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Swansea is located on the beautiful Gower Peninsular, the UK's first designated 'area of outstanding natural beauty'

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Swansea is located on the beautiful Gower Peninsular, the UK's first designated 'area of outstanding natural beauty'. Although much of the city's architectural heritage was destroyed in war time bombing, its wide sandy beaches, spectacular coastal scenery, varied cultural events, lush parks, magnificent Maritime Quarter and medieval castles have preserved Swansea's place as a major vacation destination. Walk the streets of Swansea and you'll know why Wales is a European economic tiger! The Gower Peninsula was the country's first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and boasts spectacular landscapes peppered with pre-historic, Roman, Celtic, Saxon, Viking and Norman relics. Nearby is Wales' second city,Swansea, which has a good selection of galleries and home to some of the best funded museums in the UK. Swansea is the birth place of the internationally acclaimed poet and play-write Dylan Thomas and the Oscar winning actor Catherine Zeta-Jones. Swansea-Cork Ferries operate a ferry service between Swansea and Cork in Ireland --------------------------------------------------------------------- Singleton Park Boating lake, crazy golf course, children's play area and public house and home to the Botanical Gardens. Maritime Quarter The Maritime Quarter is one of the most lively parts of Swansea. The waterfront village has an abundance of interesting features - shops, pubs, eating places, the Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea Leisure Centre, Maritime and Industrial Museums, night clubs and more - all clustered around the six hundred berth marina. Dylan Thomas Centre The old city Guildhall houses the UK's first purpose built literature centre. Swansea Museum The oldest museum in the principality, displays range from local archaeological finds to the treasures of Egypt. ...read more.


The name "Swansea" ("Abertawe" in Welsh) is believed to derive from "Swein's Eye", a reference to a 10th Century Viking ruler who is said to have been first to exploit the seafaring potential of the broad sandy bay at Swansea. Ship building was established here in the 13th Century and in the next four hundred years the port flourished to be one of the most powerful in the world, exporting eighty per cent of the world's requirement of copper and other minerals. During this prolific era, local city kilns produced fine porcelain which is highly valued by collectors today. Excellence in stained glass is one artistic tradition which continues to earn Swansea a worldwide reputation. Swansea is the county where everything is reconciled - the hills to the coast, the city and the countryside, timeless landscapes contrasts poetically with contemporary life. Swansea Places of Interest Swansea Marina The award winning waterfront village is bubbling with bars, restaurants and boats aside the Swansea Bay coastal promenade. There are two museums within the Maritime Quarter: Swansea Maritime and the Swansea Museum. The Maritime Museum includes Wales' largest display of floating exhibits (available for hands-on exploration), a working woollen mill, transport displays and a tramshed containing an exhibition devoted to "Mumbles Train" - the world's first fare paying passenger railway. This museum has been designated the future National Waterfront Museum of Wales. Swansea Museum includes a priceless collection of rare Swansea and Nantgarw porcelain, a cabinet of curiosities, ichthyosaur skeleton and the 4000 year old mummy of Egyptian priest, Hor. ...read more.


Discovered by accident in 1912, the intrepid Morgan brothers used a traditional Welsh coracle (a round floating craft) to negotiate an underground lake. Shortly afterwards "Bone Cave" was discovered, named after 42 Bronze Age skeletons which were later uncovered. Cathedral Cave, opened in 1956, is renowned for its majestic waterfalls and lakes. Fact 1: Swansea was once described as an "ugly, lovely town." It is a large and sprawling city that is often boisterous. It is the second city of Wales and has greater hopes of becoming the first. It is a very Welsh town as yr iaith, the Welsh language, is spoken on the streets daily. Fact 2: The city's Welsh name is Abertawe and refers to the fact that the settlement is located at the mouth of the River Tawe. It is believed that the English name was promoted from Viking sources suggesting that perhaps a pre-Norman settlement existed in the area. Fact 3: Swansea was founded in 1099 when a Norman castle was built as an outpost of William the Conqueror's Empire. A small settlement grew near the coalfields and the sea. Eventually, the area developed into a mining and shipbuilding center. By 1700, it was the largest coal port in Wales. Fact 4: In 1941, 30,000 bombs fell upon Swansea in just three nights. World War II had devastated the city. Today, Swansea has a population of 200,000 and is undergoing revitalization. A rekindling music and club scene are just part of the action that is bringing this city back to life. ...read more.

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