Theatre, St. Helens Cricket & Rugby Ground, the University and Brangwyn Hall. Open: 2-12, Bedrooms: 5 ¨¨Vt±Ò wi 01792 655301


Ibis Swansea

Swansea University

Sketty, Swansea SA2 8AH BB £35 - £47.50 F5

Swansea SA1 8LD

Campus Accommodation SA2 8PP CA £22 - £37 F5

Short drive to city centre, marina, Mumbles and Gower. Minutes walk to University, Singleton Hospital, National Pool, Sketty Hall. Ensuite facilities, extensive breakfast. Free Wi-Fi. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 3 ¨p¨t˙±Ò wi 01792 207100

Located just outside Swansea's city centre, offering contemporary accommodation, good food and innovative design. Fully equipped guestrooms and free onsite car parking is available. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 99 ¨≈p¨t˙§±>«ZÒ wi 01792 638800


Budget Hotel

£22 - £35 G4

Both B&B and self-catering accommodation available. Excellent location, easy to find and so close to the sea. Please use our online booking service: Open: 4, 6-9, Bedrooms: 1100 ¨≈p¨V±q>«Ò wi 01792 295665


£32 - £75 G4

Easy access to M4, near the city centre and Liberty Stadium. Within a few miles of Swansea Marina and Gower beaches. Relax in our indoor heated pool, sauna, or burn some calories in our Seb Coe gym. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 120 ¨≈p¨Vt˙§±q>ZÒ wi 01792 310330

Swansea Waterfront Premier Inn

Morgans Hotel

Premier Inn Swansea City Centre

Maritime Quarter SA1 3SS H £47.50 - £62 F5

Swansea SA1 8QY

Swansea SA1 1RR

Swansea SA1 1EE

£36.99 - £93.99 G4

Budget Hotel

In the bustling Maritime Quarter overlooking the enchanting Swansea Bay, yet just a short stroll from the city, the Marriott is superbly situated and offers extensive facilities. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 119 ¨≈p¨Vt§±q>«ZÒ wi 01792 642020

Swansea's largest hotel boasts 132 bedrooms at the Waterfront Development. A good night is guaranteed in the Premier Inn whilst you enjoy a meal or drink at The Waterfront Beefeater Grill. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 132 ¨≈¨Vt§±>«ZÒ wi 0871 527 9212


Hurst Dene Guest House

Swansea SA1 3UL

Swansea SA2 0LJ


£22 - £35 F5

Small, warm and welcoming family run guesthouse. Situated on stunning Swansea Bay, close to town centre and amenities. En-suite and sea views available, licenced bar, Wi-Fi & freeview. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 8 ¨≈¨t˙±>Ò wi 01792 651380




£32.50 - £125 F5

Swansea's stunning boutique hotel Morgans, is in the Maritime Quarter, moments from the city centre. This listed building boasts unique bedrooms, restaurant and bar, an irresistible venue. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 42 ¨≈p¨Vt§±>«ZÒ wi 01792 484848

Budget Hotel

from £29 G4

You can have a good night guaranteed, comfortable bedrooms, friendly service and fabulous location. Serving great food and drink by people who really care. Rooms available from only £29. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 116 ¨≈¨t§±>«ZÒ wi 01792 634940

£35 - £45 F4

Ideally situated for local attractions. All rooms are tastefully appointed, most being ensuite with tea/coffee facilities, hairdryers, shaving points, colour TV. Private parking. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 10 ¨pt±>Ò wi 01792 280920 27

Swansea Serviced

Swansea Marriott Hotel

Mumbles Serviced

Mumbles Mumbles Serviced Serviced

Langland Road Bed & Breakfast

The Coast House

Tides Reach

Mumbles SA3 4ND

Mumbles SA3 4EH

Mumbles SA3 5TN


£32.50 - £42.50 E5


£35 - £45 F6


£30 - £60 F5

Places to stay

Fabulous B&B in Mumbles, just around the corner from the shops and restaurants, opposite a large park. All rooms ensuite with flat screen TV's, ipod docks and warm welsh welcome. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 3 ¨¨Vt±> wi 01792 361170

Glenview Guest House Mumbles SA3 4LU GA

£37.50 - £47.50 E6

'Get away from it all' at Glenview. Leave your car in the car park, enjoy the magnificent walks and scenery which surround us or enjoy the comfort of our home. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 5 ¨p¨Vt˙±>Ò wi 01792 367933 28 2

Comfortable, clean accommodation with en-suite facilities. Full cooked breakfast. Vegetarian and special diets catered for. Easy strolling distance to Mumbles. Free internet Wi-Fi. Open: 2-11, Bedrooms: 6 ¨¨Vt±>Ò wi 01792 368702

