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1940s Swansea Bay

Baldwin's Crescent | Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea SA1 8PT, Wales
01792 458864
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Ranked #30 of 69 attractions in Swansea
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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161 reviews 161 reviews
86 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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

Milford Haven, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Firstly, we were far later arriving than we had arranged. However, we were warmly welcomed by two ARP wardens. One of our group was not feeling too well and decided to stay on the mini-bus. He soon had a refreshing mug of tea in his hand. This is not a museum where everything is in a glass case, this is... More

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Newport, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Brill place,kids can dress up,touch things ,they were all intrested.I enjoyed looking around it was very good.Mum in law liked it as there were so many things she can remember form her childhood(from her grans ha ha). Its agood bit of history with all the high tec and owner was very nice and you could tell he enjoyed his job.Well... More

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Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

My daughter went here on a school trip and nagged us silly to take her again, so we finally gave in! Wish we hadn't waited so long! It was a lovely place to visit. Only took me 5 mins online searching to find a BOGOF voucher for entry too! The exhibits are all authentic, interesting and some are also fun.... More

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Bristol
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Museums are becoming slicker with multimedia displays these days. This one is based in an old office block on an industrial estate. Slick it is not but it is crammed full of memories and artifacts and you are encouraged to go around and touch a lot of the exhibits. Entry is through an old Anderson shelter complete with a cot... More

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

I do hope that you will be able to call again in the future when our new exhibits are open. Thank you so much for your comments, they are greatly appreciated.. More

South Wales
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38 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Now having read the various reviews on here and with the majority of them being favourable as a family + 1 we decided to have a little trip down to Swansea from the Valleys to take in 1940's Swansea Bay. As my twin daughters and their best mate was doing the 2nd world war as a theme at school I... More

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

Wow, thanks for your indepth review. My brother and I really appreciate the honesty and openness of your comments and it will help us move forward to a new season. More

Wales
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12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Excellent staff and exhibits. Interesting presentations. Exhibits etc could be better displayed. As a teacher I was itching to get to work on it to make the most of an exciting concept.

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

Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. We are always looking at ways to make the displays more engaging for visitors of all ages so if you have any feedback, in particular on the National Curriculum then please do drop us a line. Many thanks.. More

London
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

Wow - what a treasure. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. There is plenty to see and we particularly enjoyed the rooms all laid out as typical 1940s examples. It was amazing how close you could get to the artefacts. The information signs are informative and you really get an amazing flavour of life in the 1940s. The WW1 trench exhibition... More

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We visited here, yes it was ok but I think so of the reviews led me to believe it was a lot bigger than it was. I can imagine the children enjoying it, but cannot see how you could spend more than an hour. So I don't think it was good value for money, also we had a voucher so... More

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

Like many places we offer specific discount vouchers as part of our marketing (which we pay for) . These clearly state 'ONE VOUCHER PER VISIT'. It not in the spirit of the scheme to allow two vouchers towards one payment, but after your continued loud insistance we did allow this on this one-off occasion. This family-run museum's only funding is... More

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