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Day Trips from Swansea

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Day Trips from Swansea

What are some good day trips from Swansea? We will be staying in the marina area which I believe is fairly close to the bus station, maybe a bit farther to the train.

We plan to take the bus from Heathrow as it seems logistically easier although not shorter than the other options I have seen. Does anyone have a better plan?

Any ideas?

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1. Re: Day Trips from Swansea

you could take the ferry to Cork for a day, don't laugh, last time I was on there, there was a couple doing just that!!

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2. Re: Day Trips from Swansea

Day trips from Swansea will be easier if you hire a car, but the following spring to mind:

Gower Peninsula;

Laugharne (if you are a Dylan Thomas fan)

Carreg Cennen castle

the Brecon Beacons

the National Botanic Gardens;

Cardiff (assuming you have not done it already, including the castle, Castell Coch, the bay area and St.Fagans museum)

the Mumbles and Langland Bay are an easy trip within the immediate Swansea area.

The obvious alternative for getting to Swansea would be to take the Tube or Heathrow Express train to London Paddington and then to get the Swansea train from there. I suspect that would be quicker, but may not be cheaper.

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There are bus services from the Swansea Quadrant Bus Station area (Currently undergoing refurbishment) to all parts of Gower.

You can get the Gower Explorer bus, which runs roughly every hour to Rhossili and Port Eynon, and then every two hours to Oxwich and Horton in South Gower. All 4 locations have fantastic beaches, and great coastal walks.

If you're staying in the Marina, you've got some great pubs & restaurants on your doorstep. And you've also got the National Waterfront Museum, only a few minutes stroll.

If you fancy going a bit further, you can go up to Ystradfellte (nr Glynneath) for the day, and complete the waterfall walk. It's a couple of hours to walk it, but the final fall is the Sgwd yr Eira (Fall of Snow), the only fall on this route which you can walk behind. There are buses which run to Glynneath, but I'm not sure whether they adventure any further than that.

You could also go to Tenby for the day. A lovely sea side town, around an hour away by train.

Have a look here for a few more ideas:

visitswanseabay.com/index.cfm?articleid=30914

As for transport to Swansea, you can get a train from Heathrow to Swansea, and I think it's just the one stop, and then a taxi from the Train Station to the Marina - should only cost around £4 to £5.

Enjoy your stay in Swansea!

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4. Re: Day Trips from Swansea

please note that swansea bus coach station is presently closed as a new one is being built so buses stop at various stops around town.

swansea tourist imformation centres are next to swansea bus station (just around corner from wilkinsons)and in a church in the mumbles opposite boots the chemist.

gower explorer are green buses that operate from swansea out around gower.

twenty suggestions of places to visit :-

-swansea centre (indoor market, glynn vivian art gallery, aspers casino)

-swansea marina ( national waterfront museum, swansea museum, dylan thomas centre, LC)

-chocolate factory(fforestfach),tomos watkin brewery(llansamlet)

-singleton park (gardens, egypt centre(in university)

-blackpill/clyne gardens

-mumbles (shops, ice parlours, pier, lighthouse, oystermouth castle)

-around mumbles headland ( bracelet bay(overlooks lighthouse), limeslade, rotherslade/langland bay/caswell bay, bishopston valley/pwll du bay(recommended glorious)

-pennard cliffs(bus no.14/114)/three cliffs bay/three cliffs valley, pennard castle/parkmill/gower heritage centre

-oxwich bay/port eynon bay

-rhossilli bay/worms head(recommended)/llangennith

-cefn bryn(highest point on gower)/ arthurs stone near reynoldston

-heart of wales train from swansea to llandeilo/llandovery (http://www.heart-of-wales.co.uk/) to see some lovely countryside

-aberglasney gardens near llandeilo/national botantical gardens of wales near llantharne

-national showcaves dan-yr-gof near abercrave swansea valley

-aberdulais waterfalls neath valley

-gower boat trip (http://www.gowercoastadventures.co.uk/)

-margam park near port talbot

-national wetlands centre near llanelli (flamingos)

-carmarthen by train(lots of shops/market)

-tenby by train(visit caldey island monastery)

-cardiff by bus/train (shops/castle/cardiff bay)

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5. Re: Day Trips from Swansea

From Swansea you can go anywhere basically. The train can take you to Pembroke, via Saundersfoot and Tenby or Milford Haven via Haverfordwest, which has a bus link to St Davids, Fishguard and Cardigan. beautifull coastline and beeches, castles and seaside towns. Take the heart of Wales line to Shrewsbury, very scenic.. The choice is endless, all depends on your preferences. If you are not sure of an area check google map and street view.

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6. Re: Day Trips from Swansea

I would recommend a day out by bus in Gower. The buses are great, the drivers seem to know a lot of the local passengers by name, and the way they get the buses down some narrow country lanes is amazing! I know people who have taken the bus to Rhossili and walked around the coast to Port Eynon (or vice versa) and had a wonderful few hours. There are some lovely cafes, country pubs and hotels where you cna get locally sourced food, too.

If you have a few days to spare then you cna venture further afield as well. You might want to consider the train to Kidwelly Castle, where many film and TV shows have been filmed. Or Cardiff, the capital of Wales, where there's an awful lot to see and do, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Bay, St Fagans Museum, the Millennium Stadium being just a few ideas.

Don;t ignore Swansea though! Near to the marina you will find teh Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Museum, Leisure Centre (the LC2), National Waterfront Museum, Dylan Thomas Theatre, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Mission Art Gallery, SA1 Waterfront, The Georgian Quarter, The Patti Pavilion and the Brnagwyn Hall. A guided walk will show you most of the main places of interest in a couple of hours, and they start from the marina in July. See www.swanseaguidedwalks.co.uk for further information.

The Gower buses leave from Craddock Street at the moment, and timetables can be found online at /www.baytrans.org.uk/resources/SwG.pdf. The network seems a bit complicated at first, but it works really well!

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