Award winning, elegant B&B with stunning sea views. On a bus route. Downstairs rooms available. Fresh cooked breakfasts our speciality. Close to University, hospital, shops and restaurants. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 6 ¨p¨Vt˙±>Ò wi 01792 404877

Wyndgarth House

Tallizmand Guest House

Port Eynon, Gower SA3 1NR BB £33 - £40 B6

Reynoldston, Gower SA3 1AD BB £35 - £40 C5

Llanmadoc, Gower SA3 1DE

Highmead has stunning views over Port Eynon Bay and the coastline of Gower. Enjoy the peace and tranquility and lovely breakfasts in our comfortable home, where a special welcome awaits you. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 5 ¨p¨±> wi 01792 390300

Wyndgarth is a 5 star B&B set in its own acreage for adult guests who want quality and comfort at a reasonable price. Ample parking, pub 5 minutes walk. Stunning rural views. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 3 ¨p¨Vt± wi 01792 390140

Quiet location. Secluded beaches lined by pine forests. Salt marshes with wild flowers and birds. Coastal and inland walks. Maps provided. Tastefully furnished, all rooms en suite. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 3 ¨p¨Vt± wi 01792 386373

Parc-le-Breos House



Parkmill, Gower SA2 2HA

Reynoldston, Gower SA3 1BS RR £90 - £140 B5 RR

Fairwood, Gower SA2 7JN

A contemporary Country House hotel set in 20 acres of parkland. With an award winning restaurant and wine list of international repute. Eight luxuriously appointed bedrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 8 ¨≈p¨Vt˙§±ZÒ wi 01792 390139

Located on the gateway to Gower in a country lane, yet 3 miles from restaurants, shops and 50 yards from a Golf Club. Beaches easily accessible. Swansea Airport 1 mile. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 3 ¨pt˙±Ò wi 01792 281573

Gower Gower Serviced Serviced


£32.50 B4

Places to stay



£38 - £45 D5

This beautifully appointed Victorian hunting lodge is only 20 minutes' walk from Three Cliffs Bay. Large gardens, games room. Home grown food and pleasantly laid-back style await. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 10 ¨≈p¨Vt˙§±>Ò wi 01792 371636


from £35 E5

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Gower Serviced


Gower Serviced

Kings Head

Fairways B&B

Stoney-Forge Guest House

Llangennith, Gower SA3 1HX INN £32.50 - £65 B5

Gower SA3 5DP

Knelston, Gower SA3 1AR GH £30 - £35 B5

Family run B&B in the heart of Gower. 27 rooms offering luxury en-suite facilities. After a days surfing or walking, relax and enjoy a meal & drink in our traditional 17th century country pub. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 27 ¨≈p¨Vt˙§±>ZÒ 01792 386212

Gateway to Gower, Mumbles and city. Overlooking golf course, close to Clyne Gardens and sea. Beautifully furnished ensuite bedrooms with SKY TV, free Wi-Fi, hospitality trays and pamper kits. Open: 3-10, Bedrooms: 2 ¨p¨Vt±>Ò wi 01792 401080

A warm welcome awaits you at Stoney-Forge. We are in an ideal location to explore the Gower coast. Close to all beaches. Ample car parking. Enquiries to: Margaret Davies. Open: 3-11, Bedrooms: 2 ¨p¨t± wi 01792 390920

The King Arthur Hotel

Wormshead Hotel

Seren Retreat


Reynoldston, Gower SA3 1AD INN £37.50 - £52.50 C5

Rhossili, Gower SA3 1PP

Fairwood Common, Gower SA2 7LB BB £30 - £40 D5

Parkmill, Gower SA3 2EH RR £100 - £160 D5 RR

A traditional country inn with a friendly old pub atmosphere, cosy restaurant serving home cooked, locally produced food and a selection of local ales. Function room available for weddings. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 19 ¨≈p¨Vt§±>ZÒ 01792 390775

Uniquely positioned overlooking the Downs, Rhossili and Worms Head. The Hotel (licenced for marriages) is perfect for special occasions and those guests who enjoy the natural environment. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 17 ¨≈¨Vt§±>ZÒ wi 01792 390512

Our 23 acres of private grounds include an ancient oak forest, river and wildflower meadows. Spacious en-suite accommodation. Easy access to Gower beaches. Holistic therapies, hot tub, sauna. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 3 ¨p¨Vt±>Ò wi 01792 371421

Maes-Yr-Haf is getting better and better. Now officially the best fine dining restaurant in Swansea, why not also try one of our deluxe en-suite rooms to complete an enjoyable stay with us. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 5 ¨≈p¨t§±>ZÒ wi 01792 371000

