Cardiff might be Wales’ capital city, but when it comes to weekend breaks, you can’t beat a visit to Swansea.
Swansea is a fantastic city for family visits, with so much to see and do. It’s easy to get around and has excellent transport links, making it the perfect place to bring the kids. Swansea is at its best in the summer, and you’ll be sure to find some special seasonal touches to make your visit even better.
Need further convincing? Here are five reasons to visit this summer.
1. The beaches
Swansea is a city on the sea, with some beautiful beaches were you can enjoy a stroll or spend the day soaking up the sun. Known as one of the UK’s best beaches, Rhossili Bay is a must-visit for a family day out. If you’re bringing the dog along, check out dog-friendly beaches that the whole family can enjoy together.
2. The museums
Swansea is a great place for culture, and you’ll find no shortage of fascinating museums to enjoy during your stay. Some top recommendations include the Waterfront Museum, which has some incredible views of the Swansea coast, the Dylan Thomas Centre and of course, the Swansea Museum which has some excellent exhibitions and a handy city centre location.
3. The food
Swansea is fast becoming a foodie lover’s city, with a good mix of popular chains and independent restaurants offering a wide selection. Choose Swansea hotels based in the city centre so you can be within walking distance of some excellent restaurant options. An absolute must is a visit to Joe’s Ice Cream, arguably one of the best UK ice cream companies, which hails from Swansea and still has a parlour there.
4. The kids activities
You’ll find no shortage of fun activities for children during your visit to Swansea. Among the fun things to do in Swansea with the kids, you’ll find the Gower Heritage Centre, Oystermouth Castle and Go Ape, which is just a short drive away in Margam. The summer is also home to some great festivals and concerts, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for special events happening during your stay.
5. The Mumbles
The Mumbles is a wonderful village to enjoy a stroll during your time in Swansea. Packed with shops, pubs and restaurants, you’ll find plenty of places to wander into as you enjoy the delights of this seaside destination. Make sure you stop for some food at the famous Verdi’s cafe which will have something for everyone to fill their appetite.
Travelling with the children is a fun way to spend the summer, and with so many great cities in the UK, you can find some excellent and affordable destinations to visit. Swansea makes a great spot along the way to some of west Wales’ glorious coasts, so you could make your visit a longer one as you soak up the beautiful Welsh seaside.