The natural environment supplies some of the best opportunities in the UK for walking, watersports and outdoor adventure. Gower is the place to be if you like surfing. For top mountain biking trails, head for the Afan Valley. Swansea Bay's a place of impressive contrasts: City and country; historic and contemporary; grand parkland and pounding surf.
Wrap up warm and wander through one of Swansea's many parks. From Brynmill Park, the oldest in Swansea, to Singleton Botanical Gardens, home to bright herbaceous borders and large glasshouses.
Arthur's Stone, Gower
Gower is bursting with mystery, history, standing stones, shipwrecks and medieval castles. Walk to Arthur's Stone on Cefn Bryn to enjoy a 360 degree view of Gower; explore the hulk of the Helvetia shipwreck on Rhossili Bay or discover the grounds of Oystermouth Castle (looking great after its £1m revamp!).
Walking on Gower's beaches
Blow the cobwebs away and take a stroll around Swansea. Amble along Swansea's Prom or challenge yourself to the 35 mile Gower Way. There are three sections, but you don't have to do them all at once! Get your free copy of the 'Walking and Cycling in Rural Swansea' guide from the Swansea tourist office and enjoy hours of free fun exploring beautiful bays and rural retreats.
Mountain biking at Afan Forest Park
Follow the Tawe Trail and take in Swansea's industrial heritage or just ride beside the seaside. Spectacular views guaranteed all along the way to Mumbles.
National Waterfront Museum
Explore Wales' oldest and newest museums. Discover an Egyptian mummy at Swansea Museum then pop next door for interactive displays on Wales' industrial and maritime heritage at the National Waterfront Museum. Entry to both museums is free!
Freshly bakes Welshcakes at Swansea Market
Discover Wales' largest indoor market – we can't guarantee you won't be tempted to buy our locally sourced produce (including cockles and laverbread) and mouth watering welshcakes fresh from the bakestone though!
Sunset over Worm's Head, Gower
Swansea has some of the best around, including the famous Worm's Head. Sit back and enjoy the views!
West Glamorgan Archive Service
Delve into your past at West Glamorgan Archives offering free access to many family history resources, including the Ancestry, Find My Past and 1911 census websites. To find our more just turn up at the Archives in the Civic Centre during opening hours.
Dylan Thomas statue in Swansea Maritime Quarter
Visit the Dylan Thomas Centre for the largest collection of Dylan memorabilia in the world. Then head to his birthplace at Cwmdonkin Drive and discover nearby Cwmdonkin Park where Dylan spent much of his childhood.
Get in the festive spirit and enjoy Christmas in Swansea. Browse around the Christmas Markets and enjoy daily entertainment in November and December.