Written by Joy S on 06 Jun, 2007
Swansea is Wales' second largest city and is modern, vibrant, and compact. It is the birthplace of Dylan Thomas who described it as "the ugly, lovely city." Catherine Zeta Jones was also born and raised in this area. During Medieval times Swansea was a prosperous…Read More
Swansea is Wales' second largest city and is modern, vibrant, and compact. It is the birthplace of Dylan Thomas who described it as "the ugly, lovely city." Catherine Zeta Jones was also born and raised in this area. During Medieval times Swansea was a prosperous market town and later it gained prominence as a spa town. The city was devastated by air raids during the war and has been almost completely rebuilt. Traditional industries have vanished and redevelopment has led to a more attractive Swansea. There is now an abundance of parks, lovely coastal scenery, waterside suburbs, and an interesting maritime quarter.The Old South Dock has been converted into a marina. This is home to the National Waterfront Museum - Swansea's newest attraction. The building is made of glass and steel and cost £30 million to construct. It uses the latest technology to tell the story of Wales' industrial and maritime heritage. Entrance is free. The whole Maritime Quarter is a mixture of old and new. Modern developments sit next to Georgian townhouses.The Wind Street area in Swansea is the modern cafe quarter by day and the liveliest street in the city by night. Swansea also has an indoor market - worth a visit - which is the largest in Wales.We especially enjoyed strolling along the waterside in the marinas and also on the beach along the seafront.We ate at two very nice restaurants during our stay. The first was Charlie's Chowder House and Delicatessen - near Wind Street. It is an American style restaurant with a lovely little bar at street level, and then downstairs underground is the restaurant. It has a New England, stripped back feel and a lovely laid back and relaxed vibe. Service was excellent - they did not have a children's menu but asked what our son liked and cooked that for him. Main courses were in the region of £10-£17. Food was good - not the best we've ever had, but we liked the staff, service and the surroundings.On our second evening we ate at the Restaurant at the Tower. This is located very close to the harbour area where there are lots of fishing boats. Again, it is an independent privately run restaurant, with a lovely atmosphere and great service. It is small and intimate, serves predominantly fish but also has meat dishes. Our meal was absolutely delicious - main courses were around £15-£17. I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant. Close
Written by davidx on 22 Nov, 2002
I have done separate pages on the specific parts of Gower, Rhossili, and Oxwich, which are as yet the only parts I have seen. I went mainly to decide whether the area justified a longer visit, decided it undoubtedly did, and have not yet made…Read More
I have done separate pages on the specific parts of Gower, Rhossili, and Oxwich, which are as yet the only parts I have seen. I went mainly to decide whether the area justified a longer visit, decided it undoubtedly did, and have not yet made it though I hope we may take a cottage for a week before too long.
I thought before I went there that it was called The Gower, which I now realize is regarded as the height of ignorance. I was sharply told that I had probably never treated England's ex-captain of cricket to such an appellation (true, but I am not sure what it proves).
Anyway, Gower is one of the least visited of the most beautiful parts of the English/Welsh coast - as good as the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park or the Lleyn Peninsular, less crowded than Cornwall or Llandudno, and in my mind a higher league altogether than most of our coastline.
I do not like going on about things of which I have no personal experience, but my ramblings were one of the factors which led some friends to take a house for a week in Gower, and they now talk even more about its castles, churches, cliffs, caves, beaches, and its wildlife - particularly birds and flowers. Among its assets is one of the websites about it which gives vast detail on all these aspects and more. Ceck out explore-gower.