Welcome to Swansea
Welcome to Swansea - The city of Dylan Thomas
Swansea, Abertawe in Welsh, officialy known as the City and County of Swansea, is a coastal city and county in Wales. Located on the sandy South West Wales coast, the City and County of Swansea has a population of 240,000, making it the second most populous local authority area in Wales after Cardiff. Swansea is also known as the birth place of the famous poet Dylan Thomas whose works include the poems "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "And death shall have no dominion".
Information and Facts
To enjoy a good night, Swansea offer a range of public houses, bars, clubs, restaurants and even two casinos. Most of the city centre bars are located on Wind Street, which is the most active area regarding nightlife, and most clubs including Oceana are situated on the Kingsway.
Swansea is recognised as a regional shopping centre for South West Wales and so it is a great place to shop and find independent boutiques, specialist shops and traditional arcades. The Quadrant Shopping Centre is the biggest in Swansea and is available whatever the weather. And every Thursday, late night shopping in the City Centre is possible.
As Dylan Thomas' birth place, Swansea has some sites related to him that you can see or visit, like his family's house in which he lived during his youth or the Dylan Thomas Centre (literary centre). But Swansea has also museums like the Swansea Museum or the National Waterfront Museum. The Singleton Park and Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to enjoy nature. And because Swansea is a city of football and rugby, the Liberty Stadium is a must see for all the sports lovers.
Finally Swansea has beautiful sandy beaches to offer.
Time Zone: GMT +00.00
Summer Time Zome: GMT +1.00 hour
Swansea's climate is typical of the west of Britain, it is a temperate oceanic climate. Thanks to its location as a coastal region, its climate is milder than in the mountains and valleys inland. But it also leaves Swansea exposed to rain-bearing winds from the Atlantic and figures from the Met Office make Swansea Britain's wettest city.
Swansea has a reliable and economical bus service to transport you from one place to another in the city. Travelling in Swansea is possible via the First Cymru bus service. To pick up the bus you will want to go to Quadrant Bus Station which is near the Tourist Information Centre on Plymouth Street. A daily ticket for Swansea Bay buses is £3.60 for before 10:00 am and £3.00 after 10:00 am. An unlimited weekly ticket is also available.
Bus and train service is available from Swansea to destinations throughout Wales as well.