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£32 - £39 E5

Places to stay



£40 - £68 A5



£30 - £70 H5

Castle Hotel

Tree Tops Guest House

The Parade, Neath SA11 1RB H H £60 - £90 H4

Neath SA11 2SL

Historic inn & birthplace of the Welsh Rugby Union. Ideal for Afan Forest, Brecon Beacons, Swansea & Gower coastlines. Splendid golf courses. Restaurant, bars, weddings. Bike storage. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 29 ¨≈pVt§±>ZÒ wi 01639 641119

Experience the welcome, comfort and hearty breakfasts at Tree Tops. Situated on the A474 at Briton Ferry. 1.5 miles from M4 and market town of Neath. 6 miles from Swansea. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 5 ¨p¨Vt˙±>Ò wi 01639 812419

The Bluebell Hotel

Cwmbach Guest House

Neath SA11 1RA

Cadoxton, Neath SA10 8AH GH £30 - £40 I3


£33 - £37 H4

Places to stay Best Western Hotel of the Year, the award winning hotel is located on the Aberavon Beach front, a blue flag beach. Seven miles from Swansea, a pet friendly hotel. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 52 ¨≈p¨Vt˙§±q>«ZÒ wi 01639 884949


£25 - £45 H4

Offering exceptional luxury accommodation and superb dining facilities in the heart of Neath. The Bluebell Hotel is the ideal choice for guests looking for something a little bit special. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 23 ¨≈p¨Vt§±>«ZÒ wi 01639 644000

Tranquil hillside setting next to country park, overlooking valley. Ample parking, all ensuite, Wi-Fi, water gardens and decking area. Golf, walking and cyclist amenities. Near waterfalls. Open: 1-12, Bedrooms: 5 ¨p¨Vt±>Ò wi 01639 639825 3 1

Afan & The Vale of Neath Serviced

Afan Afan & & The Vale Vale The of Neath Neath Serviced Serviced

Best Western Aberavon Beach Hotel Neath Port Talbot SA12 6QP

Swansea Self Catering

Swansea Swansea Catering Self Catering

Swansea Bay Holiday Apartment

Victoria Quay

Valley View

Swansea SA1 1UA

Swansea SA1 3XG

Craigcefnparc, Swansea SA6 5TE £230 - £550 G3

£445 - £780 F5

£200 - £425 F5

Places to stay

Luxury accommodation & beach-front location with stunning views over the Bay towards Mumbles Head. Well equipped with quality beds and linen. Short walk to city centre and all amenities. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 4+cot, Units: 1 `p ¨Vs> 07971 402613

The apartment’s view, directly overlooking marina. Near beach. Private parking. Superbly appointed. Everything provided. See website. Large discount for long winter stays. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 2-4, Units: 1 `p Vs>Ò 01269 595640

Clyne Farm Cottages Swansea SA3 5AR -

£300 - £1650 E5

Spectacular sea and country views from comfortable, modern conversions of stone barns, offering peaceful accommodation yet close to on-site riding and activities, Gower beaches and Swansea. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 2-16, Units: 9 `pV˙s>Ò wi 01792 403333 32 3

Rural, tranquil, yet minutes from the M4, Swansea, Morriston Hospital and the Afan Valley. Overlooking and adjoining the Cwm Clydach RSPB Nature Reserve, enjoying miles of Mawr countryside. Quality individual properties to suit all. 1 bed apartment, traditional cottage or perhaps ‘The Lodge’, our brand new Log Cabin. Each enjoys secured parking and private garden areas. The beautiful rural setting combined with convenient seaside and city accessibility encourages many guests to return year after year. Testimonials available. Warm Welsh welcome awaits!

Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 2-6, Units: 4 `p ¨V˙s> 01792 845040

Gold Star Holiday Lettings

Swansea, Mumbles & Gower £250 - £1900

Swansea, Mumbles & Gower AG £200 - £1500

Mumbles Self Catering

Mumbles Self Catering

Gower Getaways

Places to stay

Driftwood Limeslade, Mumbles SA3 4JP £140 - £330 F6

Well equipped 2 bedroom chalet, sleeping 3 with private parking to side. Short walk to Bracelet and Limeslade Bay and lovely restaurant. Close to bus stop and village of Mumbles. Open: 2-11, Sleeps: 2-3, Units: 1 p ¨V‡t> 01792 405471

We offer a large selection of beautiful 4 and 5 star holiday properties throughout Swansea, Mumbles and the Gower Peninsula. From remote rural cottages to stunning 5 star apartments overlooking beautiful bays we have something to suit everyone.

Goldstar Holidays offers an extensive range of high standard properties throughout Gower, Mumbles and Swansea Maritime Quarter.

