Things To Do and See in Swansea
Are you coming to Swansea for University? Are you interested in discovering what Swansea has to offer? This blog details the five best attractions in Swansea accessible to students by walking or using public transport.
The Gower Peninsula
The Gower Peninsula is a must-visit when living in Swansea. It is Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it is not hard to see why. The stunning area has gorgeous sandy beaches and dramatic coastlines, historic churches, ruined castles, woodlands, rivers, marshes, and so much wildlife! It is an ideal location to practise your photography skills, enjoy serene walks and partake in adventurous activities like coasteering or surfing. Download the app ‘This is Gower’ to obtain detailed walking routes and information on over 80 popular locations in The Gower.
The Gower Explorer bus is the cheapest means to reach the Gower peninsula. There are two principal routes, from Swansea to Rhossili (south) and Swansea to Llanrhidian (north). These routes have hourly weekday services and Sunday services from 21 April to 8 September. There are less frequent routes connecting to smaller bays and villages, so check the bus timetable for a full schedule.
You will find Swansea Bay beach within walking distance: a five-mile crescent of golden sand, stretching from the marina to The Mumbles. Swansea Bay does not have the same picturesque surroundings you find at beaches in The Gower, but it is still an ideal location to sunbathe, build a fire and relax with friends. Swansea Bay is also a Water Sports Centre of Excellence so don’t forget to bring your swimsuit! This summer, Swansea provides the Cymru Coaster Service to Mumbles, which runs hourly during daytime seven days a week, taking customers from Swansea Bus Station to Bracelet Bay via the marina. This an open-top hop-on, hop-off bus service running along Swansea Bay. Along the route is Swansea’s fabulous Footgolf course, the first footgolf-only course in Wales! Play the new sport that combines the best of football and golf for people of all ages and skill levels.
Swansea Bike Path
Running alongside Swansea Bay beach is the Swansea bike path. The 5.8-mile route has lovely views of the ocean to the left and grassy banks to the right. It takes approximately half an hour to cycle from Swansea Marina to The Mumbles, or two hours to walk. If you do not own a bike, you can rent a Santander Cycle! The pay-as-you-ride tariff costs £1 per half hour, or if you can purchase a membership to obtain a reduced tariff.
Swansea Indoor Market
Swansea market achieved the title of ‘Britain’s Best Large Indoor Market’ in The Great British Market Awards 2020, and it is not hard to see why! Not only is it the largest indoor market in Wales, but it is one of Swansea’s most fantastic attractions. You can find everything there from local produce and outstanding food to bespoke goods and high-quality services.
If you are a lover of nature, Singleton Park is the place for you. It is the largest urban park in Swansea and the perfect place for an idyllic picnic or walk. Nestled in the north end of the park are the free-to-enter Botanical Gardens: home to thousands of colourful, vibrant flowers and an array of plant species. You can also visit the boating lake and hop on a pedalo or enjoy a friendly tournament on the 18-hole crazy golf course. Furthermore, Singleton Park hosts festivals throughout the year, from live music to food, so check out ‘What’s On in Swansea’ for event information.
Student residents of Omnia Space accommodation in Swansea can access all of the above attractions with ease. The Oldway Centre is in the heart of the City Centre, near the bus station and walking distance from Swansea Bay, Swansea bike path, Swansea Indoor Market and Singleton Park.