5 free things to do in… Swansea

Date Posted: 12/07/2014

Pictured: Rhossili Bay.

‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ famously wrote Dylan Thomas. Discover more about Wales’ celebrated writer and some of Swansea’s other free attractions on a budget-friendly trip to the city and its surrounding sandy bay.

1. Visit Britain’s best beach

Your group can take a trip to Rhossili Bay which has been voted ‘Britain’s Best Beach’ for the second year running by TripAdvisor.

You will find three miles of fine golden sand and stunning coastline encompassing one of Gower’s most famous landmarks, Worms Head. Water sports are popular too, in particular surfing which benefits from the Atlantic swell.

Rhossili Bay is part of the Gower Coast Path where the views of the beach, Worm’s Head and the cliffs can be best enjoyed.

2. Admire Swansea’s greenery

The city meets country with a choice of 52 green spaces and award-winning parks to visit including Victoria Park, Cwmdonkin Park and Brynmill Park.

For an array of colourful flora, you can head to the Clyne or Singleton Park Botanical Gardens, where you’ll find a selection of rare plants and national favourites. Dating back to the mid-19th century, both parks also contain a wealth of history.

3. Explore the city’s museums

History and heritage are both on offer in Wales’ oldest and newest museums. Amongst Swansea Museum’s huge collection you can discover Egyptian artefacts including Hor the Egyptian Mummy; some of the world’s earliest photographs; wartime Swansea, as well as local archaeological finds from around south Wales.

Next door at the National Waterfront Museum, housed in a listed waterfront warehouse, you can find out the story of Welsh industry via its range of interactive displays.

4. Celebrate Dylan Thomas’ centenary

Join in the celebrations for the Welsh literary legend’s centenary year. To mark the 100th anniversary of Dylan’s birth, throughout the rest of 2014 there’ll be events, exhibitions, theatre, opera and guided tours celebrating his life and work.

Pictured: A notebook that belonged to Dylan Thomas.

The Dylan Thomas Centre has a permanent exhibition, Dylan Thomas: Man and Myth. The centre is home to the Ty Llen literature programme which puts on many literary events throughout the year, including the annual Dylan Thomas Festival during October and November.

In addition you can enjoy a guided tour of Dylan’s birthplace or discover the park where he spent his childhood days.

5. Browse the largest indoor market in Wales

At the heart of the city centre, Swansea Market is open daily with over 100 stalls offering everything from fresh local produce and traditional Welsh gifts to jewellery and rugs.

Groups can sample some local delicacies such as Swansea’s famous cockles, laverbread and fine Welsh cheeses. A bag of hot Welsh cakes, served fresh from the griddle may also tempt you.

For further group travel information visit www.visitswanseabay.com.

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