Swansea & The Gower Peninsula
Swansea, the birthplace of poet Dylan Thomas, adores its native son and honours him throughout the year, most poignantly at the Dylan Thomas Festival in October and November.
The National Botanic Gardens and Neath Abbey make for interesting diversions, and the stunning Gower Peninsula contains some of the region’s best beaches.
The peninsulas shores are a succession of sheltered sandy bays and tall headlands. The seaside resort of Mumbles, on the outskirts of Swansea, is the most famous town along the route. It’s an elegantly faded place to wander on a sunny afternoon, with an amusement pier and seaside promenade. Further along the peninsula, the secluded Pwll Du Bay can only be reached on foot from nearby villages, such as Southgate. A few kilometres westward is the more accessible (and very popular) Three Cliffs Bay, with its sweeping views and wide, sandy beach. At the far western tip of the peninsula, Rhossili has perhaps the best beach of all. Its unusual, snaking causeway – known locally as the Worm’s Head – is inaccessible at high tide.
The Gower's Beaches
With 16 blue-flag (recognising their quality, cleanliness and services) beaches to explore, and some of the best surf on any of Wales’ and England’s coasts, this peninsula offers an abundance of unexpected fun and beauty. Rhossili has been called 'the supermodel of British beaches' by The Independent, and many other beaches of this region have been given similar praise. This is also a great area for nature walks.
Dylan Thomas Centre
Dylan Thomas is one of the 20th century's most significant writers. Situated in Swansea, the Dylan Thomas Centre serves as the National Literature Centre for Wales. The centre houses an art gallery, restaurant, and cafe-bookshop.
The centre hosts a number of events and is the home of a permanent exhibition of Dylan's life, work and legacy, called ‘Love the Words’, which has been on display since October 2014, Dylan's 100th birthday.
National Botanic Gardens of Wales
This 18th-century estate is dotted with lakes, fountains, and a Japanese garden. The centrepiece is the Great Glass House, the largest single-span greenhouse in the world.
The garden is a blend of the historic and modern and is home to a large number of horticulturally fascinating areas, including an apothecary's garden, a bee garden, butterfly house, a funghi exhibition and much, much more. You will have no problem at all filling an entire day here and if you are really interested in gardens and plants, we suggest you plan for two!
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