Endless beaches, activity rich countryside with many tourist attractions, cultural sights & venues located in & around the thriving City of Swansea.
During your visit to Swansea Bay, you can enjoy numerous activities and attractions...
The Gower Peninsula is both beautiful and unspoilt, with many historic features including castles, medieval churches, iron-age fortifications, and prehistoric standing stones. Chosen for its classic coastline and outstanding natural environment, it is no wonder that Gower was designated the first Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1956.
Carmarthenshire is often known as the ‘Garden of Wales’, due to its rolling beautiful countryside and associated flora and fauna. From the verdant pastures of the Vale of Twyi to the mountains of ‘Wild Wales’ Carmarthenshire is green to its roots.
The countryside from Afan Valley to the Vale of Neath is renowned for its beauty and tranquillity. Such richness and diversity of waterfalls within a relatively small area has led to the region being known as 'Waterfall Country'. As well as the natural beauty of dramatic waterfalls, it boasts spectacular country and forest parks, meandering rivers and peaceful canals, a haven for walkers and bikers alike.
The birthplace of Dylan Thomas, Swansea Bay is rightly proud of its deep-rooted cultural values. Across the region concerts, festivals, recitals, museums, galleries and innumerable performance venues bring literature, music, art, history and language to Swansea Bay all year round.
Swansea is the regional capital and shopping centre for south west Wales with both city centre shopping and 'out of town' retail parks.
Carmarthen, the oldest town in Wales, has numerous small shops trading alongside many of the UK’s High Street names.
Neath town centre's famous market has stalls selling a variety of goods, where you can sample local home-made fare.
Swansea Bay is a region rich in farming and fishing with many regional delicacies and award winning local produce and drinks, find out more about Food & Drink. Whether it’s pub grub or exclusive menus, ale or fine wine to live music. Find out more about evenings out in Swansea
Choices range from windsurfing, flying, mountain biking, kite-surfing, horse-riding, hiking, sailing, golf, cycling, surfing, rollerblading, tennis, caving, jet-skiing, bowls, diving, swimming, rock-climbing, coasteering, dry slope skiing, fishing... find out More!
Music festivals, televised international sporting events, children’s activities, food festivals and carnivals… attracting thousands of visitors every year! Take a look at our ‘Events’ pages for further information.
Looking for somewhere to stay? From charming country cottages, to national chain and boutique hotels, superb bed and breakfast accommodation to award winning campsites, staying on the coast, in the heart of the countryside or in the buzz of the city, whatever your preference or budget, you’ll find something here to meet your needs.
Did you know?
- Three Cliffs Bay was voted 'Britain's Best Beach' by BBC's Holiday Hit Squad.
- Rhossili Bay was hailed as one of the top 25 beaches in the world by The Sunday Times and as the British supermodel of beaches by The Independent. Country Life Magazine's readers voted it the most romantic place to watch the sun go down.
- Five Swansea Bay beaches have been awarded Blue Flags for 2012: Langland Bay, Caswell Bay, Port Eynon, Bracelet Bay, and Cefn Sidan.
- Swansea Marina holds both Blue Flag and Golden Anchor Awards.
- Seven Swansea Bay parks & gardens hold the coveted Green Flag award for 2011.
- The Gower coast was voted the second most popular stretch of coastline in Wales, England and Northern Ireland in the National Trust's 'Vote for the Coast' competition.