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Arts and Culture in Swansea - Theater, Dance, and Industrial Heritage Museums

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Swansea is a regional arts hub, and you'll have no trouble finding something cultural to suit your taste. You can catch Broadway-style shows performed by travelling theatre troupes or listen to the city's own opera company. Museums will teach you about the history of South Wales. And you can admire the latest creations of top local artists at galleries in town.

Drama and stage shows


If you like visiting the theatre, there are several to check out here, which host touring musicals, comedians, and serious dramas. The largest and oldest venue is Swansea Grand Theatre. Its program runs from thought-provoking plays, to spectacular Broadway-style events. The Dylan Thomas Theatre is home to the Swansea Little Theatre company. It also has performances by touring theatre groups from around Britain.


Swansea Grand Theatre


This Victorian theatre has comedy shows, plays, and big-budget musicals. Behind-the-scenes tours are given every fortnight.


Singleton Street, Swansea SA1 3QJTel: +44 1792 475715


Swansea Grand Theatre website


Dylan Thomas Theatre


Swansea's only waterside theatre venue is home to the Swansea Little Theatre group. It also puts on shows by travelling companies.


Gloucester Place, Swansea SA1 1TY. Tel: +44 1792 473238


Dylan Thomas Theatre website

Heritage museums


Museum lovers will find plenty to keep them occupied. Swansea Museum's collection encompasses everything from an Egyptian mummy to some of the world’s oldest known photographs. It also contains a number of historic vehicles, including several boats moored on Swansea Marina. To learn more about the city's industrial heritage, you can visit the National Waterfront Museum. It tells the story of the region's past as a major mining centre. Its copper and coal was once exported through Swansea's docks to all corners of the British Empire.


Swansea Museum


In the oldest museum in Wales you can come face-to-face with "Hor the Mummy," brought here from Egypt in 1888. You'll also find an exhibit on Swansea's wartime past.


Victoria Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 1SN. Tel: +44 1792 653763


Swansea Museum website


National Waterfront Museum


The museum tells the story of the mining heritage of South Wales, and Swansea's role as a global port.


Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3RD. Tel: +44 300 111 2333


National Waterfront Museum website


Art galleries


Swansea's Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is undergoing a major facelift and not expected to reopen until 2016. Fortunately, there are several other galleries to satisfy your artistic side, like Attic Gallery, which showcases contemporary Welsh artists’ work. Housed in a 19th-century former church, Mission Gallery hosts exhibitions and events on a variety of themes based on the visual arts.


Attic Gallery


Wales's oldest private art gallery, founded in 1962, features the work of important local artists.


37 Pocketts Wharf, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3XL. Tel: +44 1792 653387


Attic Gallery website


Mission Gallery


In a former church, Mission Gallery has a reputation for daring programs that challenge the boundaries of visual arts.


Gloucester Place, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 1TY. Tel: +44 1792 652016


Mission Gallery website


Opera and classical dance


Whether you enjoy grand opera or want to watch contemporary dance, you'll have plenty of choices. Shows at the Taliesin Arts Centre, at Swansea University, range from ballet to cutting-edge, world music to opera. Swansea also has its own touring opera company: Swansea City Opera, founded in 2005. If they're not on tour, you may be able to catch them at the Taliesin Arts Centre or Swansea Grand Theatre.


Taliesin Arts Centre


The venue hosts over 50 performances a year, ranging from classical and contemporary dance, to jazz, children's events, and opera.


Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PZ. Tel: +44 1792 602060


Taliesin Arts Centre website