Our concierge service can arrange a full itinerary so your holiday starts from the moment you arrive. We are passionate about Gower and will ensure your holiday is effortless and unforgettable.

Our professional team offer a first class service to ensure your holiday is one to remember.

Visit our website to see the full list of properties along with the latest availability and special offers. Or call our team for help and advice.

A choice of beach-side apartments, a quaint cottage in Gower Peninsula or a luxury home in Mumbles.

Please call our team for sound, honest and helpful advice on the area and any of our properties.

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Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 1-13, Units: 60 `p ¨V˙s>Ò wi 01792 369694

Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 2-16, Units: 70 `¨V˙st>Ò 01792 360555


Over 150 apartments, cottages, houses, villas & chalets from Gower’s largest & most experienced holiday cottage agency. So for this year or next, why not give us a call? We’re always happy to help.

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Gower Self Catering Catering

Murton, Gower SA3 3AR £275 - £500 E5

Caswell Holiday Chalets and Gower Coast Ltd Gower SA3 3BR -

£160 - £440 E6

The Stable Penmaen, Gower SA3 2HQ £240 - £430 D5

Places to stay

Self-catering cottage at Murton near Bishopston. Colour TV, duvets, fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, six beaches within 3 mile radius and four golf courses. Enquiries: Mrs Evans. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 6, Units: 1 `p ¨V‡t> 01792 232732

Ash Cottage

Tir-Cethin Farm

Oxwich, Gower SA3 1LS £150 - £500 C6

Three Crosses, Gower SA4 3NA £600 - £1500 D4

2 Annexes in quiet, private 400 yr old cottage, 1 or 2 bedrooms, parking. Fitted kitchen, w machine, shower room. Dining/lounge, TV/DVD, patio area. 5 min flat walk to nature reserve and beach. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 2-7, Units: 2 `p ¨Vs> 01792 391207

Tir-Cethin Farm is one of the areas newest 5 star rated eco-friendly holiday destinations. Two converted barns Y Llaethdy and Y Beudy sit in idyllic rural countryside on the beautiful Gower. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 7-9, Units: 2 `p ¨Vs> wi 01792 879430

Summercliffe Chalet Park is situated in the attractive and very popular Gower Peninsula with its outstanding beaches and countryside. The Park is 300 yards from Caswell Bay which is ideal for families, walkers, water sports, with its sandy beach, rock pools and small caves to explore. The picturesque village of Mumbles is a short drive away with all amenities for shopping, also varied restaurants and pubs. The City of Swansea is 5 miles away. We offer a range of fully equipped one and two bedroom chalets. Dogs are welcome in certain chalets. Short breaks available out of summer season. Open: 3-10, Sleeps: 2-6, Units: 13 p ¨V‡˙t> 01792 233599

Stone built converted stable in beautiful NT area in South Gower. Ideal for walkers (Cefn Bryn), beach lovers (Tor Bay), surfers, bird watchers and golfers. Ten miles from Swansea. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 2, Units: 1 p ¨˙s 01792 371459

Green Meadows Annexe Three Crosses, Gower SA4 3PP £250 - £390 E4

Self contained, ground floor apartment, fully equipped. Sky TV (movies/sports), parking, private patio area. Gower’s beautiful beaches, coastal/woodland walks, golf courses & Swansea nearby. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 2, Units: 1 `p ¨Vs> 01792 873781 3 5

Gower Self Catering

Murton Farm Cottage

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Bayholme Cottage & Holiday Bungalow Oxwich, Gower SA3 1LS -

£170 - £695 C6

Slade Barn

Bank Farm Holiday Bungalows

Slade, Gower SA3 1NA £500 - £1200 C6

Horton, Gower SA3 1LL £170 - £495 C6

Places to stay

Bayholme Cottage, featured in the BBC TV holiday programme boasts Visit Wales’ highest grading. Approximately 200 yds from the beach. Accommodating 5/6 people.

Renovated to a very high spec. Under floor/solar heating. Fabulous position above Slade Sands. On Oxwich to Horton footpath. Stone floors, marble bathrooms, Gower oak woodwork. All mod cons. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 2-6, Units: 1 `p ¨V˙s> wi 01792 391551

The Hollies Horton, Gower SA3 1LQ £450 - £650 C6

Also detached bungalow on Oxwich Leisure Park with 3 star grading. Accommodates 4. Cleanliness is our priority. Discount for two people. Sorry no pets. Enquiries: Mr M.J. Crombie Tel: Oct-Mar 01792 390785 Apr-Sep 01792 390874

Open: 3-10, Sleeps: 2-5, Units: 3 `p V‡s> 01792 390785 36

The Hollies is situated in one acre of mature grounds, 30m from the beaches of Horton and Port Eynon. A great play area for children. Enjoy wonderful coastal walks. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 2-6, Units: 1 p V‡˙s> 01792 391147

Bank Farm has 11 fully equipped two bedroom holiday bungalows available for hire sleeping 4 or 5 people. The site is within walking distance of the beach. The licensed bar is open March to November serving a variety of meals and drinks. Grocery shop and laundrette on site. We have an outdoor heated swimming pool with retractable roof and a children's adventure playground. One of the bungalows has been adapted for disabled use with level access and a walk in shower room. There is a designated parking space for each bungalow. We also have an outdoor tennis court for hire and Wi-Fi is now available in the bar area. Open: 3-12, Sleeps: 4-5, Units: 11 `≈p V˙tqp>Ò wi 01792 390228


The Cross

Pitton Cross Farm House

Penclawdd, Gower SA4 3LX £250 - £590 D4

Rhossili, Gower SA3 1PL £400 - £1000 A6

Llangennith, Gower SA3 1HU £450 - £899 B5

Rhossili, Gower SA3 1PH £300 - £1200 B6

4 star cottages in great location, secluded yet convenient for all Gower has to offer. Hot tub, three acres, secure parking. Sleeps two to five, short breaks from £150. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 2-5, Units: 4 `p ¨Vs>Ò 01792 851448

Breathtaking sea views. Fully equipped detached house. Large gardens. 3 bedrooms, 1 ensuite. Sleeps 6. Beautiful sandy beaches. Pub, restaurant 500m. Off-road parking. Owner supervised. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 6, Units: 1 `p ¨s> 01792 390616

Spacious cottage with two double and two twin bedrooms, lounge, kitchen/diner and utility room. Enclosed gardens, garage, off road parking . 1 mile from Rhossili Bay or Broughton Bay. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 8, Units: 1 `p Vs>Ò 01792 386213

Gower Holiday Village Scurlage, Nr. Port Eynon, Gower SA3 1AY £251 - £743

A warm welsh welcome awaits you at our friendly holiday village. Set in spacious grounds, our two and three bedroomed bungalows provide a high standard of accommodation and are ideally located to


discover the scenic beauty of Gower. Relax in our heated indoor swimming pool with spa bath and sauna. For your little ones we have an indoor soft play area and an outdoor adventure playground.

01792 390431

We supply free electricity and bed linen. Car Parking is beside your bungalow and pets are welcome in selected bungalows.

Open: 3-12, Sleeps: 4-8, Units: 9 `p ¨V˙sq>Ò wi

Traditional fully equipped farmhouse. 3 bedrooms (2 double, 1 twin), 2 lounges, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, shower room and separate WC. Full central heating throughout. Wood burner in main lounge. Private parking. Enclosed south facing lawned garden. Sea and coastal views. Access to countryside and coastal walks. Short drive or walk to sandy beaches. Fishing, surfing, golf nearby. Village pub and bistro just over one mile. Pets welcome by arrangement. Short breaks available.

Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 6+cot, Units: 1 `p ¨V˙s> 01792 391175 37

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Cedi Cottages

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Oldwalls Gower

Westernside Bungalows


Llanrhidian, Gower SA3 1HA £500 - £2400 C5

Horton, Gower SA3 1LQ £190 - £480 C6

Horton, Gower SA3 1LQ £750 - £1800 C6

5 star award winning Gower Cottages in 50 acres of picturesque meadows, private trout lakes, unspoilt woodland and tennis court. In Britain's first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 24, Units: 5 `≈p ¨V˙s>Ò wi 01792 391468

Accommodation with sea views on private site overlooking award winning Port-Eynon Bay (walking distance). Off road parking. Bar serving meals, outdoor heated pool, launderette. Dogs welcome. Open: 3-12, Sleeps: 4, Units: 4 `≈p ¨V˙sp> 01792 511734

Well-furnished, spacious, family holiday house in quiet seaside village. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 sitting/ study rooms, large fully equipped kitchen, utility area, garden, parking. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 10-12, Units: 1 `p ¨V˙s> 07958 431845

Cwmshon Cottages

1 & 2 Tan yr Eglwys

Cwmbach Lodges

Pontardawe, Swansea SA8 4PL £520 - £750 H2

Pontardawe, Swansea SA8 3JR £300 - £800 H2

Cadoxton, Neath SA10 8AH £300 - £750 I3

Award winning 5 star cottages in peaceful village. Near pubs and shops. Log burner, drying rooms, secure cycle stores, free Wi-Fi. Ideal location for Brecon Beacons, Gower & Waterfall Country. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 1-12, Units: 2 `p ¨V˙s>Ò wi 01792 865237

