Swansea is the second biggest city in Wales, after Cardiff, and is a coastal port of some repute. Situated in the county of Glamorgan on the South West coast of the country, Swansea has much to offer the visitor both in terms of modern facilities and historical interest.
In industrial terms the city was once the world centre for copper production – this coming to the fore in the 19th century – and evidence of civilization as long ago as the Stone Age has been found in the area, but today it is a modern city with much to offer the tourist or visitor.
A violent second world war bombing campaign destroyed much of the city centre hence what the visitor sees today is largely 20th century, but the expansive coastal sweeps and glorious beaches make it a very popular place for those visiting Wales. Easily accessible by local road networks, Swansea also has a new ferry service between the city and Cork, in Ireland.
This glasshouse in the shape of a pyramid, and can be found a block from the city centre. A little taste of the tropics in Wales, with plants, tamarin monkeys, insects, tropical birds an aquarium, and a spine tingling 13 foot Burmese python.
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
If you take the very steep road to Clifton Hill you will find a delightful Edwardian house which is home to many Welsh paintings as well as fine porcelain exhibits.
This large marina is home to many cafes, shops, museums and a leisure centre.
This is Wales’s oldest public museum, housing bits and pieces of everything including an Egyptian mummy, located on Victoria Road.
National Waterfront Museum
This large museum is known to be one of the best in the country. It uses modern technology to tell the history of Swansea. There are 15 areas in which all manner of things are displayed with many interactive exhibits. There are also shops, eateries and a waterfront balcony here.