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Weekend Guide to Swansea Bay

I recently had an amazing weekend thanks to Visit Swansea Bay and found that this beautiful Welsh, coastal city has all the ingredients for one awesome weekend! If you’re looking for a city break that combines adventure sports, incredible views, beaches, art, history, culture and fabulous foodie spots, then Swansea Bay is the weekend break for you! Here is a guide for everything you need to know to have one epic weekend in Swansea Bay.

How to get there

If you have a car and prefer a more scenic route, the journey is 4 hours from Manchester and 3 and half hours from London. There is ample parking pretty much everywhere you go too, either in the city centre or if you head into Mumbles for a drive down the coast.

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If you don’t have a car or prefer to chill on the train, there are regular services (that take the same length of time as driving) from London Paddington Station and Manchester Piccadilly Station. There are no changes from these stations and the trains run every half an hour on week nights until 7pm and then every hour until 11pm after that. Sunday services are every hour and run until 8.30pm.

Where to stay

If you love to stay central to the action without breaking the bank when you travel (like me!), you will love the Dragon Hotel. It is around a 7 minute walk away from everything you could need during your stay…train station, city centre shopping, the museums and the waterpark. It’s also only a 7 minute walk away from the bus station where you will find regular services to take you into Mumbles, making it perfectly located.

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Not only is it fabulously located but it is affordable and stylish, with prices starting from only £70 per night. The bright and spacious bedrooms include a big comfy bed, ensuite bathroom and complimentary toiletries, air-conditioning, flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, large wardrobes and most importantly free wifi!

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You can also add breakfast to your booking, which I highly recommend as it will really set you up for the day and caters for every breakfast type (even us veggies!), with everything from cereal and fresh fruit to fry ups and warm pastries.

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If you plan on taking a little more for relaxation during your stay, the Dragon Hotel also has a brasserie with fine dining and a leisure club with an indoor pool, saunas, fitness centre and spa treatment rooms.  

What to do

There are endless things to do in Swansea Bay, from adventure activities like paddle boarding and indoor surfing to taking relaxing strolls along the coast and sampling delicious local food with a 360 view from Wales’ tallest tower. There is something for everyone in Swansea Bay and plenty to keep you occupied for the weekend. Check out my last post, 10 awesome things to do in Swansea Bay for my full list of recommendations on what to do and my weekend vlog for a behind the scenes look of everything I got up to ;)

Where to eat

Did you know that Swansea Bay is a secret foodie paradise? I know I didn’t! There are two lunch spots in particular that are must visits. The first is Verdi’s, which is a beautiful family run Italian cafe and ice cream parlour that looks out right onto Swansea Bay.

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It has all your classic Italian favourites including pasta, pizza and gelato. I had a large, tasty portion of cheesy arrabbiata pasta with some ice cream for dessert. Try the Turkish Delight gelato, it’s to die for! It’s the perfect pit stop whilst exploring Mumbles or en route for a coastal walk along Bracelet Bay.

Verdis Swansea Bay

Another great lunch spot, which is an excellent choice whilst you are checking out some of Swansea’s museums and having a walk down by Swansea Marina is Cafe TwoCann. The cafe has a really warm and friendly vibe to it. With its exposed brick walls and marina views, it really is a wonderful place to eat, especially as it is a grade 2 listed building that was originally the docks grain store (which makes it even cooler!).

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The food is also delicious and you can really taste the difference in the home cooked meals here made with fresh local ingredients. Their three course lunch is a real treat, I started with a spicy vegetable soup, a pesto pasta for my main and arguably the best (and most artistic) lemon meringue I’ve ever had. Let’s just take a moment for that lemon meringue…

If I lived in Swansea, I would definitely be making Cafe TwoCann my weekly brunch treat!

Cafe-Two_Cann Swansea Bay

Have you ever been to Swansea Bay or would like to spend a weekend of adventure there? Let me know below :)

Mel x

 

 

Disclaimer: I was invited by Visit Swansea Bay to review fun activities and restaurants for the weekend but as always my opinions are all my own and would only recommend activities and places I think you’ll love.

About the author

Hi! I'm Mel a full-time Marketeer and part-time adventurer. I’m a British travel blogger who loves nothing more than immersing myself in different cultures and exploring new places. My goal is to inspire all of you office dwellers to follow your travel dreams whilst still working your 9-5.

18Comments

  1. You found a super convenient place to stay to explore Swansea Bay. My wandering might have been diverted more than once by that Turkish delight gelato though!

  2. … Turkish… delight… gelato? :o

    This looks like a great weekend trip! I never really considered Swansea as a destination, but clearly I’m missing out! Thanks for this handy guide, definitely bookmarking for an open weekend.

  3. Christina Pfeiffer says:

    Swansea Bay looks like a lovely spot for a weekend away. The hotel looks really charming and what a great name for a hotel! I’m guessing there must be a legend involving dragons…My friends who live in London would love this place. I’m going to pass it on.

  4. Oh my goodness all your food looks absolutely delicious. I have to admit I hadn’t thought of Wales as being a foodie destination at all but this changes my mind.

    • Mel says:

      I hadn’t thought about it before but Swansea Bay is definitely a foodie place and I loved it. Everything was locally grown so was really fresh!

  5. Carol says:

    Great food choices you gave! Swansea Bay is one weekend trip from London we have not done. The same as Devon. Two places to go back to now!

    • Mel says:

      Carol you need to get down there haha! ;) I need to check out Devon, family have been there for a birthday weekend and were raving about it.

  6. Carol Perehudoff says:

    This is a great guide for people visiting Swansea Bay. Lot’s of practical advice. I’m sure people will find it very helpful.

  7. carlingdoodling says:

    Yes, I would love to see Swansea someday soon! We are so alike in travel style. I also travel by commute and always on the lookout for decent accommodations without breaking the bank. Bookmarking this and thank you for sharing your wonderful weekend!

  8. Jenna says:

    I’ve never heard of Swansea Bay, but it looks like such an adorable town! I’d love to explore all the great restaurants and the views from Grape and Olive look fantastic. Paddle boarding would be fun as well–I’d love to visit!

  9. Buddy The Traveling Monkey says:

    Girl, I love your video!! Swansea Bay looks like such a fun place, can’t wait to visit. And good for you for trying the indoor surfing! You looked great! :)

    • Mel says:

      Aw thanks so much boo! Next time you’re in London, head up for a couple of days I really think you’ll love it and enjoy getting out of the city too. The indoor surfing was a great workout but so much fun too! I wish I had something like it near to me :(