Welcoming family cottages in a quiet hamlet, rural surroundings (walks, views etc). Convenient for M4, Gower, Brecon Beacons and Vale of Neath. Excellent facilities including woodburners. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 1-11, Units: 2 `p ¨Vs> 01792 863367

Fully equipped stone built lodges, each with private decking. Tranquil hillside setting, ample parking, TV's with Freeview, welcome trays and mid week maid service. Near waterfalls. Open: 1-12, Sleeps: 2-6, Units: 3 `p ¨Vs>Ò wi 01639 639825

Places to stay

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Places Places to to stay stay


Greenways of Gower

Horton, Gower SA3 1LL

Oxwich, Gower SA3 1LY


£15 - £33 C6

Open all year. Quiet family run park near Rhossili, with level pitches and sea views. Over 50's special offer. Good walking. Pets welcome. Gower Kite Centre.

Family run park overlooking Port Eynon Bay. A range of pitches available from grass to fully serviced, with stunning sea views. Within walking distance of the beach. Licensed bar serving meals throughout the day, Wi-Fi now available in bar. Coffee bar serving a variety of snacks and light meals. Well stocked grocery shop and laundrette on site. Outdoor heated swimming pool with retractable roof, perfect for all weather use. Children's adventure play area, indoor games room. Tennis court available to hire. All the facilities you require for a family friendly holiday. Booking is advisable for any Bank Holiday or school holiday.

Open: 1-12, Pitches: 100 `˙Åw Í)?=” Ò 01792 390593

Open: 3-11, Pitches: 180 `≈p¨V˙pÍÅ)w ?=” Ò wi 01792 390228

Pitton Cross Caravan Park Rhossili, Gower SA3 1PH TC TC £9 - £34 B6


Caravan & Camping

Caravan & Camping Places to stay

Bank Farm Leisure Park

£12 - £25 C6

Greenways of Gower is a caravan and camping park in the heart of the Gower AONB. Overlooking the stunning Oxwich Bay, we have a top quality shower block and a warm welcome awaits you! Open: 4-9, Pitches: 180 `≈p˙Åw ?=” Ò 01792 390220

Glyncorrwg Ponds Campsite Glyncorrwg, Port Talbot SA13 3EA TC from £5 J3

Amongst mountain scenery of the Afan Forest Park, Glyncorrwg Ponds Caravan Park is the gateway to the beauty of the S. Wales Valleys. Facilities include cafe, bike shop, trout/coarse fishery. Open: 4-10, Pitches: 30 ≈˙Å)w = wi 01639 851900 339

Attractions & Activities

Attractions & Activities & Activities

Oxwich Watersports

Morriston Golf Club

Swansea Grand Theatre

The Beach Hut, Oxwich Bay, Gower SA3 1LR

Clasemont Road, Morriston, Swansea SA6 6AJ

Singleton Street, Swansea SA1 3QJ

01792 772335

01792 475715

Things to do

Oxwich Watersports is a centre of excellence offering a full range of watersports activities and training for all ages and levels of experience. Ideally situated on the Gower Penninsula. 07740 284079

Teamforce Paintball & Activity Centre

South Wales Miners' Museum

Llangyfelach Road, Swansea SA5 7PE

Afan Forest Park, Cynonville, Port Talbot SA13 3HG

With 15 acres of purpose built paintball zones, located only 1.5 miles off J46 of the M4, Teamforce is the ideal destination for an action packed adventure. Archery and Air rifle shooting from spring 2012.

Visit our award winning museum located in the Afan Valley, where men once tunnelled for coal. Take a journey back in time and visit our exhibition ‘A day in the life of a miner’.

01792 772311

01639 851833


waterpark | play area | climbing wall | we have it covered.

Spend some quality time with the family! Call 01792 466500 now to find out more!

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Cognation, mtb trails South Wales

Join the revolution We’ve got singletrack, downhill and cross country, great scenery, cafes and accommodation – we’ve got bike shops, trail maps and ‘hwyl’ (fun the Welsh way). You’ve got the chance to be part of it all, so come and join the mountain bike revolution!

So where can I mountain bike? Afan Forest Park, Neath Port Talbot Afan is known worldwide as a premier destination to mountain bike. With a range of trails we offer something for all abilities – and the scenery is outstanding! • Green graded trail and skills area for newcomers and families (opening Spring 2012) • Four red graded cross country trails. Cwmcarn, Caerphilly Cwmcarn is a top destination for more skilled mountain bikers especially those wanting to ride downhill... and go very fast! • Downhill trail • Cross country red graded trail. Coming soon! • Gethin Bike Park, Merthyr Tydfil • New downhill trail, Cwmcarn • New Penhydd trail, Afan Forest Park With world-class trails across South Wales, Forestry Commission Wales is the provider of singletrack mountain biking and proud to be part of Cognation.

