Must-see attractions in Swansea
The beautiful coastal city of Wales, Swansea is one of the most attractive cities of the county with the same name. There are numerous tourist attractions in the city. From museums and galleries to gardens and parks, you will find spectacular attractions in Swansea. There are also other buildings in the city which are wonderful and worth visiting, such as the Swansea Grand Theatre, the Swansea Castle, the Brangwyn Hall or the beautiful St. Mary’s Church. If you would like to visit Swansea but you don’t know which attractions to visit, this article will surely help you. Below there will be presented the best attractions of the city that are must-see for every visitor of Swansea.
Dylan Thomas Centre
Situated in the Maritime Quarter of the city, it is a fine arts centre. The Dylan Thomas Centre was opened in 1995 and presents an interesting exhibition relating to the works of Dylan Thomas, the famous Welsh writer and poet. Besides the exhibitions, there are held different literary events throughout the year. A festival is also held in the centre every year. It is the Dylan Thomas Festival which is held between the 27th of October and the 9th of November. These dates represent the birth and death dates of the writer. The Dylan Thomas Centre is open daily from 10:00 to 16:30. (September 2012)
The public hothouse of Swansea is situated in the Park Tawe and was opened in 1990. The hothouse is home to several species of reptiles, fish, insects and tropical plants. From pineapple plants and coconut trees to giant bamboos, you will find different spectacular tropical plants here, not to mention the wonderful butterflies, tarantulas and chameleons. Plantasia can be visited every day from 10:00 to 17:00. The pries are the following: for adults £3.95, for children and concessions £2.95 and for families £13.25. (September 2012)
The castle is considered to be built in 1106. After several attacks, it fell in 1217. The castle had an outer bailey, too. After the 14th century the castle lost its military importance. Later, during the 18th and 19th centuries it was used for different purposes: as a prison, as a market or as a town hall. Today only the remains of the interior part of the castle can be seen, but it is still fantastic and worth visiting.
National Waterfront Museum
Its collections include objects relating to technology, transport and maritime. It is also located in the Maritime Quarter of the city. The museum opened its doors to the public in October 2005. The building which houses the museum is made of slate and glass. There are multimedia presentations and multilingual voiceovers inside the museum. The National Waterfront Museum is open every day from 10:00 to 17:00 and there is no entry fee. (September 2012)
Being the largest urban park in Swansea, it is a great attraction of the city. There are different cultural and entertainment events held in Singleton Park. There is also a botanic garden located in the centre of the park. A wonderful Swiss cottage can be also found inside the park. For the lovers of nature there is also a pretty boating lake in Singleton Park. It is worth visiting!