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Address: Baldwin's Crescent | Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea SA1 8PT, Wales
Phone Number: +44 1792 458864
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Description: **Sorry are opening hours for JULY 2015 are from 11am with last admission...
**Sorry are opening hours for JULY 2015 are from 11am with last admission 2pm this is due to circumstances beyond our control** The new access road as part of the Coed D'Arcy urban village has been completed. A big thank you to all our visitors for their patience in putting up with the building works, dust and disruption. Work will soon start on our new visitor centre, shop and reception but we will be open for business as normal every day. Please check our website or answer machine before travelling just in case we very rarely have to close early. Visitors are encouraged to pick up and handle items and take photographs. The museum is constantly evolving and in response to visitor demand we built a small walk through indoor trench and dugout to commemorate the sacrifices of the Great War 1914-18. The main indoor street scene continues to display life during the Second World War, as you walk past an RAF Operations Room, through an air raid Shelter and into our 1940s street. Play the piano in the Three Lamps Pub then have a Camp coffee or Spam sandwich in our gift shop, where we sell replica Ration books, identity cards and wartime recipe books. Just 2 minutes from Jnc 42 of the M4 we are open all year but please note that on some Winter weekends we may close to work on new displays and exhibitions as we have school groups visiting every weekday. Disabled facilities. Onsite parking. Admission charge applies.
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Take a step back into wartime Britain,and taste the food too.

A very interesting time visiting this place,really authentic feel to the whole visit,the kids were delighted,they are allowed to try on uniforms,caps.helmets,and clothes from the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Gordon J
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Neath Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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Neath Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

A very interesting time visiting this place,really authentic feel to the whole visit,the kids were delighted,they are allowed to try on uniforms,caps.helmets,and clothes from the 40s,as well as being given a quiz to complete as they walked around various exhibits,from air raid shelters to pubs,from tins of spam to gas masks,there were even Dads Army enactors there on the day... More 

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Bedfordshire
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I don't know how they can charge nearly £6 each plus kids. Very few relics, dusty, black mould on pictures - looks like it was put together thirty years ago and has not been touched since. In and out in fifteen minutes and wished we'd never bothered.

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John T, Owner at 1940s Swansea Bay, responded to this review

After a very busy winter season with a school visiting us almost every day, we finished Spring Bank Holiday with three days of living history displays. Many visitors had a chance between 22-25th May to fire a black powder musket and look at an authentic camp site as it would have been in the 1860s when many people from Wales... More 

Neath, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

It is some time since our visit but we found it very interesting and it is a place that children would enjoy. There are refreshments available.

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Llanharan, Wales
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77 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Tucked away north of one of the main arteries into Swansea in an old industrial area, it is hardly of salubrious appearance but worth a visit for those of us born near to that time and younger ones for whom it is real history. It ties in Swansea's grim experiences with the general war time scenarios and has a colourful... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I last went here 16 years ago, from memory and numerous visits from periodically living in the area its a good museum with lots of history on Swansea. A few tourist shops a cafes nearby. Something i's suggest for a tourist, or a student living within reach of the university. There was an excellent view of the bay before the... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My cousin's son had to complete a project on the blitz in Swansea for his homework over Christmas. What better place to visit than the 1940s museum. Because it was early December and quite early in the morning there was no-one else there so we had the place to ourselves. But there was no sign of the café being open!

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Visited with my father and sister and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Dad reminisced and we recognised items we remembered from childhood visits to elderly relatives. I think the museum will benefit from the new entrance and café that is planned, and maybe they could also make more use of the exhibits / space outside. We wandered around at our... More 

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Clyffe Pypard, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This museum could be so much better than it is. On arrival the reception area was very poor with cheap tables and chairs and the whole area was not at all welcoming. The girl on the reception was extremely welcoming though and gave us hope! However, the first area on the inside was extremely amateurish with spelling mistakes in many... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Not in the best location just outside Swansea but well worth the visit, basically it's a series of rooms with different themes relating to WW1 with a heavy influence of Swansea during the war, themes range from sitting rooms, pubs, air raid shelters and many more. There is also a visual of the war years and plenty of opportunities to... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Small but we'll formed. Dedicated staff, personal welcome and very nostalgic. We passed a very entertaining wet afternoon there.

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Address: Baldwin's Crescent | Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea SA1 8PT, Wales
Phone Number: +44 1792 458864
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  South Wales  >  Swansea County  >  Swansea

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