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Skidz Karting Ltd

Parc Tawe, Swansea SA1 2AL

Unit 1 Queensway, Fforestfach, Swansea SA5 4DJ

Rhossili National Trust Shop & Visitor Centre Rhossili, Gower SA3 1PR

1940’s Swansea Bay Baldwin's Crescent, Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea SA1 8PT

Swansea's only indoor karting track is now open! Karts for all ages and abilities and a 340m long track to challenge all types of drivers - we know you'll have a great time karting with us!

Perched above the majestic Rhossili Bay and within sight of Worm's Head, the National Trust Shop and Visitor Centre is a must for any visitor to Gower.

Walk through our 1940’s street and experience the sights and sounds of life during WWII. 1940’s clothes to try on. Fun for all ages! Shop & Cafe. Admission charge. Open all year.

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Attractions & Activities


Attractions & Activities

Swansea Museum Victoria Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 1SN

Discover Historic Attractions in South Wales

Breakout Adventure 26 Woodland Avenue, West Cross, Swansea SA3 5LY

Welsh Surfing Federation Surfing School Llangennith, Gower SA3 1HU

Adventures for all abilities. Try sea-kayaking or coasteering. Check out our website for the full range of activities or call us to discuss your needs. 01792 406023

Gower Coast Adventures Gower

We run guided boat trips along the stunning Gower coast, taking in the wealth of marine life and fascinating history. Boat trips depart from Mumbles and Port Eynon. Booking is essential. 01792 653763 44

07866 250 440

01792 386426

Castle Avenue, Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BA

Clyne Farm Riding and Activity Centre Clyne Farm, Westport Ave, Swansea SA3 5AR

West Glamorgan Archives Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3SN

Gower Surfing Development SurfGSD PO Box 83, Swansea SA3 4XX

Your one stop for activities for all ages and abilities - riding, climbing, archery, orienteering, quads, clay pigeon, surfing, Challenge Valley - the muddiest assault course in the world!! 01792 403333

The Heart of Wales Line Swansea - Llandrindod - Shrewsbury

Our line offers the chance to get to the beautiful hills, valleys, small towns and villages of Wales. Trains every day: details visit our website. NEW for 2012 tea room at Llandovery station! 01792 361302

08457 484950

01792 636589

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Attractions & Activities

Oystermouth Castle

Attractions & Activities

Go Ape! Margam

Parc-le-Breos Pony Trekking

Wales National Pool Swansea

Dylan Thomas Centre

Margam Country Park, Port Talbot SA13 2TJ

Parc-le-Breos House, Parkmill, Gower, Swansea SA3 2HA

Sketty Lane, Sketty, Swansea SA2 8QG

Somerset Place, Swansea SA1 1RR

01792 513513

01792 463980

Explore Gower's beautiful scenery on horse back. Relaxed riding suitable for all abilities even first timers! Day rides with lunch stops at picturesque country pubs. Riding breaks available. 01792 371636

Call of the Wild Ltd 83 Church Road, Seven Sisters, Neath SA10 9DT

A tree-top adventure based in the heart of Margam Country Park. Go Ape is an award winning adventure set 40 feet up in the trees! Swing, crawl and climb your way through high wires, tricky crossings and wind-smattering zip wires.

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Award winning adventure activities for all ages and abilities such as canyoning, caving, climbing, gorge walking, canoeing and hill walking. Get up close & personal to the Welsh countryside! 01639 700388

Wales Coast Path



Discover the shape of a nation



Wales’s newest attraction will be open in Spring 2012 NEFYN

Fancy an 870 mile stroll? The Wales Coast Path is your answer, stretching continuously from near Chester in the north to Chepstow in the south.



The Path is for everyone and gives you a chance to explore any part of coastal Wales, to meet the locals and enjoy the fresh air and scenery. Consider this your invitation to step out and enjoy our new national endeavour, even if you don’t walk the whole thing!



Work to create the Wales Coast Path is co-ordinated by the Countryside Council for Wales and delivered on the ground by local authorities. It is funded by the Welsh Government, the European Regional Development Fund FISHGUARD and the coastal local authorities. For further information:





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Attractions & Activities

Swansea Prom

Margam Country Park

Mumbles Road, Swansea

Margam, Port Talbot SA13 2TJ

01792 468321 48

Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall National Trust,

Dryad Bushcraft Gower

Aberdulais, Neath SA10 8EU

Set in 1000 acres of glorious parklands, Margam Country Park offers beauty, history, wildlife and a wide range of facilities to make it one of the best days out in Wales for all the family.

