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“What a disappointment”
Review of 1940s Swansea Bay

1940s Swansea Bay
Ranked #31 of 120 things to do in Swansea
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Open daily 1030am last admission 2.30pm. The new access road 'Amazon Way'has been completed, now work will begin on new houses behind our site. A big thank you to all our visitors for your patience with the dust and debris this brings. 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 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 have school groups visiting most weekdays during term times so may have to close on occasional weekends or even a weekday for essential works. Onsite parking. Admission charge applies. JUNE 2017 the manager is on Op Tempora so there may be last minute unexpected closures. Please phone before travelling to check to avoid disapointment.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“What a disappointment”
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 hand drier was not working. The state of the toilet pan was as if it had not been cleaned since the 1940's - well in keeping with the rest of museum.

Having said all that I do think they have the exhibits but are not showing them to their best.

Visited April 2014
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John T, Owner at 1940s Swansea Bay, responded to this review, May 1, 2014
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 on we do rely on people like your self to point out inadequacies at the time, especially during peak visiting times such as Easter when you visited. Sadly you chose not to do so and it was only on the next inspection that our staff were able to refill the paper towel dispenser and clean the toilet bowls. The hand drier is in full working order! It is of a modern type in use in many similar establishments. It is serviced regularly and I have checked it and found it to be working! It's disappointing that you chose not to politely bring these points to the duty manager so that they could be put right immediately before the next customer had to use the toilet but chose instead to broadcast them publicly at a later time. Our family run museum is not a modern high tech one of aluminium and glass but is very much a hands-on display of the period. I can only apologise if it failed to meet your expectations
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English first
Milford Haven, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“FRIDAY 25 APRIL PEMBROKESHIRE CIRCLE VISIT”
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 somewhere that you can touch things. It really is as near as you can get to experiencing wartime Swansea as you could get. It's well worth a visit and has something to interest people of all ages.

We thoroughly recommend a visit.

Visited April 2014
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Newport, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“No tec,keeps the kids intrested.”
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 done.

Visited April 2014
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Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Little piece of Swansea history :-)”
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. We all enjoyed the dressing up room! There was a lovely gentleman there with some great historical stories, in fact everyone there was very knowledgable about the era. It's only a small place but they've crammed lots in and we easily spent over an hour there. We'll be going again :-)

Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Tracy R
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Bristol
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101 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Created out of love and enthusiasm”
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 and a baby's gas mask. There is a myriad of rooms devoted to a variety of topics - a living room, shops, pub, aircraft control and much more. There is a video room showing various documentaries about the 1940s.
There is an air of Heath Robinson about the place - but the enthusiasm and care of the owners shines through. It is also an organic museum - it is developing all of the time.
This venture deserves support and I can heartily recommend a visit and wish them well in the future.

Visited October 2013
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John T, Owner at 1940s Swansea Bay, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
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..
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