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1940s Swansea Bay

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Address: Baldwin's Crescent | Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea SA1 8PT, Wales
Phone Number: +44 1792 458864
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Description: The new access road as part of the Coed D'Arcy urban village has been...
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 in Autumn 2013 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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A morning out

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Swansea, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 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 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Swansea, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We came here for an educational visit as I home schooled my daughter and we arrived with a group of parents and children and were made to feel welcome straight away. The place is quite fascinating I found and I particularly love the 'pub' area and the 'shops' which are of course not 'real' but as props in the 1940s... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

On arrival I expected a very small museum but was pleasantly surprised by the number of exhibits and amount of space. I would be dishonest not to state that some exhibits needed a little TLC but I appreciate how hard that is with few staff and volunteers and a very limited budget. What swung it for me was the very... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We visited the museum in the Easter holidays 2014. Our first dissapointment came when we walked through the entrance to be faced by a run down conservatory a collection of chairs and a small fridge with cold drinks in which must have constituted the 'cafe' ! Wth a collection of merchandise to purchase ie books etc some of which had... More 

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

Thank you for the review of your visit which took place several months ago. Easter this year was quite a busy time for us with day visitors and some pensioner groups. I’m sorry you were disappointed with some aspects of your visit but that overall you thought the displays to be excellent. More 

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
173 reviews 173 reviews
90 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This museum has a great collection of items which can interest all ages. You can touch exhibits and even try on gas masks. I liked the local connection but relevant wherever you , or your Grandparents, spent the war . They have added exhibits from the first world war as well, presumably because of the centenary. There were a number... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your visit, all feedback is important to us. I particularly take note about your comments on the seating area for refreshments. It can look a bit crowded at times but we do have seating for over 20. During the Whitsun half term week we had one occasion where a film crew... More 

Caerphilly, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

After visiting what has been called a museum today I found the place really disappointing. The building itself was in a poor condition and most definitely in need of a thoroughly good clean. The state of the ladies toilet was the most disgusting I have seen in a long time. There were no paper hand towels and the very old... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to leave a report but I must disagree with the overall content. We take hygiene and cleanliness very seriously and our toilets are inspected 3 times a day. Unfortunately some members of the public do leave them in a very poor state and in between inspections along with most shops, cafes, museums and so... More 

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