Survival courses, team building and special events. Guided walks and wilderness adventures. Recently featured on 'The One Show' and 'Time Team'.

01639 881635

01792 547213

Gower Heritage Centre

The Lovespoon Gallery

Parkmill, Gower, Swansea SA3 2EH

492 Mumbles Road, Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BX

The Gower Heritage Centre is based around an 800 year old corn and saw mill powered by a working water wheel. Tea rooms, Craft Workshops, Animal Park, Woollen Mill & La Charrette cinema.

Since 1987, the original lovespoon gallery offers hundreds of designs from individual carvers. Our beautiful handcarved Welsh Lovespoons are the perfect souvenir or memento for all special occasions.

01792 371206

01639 636674

01792 360132

Dulais Valley Quads

Gnoll Estate Country Park

Nant y Cafn Farm, Seven Sisters, Neath SA10 9EU

Gnoll Park Visitor Centre, Fairyland, Neath SA11 3BS

Mountain biking & family cycling. Beautiful woodland walks. Seasonal camping, Visitor Centre, gift shop and much more.

Experience quad biking on approximately 175 acres of hills, woodland, streams and plenty of mud. Ideal for hen/stag parties, team building, families and individuals looking for plenty of fun.

10 mins from M4 Junction 43, 200 acres of beautiful country park to explore. Lakeside Visitor Centre with cafe. Varied events, adventure playground, mini golf course, fishing and much more.

01639 850564

01639 701768

01639 635808

Dylan Thomas Birthplace Tours

Dynamic Rock Adventures Ltd

5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands, Swansea SA2 0RA

16-18 Hebron Road, Clydach, Swansea SA6 5EJ

Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre, Cynonville, Port Talbot SA13 3HG

City and County of Swansea Parks Swansea

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where to stay where to stay what to see and do what to see and do places to visit places to visit Come and enjoy Dylan's world with a tour of this living house where he was born, wrote and lived for over half his life. For a special treat stay overnight or indulge in an Edwardian dinner. 01792 472555

A dedicated indoor climbing and outdoor activity provider. Dynamic Rock provides a high quality indoor rock climbing venue for all ages and abilities and adventurous outdoor activities. 01792 468321

in in Swansea Swansea Bay, Bay, Mumbles and Mumbles and Gower Gower

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Attractions & Activities

Afan Forest Park

More Holiday Areas Swansea Bay is one of 13 holiday areas within Wales.



3 4

Each area has its own distinct character. 1 The Isle of Anglesey 2 Llandudno, Colwyn Bay Rhyl and Prestatyn




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3 The North Wales Borderlands

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4 Snowdonia Mountains and Coast/Eryri Mynyddoedd a Môr

7 Pembrokeshire – Britain’s Only Coastal National Park

5 Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons

8 Carmarthenshire - Carmarthen Bay

12 The Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside

6 Ceredigion - Cardigan Bay & the Cambrian Mountains

10 The Valleys – Heart and Soul of Wales

13 The Wye Valley and Vale of Usk

11 Cardiff, capital of Wales

SBHG 1211

For FREE copies of any THREE Holiday Area brochures please tick the appropriate boxes and send to: Visit Wales, Dept L12, PO Box 1, Cardiff CF24 2XN

Name (please print):

The Isle of Anglesey Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Rhyl & Prestatyn

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The North Wales Borderlands Snowdonia Mountains & Coast/Eryri Mynyddoedd a Môr Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons Ceredigion – Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains Pembrokeshire Carmarthenshire – the Garden of Wales The Valleys – Heart and Soul of Wales Cardiff The Glamorgan Heritage Coast & Countryside

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Wye Valley & Vale of Usk

Image Credits and Copyrights The following images are used with the kind permission of: Visit Wales © Crown Copyright: Front Cover Three Cliffs Bay, p01 Afan Forest Park, p05 Rhossili Bay, p15 LC Leisure Complex, National Waterfront Museum, Neath Abbey

Published by the City and County of Swansea © Copyright 2012 Standard disclaimers apply and are available from the Tourist Information Centre on ( 01792 468321

Welsh Government © Crown Copyright: p10 Swansea Bay 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Mrs A Haden: p13 Dylan Thomas plaque South Wales Evening Post: p13 Richard Burton at the Aqueduct in Pontrhydyfen CADW © Crown Copyright: p17 Oxwich Castle

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Swansea Bay Holiday Guide 2012  
Swansea Bay Holiday Guide 2012  

Our annually-published, official guide on Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower includes graded holiday accommodation, visitor attractions and acti...