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Best Hotels in Swansea

Swansea Hotels

Swansea is a large seaside city abuzz with round-the-clock activity. Set like a sparkling gem on Wales’ south coast, it overlooks the deep blue waves of the Bristol Channel, and calm, aquamarine bay and marina waters. Swansea boasts a proud tradition of performing arts, with several grand halls, Victorian theatres and pristine white-walled pavilions putting on performances throughout the year. Beaches and promenades provide sun-soaked leisure activities, from adrenaline-pumping water sports to opulent green gardens.

Things to see

Culture-lovers won't want to pass up a quick visit to the Uplands, a northern area of Swansea and birthplace of the poet Dylan Thomas. An amble around the flower-studded Cwmdonkin Park will be rewarded with the stately stone memorial to the Welsh poet. Back in central Swansea, you can explore the city’s many theatres and catch a play, pantomime or ballet performance, or simply enjoy their diverse and mesmerising architecture. The Grand Theatre, arguably the most beautiful in the city, is a Victorian white-stoned masterpiece covered in glistening glass panes. Oystermouth Castle, a majestic moss-clad ruin, hosts hypnotic outdoor Shakespeare performances during the summer. Thrill-seekers can catch epic waves at Langland Bay, a soft-sandy surfing beach, and those looking for pure leisure will find endless opportunities along the 5-mile promenade, which is lined with buzzing bars, quaint cafés, curious boutiques and fine restaurants.

Hotels in Swansea

Aligning the harbour and marina, within walking distance to Swansea’s many golden sandy beaches, you’ll find a number of hotel complexes and apartment rentals, which boast a range of affordable accommodation and lavish luxury. These Swansea hotel rooms are comfortable and convenient, and the penthouse apartments are large and refined with sparkling seafront views, creating a perfectly romantic setting. Swansea’s cheap hotels and lodges are ideal for a family-friendly location on a budget, and are located slightly further away from the dazzling promenade, but offer fine attentive service and a calmer, more sublime setting.

Where to stay

The Mumbles is a pleasant old-world village at the very south of Swansea’s extensive promenade, and provides unforgettable views across the gleaming sapphire waters and the rolling green Welsh countryside. The Mumbles also boasts pristine uncrowded beachfront and a family-friendly nightlife of quiet cosy pubs and welcoming restaurants. The northern peak of the promenade, toward the Maritime quarter, is sprinkled with lively bars and restaurants, where the smell of crackling cockles and luscious laverbread fills the air. Further inland, central Swansea offers easy access to the city’s architectural sights and captivating artistic culture.

How to get to Swansea

Swansea railway station, a winsome white-washed building, provides frequent and speedy services throughout Wales, and transfers at Cardiff for stations throughout England, including London and Manchester. The railway station benefits from being a short 10 minute stroll from the bus station, where affordable services will whizz you off throughout the city and out toward its fine sandy beaches. Swansea is well connected by road, with the M4 and A48 crossing through the north of the centre. The promenade and many of the streets have cycle lanes, making it a pleasant and fun city to dart around on a bicycle.