The second largest city in
Wales, the former shipbuilding hub of Swansea
has become a general shopping area for a large
part of south west Wales and lies at the mouth
of the Tawe on majestic Swansea Bay.
When the Industrial Revolution arrived it turned this old market town into a hugely important port that, at one time, was the busiest in the world.
The city’s Maritime Quarter is now a tourist
hot-spot and contains Wales' National
Literature Centre, an observatory, art
galleries, a working woolen mill and the
Swansea Maritime and Industrial Museum.
Many important archaeological finds from the island-like Gower Peninsula can be found at Swansea’s city centre museum. Part of the museum contains the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities outside London, including a 4,000-year-old mummy.
The great Welsh
writer Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea in
1914. A Dylan Thomas Centre has been
established and visitors can also join a
special ‘city trail’ which takes in various
landmarks including the author’s home and a
local park where he wrote some of his works.
Swansea lies on the dramatic Gower Peninsula, one of Wales’ most popular holiday destinations. Largely unspoiled, it offers a variety of attractions from spectacular cliff top views and ancient caves to traditional villages and sandy beaches.