The Guildhall

The Guildhall, Swansea: Hours, Address, The Guildhall Reviews: 4.5/5

The Guildhall
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Opend on 23 October 1934, Swansea's Guildhall has played a central role in the civic life of the city for many years. The building has proved to be functional as well as being architecturally splendid. Its innovative design and features were widely copied in other municipal buildings during the two decades following its completion. As the civic centre, it has functioned as the focal point of local government and justice, it is the fount of civic ceremony, and is one of the principal centres of social and cultural life in Swansea. The Guildhall has undergone several alterations and extensions, but it has retained its original character as an example of 'a classical approach to modernism'. It is now regarded as an historic building in its own right, and one of which the people of Swansea are justifiably proud.
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Al-Barwan
38 contributions
Very Nice old design building
Sep 2019 • Business
Excellent design .Well maintained .A visit is must while i n swansea.Centrally located .Very good for parties or special function
Written September 13, 2019
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Christopher E
1,459 contributions
Christmas Party!
Dec 2017 • Friends
Visited for a works Christmas party! Everybody seemed to have a lovely time so maybe my review is a little unfair. However I found the food to be disappointing, drinks to be over priced and the entertainment a little bit unsophisticated for my taste.
Written March 6, 2018
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hem_lewis
1 contribution
My wedding at the Guildhall, Swansea
Sep 2017 • Friends
What a wonderful day! From start to finish everything was perfect: the venue looked incredible and the staff couldn't do enough for my husband and myself, or for our guests. I originally chose the venue for our wedding because of its beautiful architecture and it did not disappoint. The photos we had taken inside and outside the venue look incredible. The food was absolutely stunning - everyone commented on how delicious it was. I really couldn't find fault with anything, and I am so pleased that we decided to have our wedding at the Guildhall. I would recommend it to anyone. Thank you so much to all of the staff, both in the build up to the wedding and on the day itself, in particular Tanisha at JR Events and Tracy at the Brangwyn Hall for all of their advice and assistance. It really was a perfect day.
Written September 25, 2017
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jarnefelt
brussels53 contributions
Brangwyn bis
Jul 2016 • Solo
July 3 was not my lucky day. The 8.55 bus from Cardiff to Swansea didn't arrive. I hurried for the 9.04 train. From Swansea train station I followed signposts to the Tourist Information Centre, only to discover at the bus station - where there were no timetables for the bus to Aberystwyth the next day, "because it is another company" - that it was closed down forever, "because everything is online now". The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, after a long search, proved closed until September. All the time it kept raining and the city looked depressing. So off to the Guildhall, to see the Brangwyn paintings in the concert hall named after him. I grew up in Bruges, where Frank Brangwyn was born and has his museum. Brangwyn Hall was closed too, due to "an event", and I was invited to come back the following day, postponing my departure to Abeystwyth. (This proved not necessary, since there are only two buses a day, at 3.30 and 5.30 PM; by train via Shrewsbury in England it would have cost 60 £).
Arriving at the Guildhall next morning, it appeared my story was known and I was amazed to be expected. Yesterday's event had been a visit of Prince Charles. Manchester-born John, with his stagiaire Matthew from Bordeaux, gave me a very enjoyable VIP-tour of the Guildhall, ending with dramatic flair at the Brangwyn Hall, where we discussed the paintings and he gave an audio demonstration. Then he offered me a cup of tea, and even phoned to my next destination, the (excellent) Dylan Thomas Centre, to give me a warm welcome there. Which they did.
Thank you, John, you really made my day, the weather also helping a bit. Swansea looked very different, with views of the bay from the very steep terraces and beautiful Cwmdonkin Park, and I left with regret.
Written July 18, 2016
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jackie j
Swansea, UK144 contributions
informative place to go
Nov 2015
Great place to go the library is there play area games books computer use available the is also a cafe the
Written November 11, 2015
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RobertWT
Ashbourne102 contributions
Civil Architecture at it's best
Sep 2015 • Couples
The Guildhall is visible from most parts of Swansea. Completed in 1935, the large hall - Brangwyn Hall was raised by 6 feet to accommodate the Brangwyn Panels.
Sadly, a trip up the tower is not on offer. (I went up it once in the late 1960's when I was showing a French student around the town.)
Written September 30, 2015
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Kerry D
Port Talbot, UK148 contributions
Brangwen hall worth a look
May 2015 • Couples
What can you say the Guild hall is used as a council building so not the most visited site of interest in wales. It as however the Brangwen hall with fantastic murals on the walls. so if murals are your thing worth a look.
Written September 2, 2015
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Horst T
Swansea, UK54 contributions
just renovated building
Apr 2015 • Friends
The Brangwyn Hall with its Empire paintings is a must. Admission is free and it is open most days - unless there is a function. The more often you go there the more details you will see.
Another interesting feature is Swansea's connection to the Vikings - have a look at the handrail at the main staircase (longboat), and in the clock tower you yill also find Viking boats
Written April 29, 2015
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rebecca l
ammanford32 contributions
guild hall swansea
Apr 2015 • Solo
i went for business not pleasure to this stunning piece of architecture. Look at the ceilings as you wander through, superb. Shame the parking is so limited.
Written April 16, 2015
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J M N
Swansea, UK278 contributions
Refurbished
Mar 2015 • Friends
Visit the Guildhall to see the refurbishment and to look at the unique Brangwyn Panels. They were originally painted for the House of Lords, but were considered too racy. As the concert hall was being built at the time they were rejexted, the dimensions of the hall were changed so that they would fit. The hall was then named the Brangwyn Hall. They are officially known as the Empire Panels. If you visit you will find out why!
Written March 26, 2015
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The Guildhall is open:
  • Mon - Fri 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM