Swansea Castle, Wales

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Swansea’s link to literature is through Dylan Thomas who was born in a red-bricked two-story house in Cwmdonkin Drive. HIs life’s works are on display at the Dylan Thomas Centre in the marina next to the National Waterfront Museum. Close by are places – and pubs, in keeping with his image as the ‘drunken, doomed poet’ – where he frequented. These include the Dylan Thomas Theatre, the Cwmdonkin Park, the Boathouse, and his writing shed, some of which had been inspiration to his ghost stories.

Ocean view hotel accommodation in Swansea Wales and its five-mile bay facing Bristol Channel remain Swansea’s major tourist draw (and Thomas’ favorite haunt). The bay’s protected harbor is best for swimming, sailing and water skiing, while nearby Llangennith’s consistent breaks are ideal for beginner surfing. For the sedentary beach goer, Llangennith has soft sands and excellent beach facilities. This small village far west from Swansea city center has a few beachside apartments catering to long-term stays.

Where to Stay in Swansea

Wales’ once thriving ‘Copperopolis’ is now the principality’s second largest city after Cardiff. As the smelting demands of Industrial Revolution came and went in nearby Cornwall and Devon, so did Swansea’s fortune, which largely depended on its ports, rose and declined. The city’s architecture also did not survive the air raids of WWII such that most of the buildings today are post-war, although there are ruins of castles and churches few and far between.

Despite the destruction, Swansea’s city centre has recovered and today hosts a varied selection of entertainment venues, shopping options and centrally located hotels in Swansea Wales. The city center is also seeing regeneration in terms of more accommodation and facilities as it anticipates more domestic tourists, either coming in for the beach or attending a literary fest.

Beautiful beaches and castle trail at the Grower Peninsula

Farther afield, connected to Swansea’s Maritime Quarter by dedicated cycle routes, lies Britain’s most beautiful beaches. A short drive or bicycle ride from a seafront bed and breakfast in Swansea Wales is the Grower Peninsula whose coasts have been named as the first of the United Kingdom’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Several beaches in the area have been awarded Blue Flag status and Green Coast awards for safety, cleanliness and ‘natural, unspoiled environment.’ Two of the most famous, frequently cited and aesthetically pleasing are Rhossili and Oxwich Bays.

If Swansea’s Viking and Norman pasts were obliterated by Luftwaffe, Grower’s has been well-preserved. Objects unearthed from the area range in age from Upper Paleolithic to Iron Age, with excavated human remains and personal effects dated to as early as 33,000 years ago. These artifacts are on display at the Swansea Museum. On display, right at the peninsula, are six castles and their remains that trace the area’s written history back to the time of the Norman conquest.