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10 Best Hidden Gems in Swansea, Wales

Updated: Jan 3

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track locations scattered across Swansea.

From award winning beaches to top class restaurants, there are loads to see when in Swansea. The city also has quite a lot of fascinating places and history that you might not even be aware of. Why not check out some of some of these cool hidden gems to explore the next time you're in Swansea?

In this article, we share 10 hidden gems in Swansea which you need to add to your Swansea bucket list this year to escape the crowds. We hope you enjoy!

1) Penllergare Valley Woods

An amazing place to go for a woodland walk, and you'll be rewarded with outstanding waterfalls! There are plenty of trails, foot bridges and small waterfalls to explore. You can easily spend hours at this beauty of a hidden gem!

2) Oystermouth Castle

A lovely atmospheric castle which features stunning views across the Mumbles Bay. In the summer, Oystermouth Castle even holds cool open air cinemas! Please note it's not always open to the public so please do check before visiting.

3) Mumbles Beach

When the weather is on your side, this amazing beach is definitely one to visit. It's possible to walk all the way to the lighthouse but only when the tides are low! For starfish enthusiasts, many starfish can be found on the rocks and beach.

4) Pennard Castle

Unfortunately there isn't a huge amount of Pennard Castle left, but it commands a fantastic position up on the top of the hill overlooking the Three Cliffs Bay. It was built in the 12th century out of wood and then rebuilt in stone between the 13th and 14th century.

5) Three Cliffs Bay

Three Cliffs Bay is a truly stunning beach. You have to walk a little bit in order to get to the beach since there's no car peak nearby, but it is 100% worth the effort! When the tide is low it's definitely at its best, and looks like somewhere exotic!

6) Oxwich Bay Beach

You'll feel like you're abroad when visiting Oxwich Bay Beach on a sunny day! The water is quite shallow, clean and warm. It is dog friendly, and you can even walk from Oxwich Bay to the Three Cliffs Bay as mentioned above.

7) Culver Hole

Culver Hole is a great place to explore with lots of tales and legends which surround this place. It must be visited at low tide, so PLEASE check the low tides if you plan to visit Culver Hole. It can be quite tough to find and even harder to get to, but it's totally worth it.

8) King Arthur’s Stone

The myth and magic of our sacred landscape really does come alive here. It holds many secrets through the mists of time, and the scenery is absolutely stunning. It is a fine example of an Neolithic burial site often called a Cromlech or Dolmen.

9) Loughor Castle

Although unfortunately there isn't much left of this historic castle, there is definitely enough to warrant a short visit to Loughor Castle. To make a day of it, you can also visit Loughor Estuary which we talk about below!

10) Loughor Estuary

Loughor Estuary is off the beaten track and most Swansea locals don't even know it exists! It boasts great views, and its fascinating how the estuary is changing (which happened mainly after the railway bridge was changed which effects the tide floods and ebbs).

We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known places which are scattered around Swansea. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Swansea trip even more memorable!

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