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Swansea – The second largest City in Wales
Swansea is a coastal city in the south-west of Wales. More than 170,000 people live in Swansea, making it the second most populated city in Wales. During its industrial height, the city was one of the main centres of the world copper industry.
Swansea has a long history which includes the Romans and Vikings, and relics can be found from the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages. Some believe the city’s name may have come from the Vikings and Sveinsey (Old Norse), but there are other variations from this period.
Despite its long history, many of the buildings in the centre are post-war, as the city centre was destroyed by bombing during World War II (1941), it what was later named the “Three Nights Blitz”.
Many famous people have come from Swansea, with the poet Dylan Thomas being the most well known from this very long list.
Reasons to visit Swansea
With so much to offer, it is difficult to know where to begin. Swansea has some very scenic areas and was one of the first areas in the UK to be designated an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. There are many beaches (where surfing is possible) and Oxwich Bay was named the most beautiful beach in Britain in 2007.
Other attractions include: The Swansea and Mumbles Railway (built in 1804), numerous museums, the Dylan Thomas Centre, sailing and other water sports, Parks, golf courses and much more.
Entertainment and Dining in Swansea
There are many pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants in Swansea, including two casinos. Most of the bars are located on Wind Street in the centre, and the clubs are mainly found on the Kingsway.
Accommodation in Swansea
There are more than 20 hotels in Swansea and plenty of other types of accommodation (Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfast, Self Catering etc.). You can choose a central location, or opt for a more scenic rural area. Prices are available to match most budgets.