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                          Maritime Swansea, Wales' Secret Heart!

                          click here for Swansea life, day and nightthe unique heritage of our bayside city .....Home to Swansea, WalesClick here for the spectacular bays of Gower PeninsularClick here for Dylan Thomas biography .....

                              

 

     

  

With arguably one of the finest seascapes in Europe and a spectacular Maritime Quarter lodged in the spine of a golden half-moon bay, Swansea nestles in the shadow of seven hills, between roaming parklands and the lapping tides of an inspirational shoreline. Follow it and you are led to the timeless secrets of Gower peninsular, with a dozen more sandy bays, green pastures, enchanting castles, mysterious woodlands, atmospheric rural charm and a prehistoric heritage. This coast became the U.K.'s first official "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty".

Swansea is the county where everything is reconciled - the hills to the coast, the city to the countryside, contemporary life contrasts poetically with timeless landscapes.

The quality of life here is characterised by the breathtaking natural location, bonded with an exciting night and daylife. You can indulge in any activity you can conceive - from surfing, microlighting, rock climbing or yachting - to pony trekking, water skiing, golf or hang-gliding. Later in the evening you can chill at one of the U.K.'s most happening night scenes - dozens of clubs and more than two hundred bars & restaurants !

Swansea Bay, Wales

Maritime Swansea picture gallery, all photography copyright the webmaster Pete Rogers   Flag of the nation of Wales - the red dragon, "y ddraig goch" in Welsh  

is boats and bays ... parks and pubs ... the hills, the tides, castles, music, warm golden sands &  pure poetry ...

 

   Mumbles Lighthouse guards Swansea Bay

the sea .....

Mumbles Lighthouse standing guard on the western flank of Swansea Bay, as it's done for over 200 years

boats .....

Swansea Maritime Quarter has been formally recognised as one of the top three waterside developments in Europe

  Floating exhibits at Swansea Maritime Museum

   Blackpill, Swansea

 

poetry .....

Tracing the promenade between Swansea Maritime Quarter and Mumbles lighthouse is an enchanting experience as you span a bay which has inspired poets for hundreds of years

 

pubs .....

You'll be pleased to learn are a Welsh way of life! Swansea's "Mumbles Mile" of waterfront pubs was a notorious haunt of Dylan Thomas

      Cross Keys, St Mary's Street, Swansea, Wales

    Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles, Swansea, Wales

 

castles .....

From a position high above the bay, Oystermouth Castle has witnessed 900 years of Swansea history

 

Clyne Gardens facing Swansea Bay, Swansea, Wales
Clyne Gardens, Swansea, Wales

the parks and the hills

Evergreen, timeless, they roll ever towards the golden shores of Swansea Bay

                        

                           Where is Swansea?

                        

                                 Swansea Castle, Swansea, Wales     Wales - Ireland to the west, England to the East      

                         Click here for Swansea map

The nation of Wales shares the island of Great Britain with two other very different countries - England and Scotland. To the east, Wales is bordered by England and faces Ireland across the sea to the west. The city and county of Swansea is located on the southern, sandy coast of Wales, and occupies the peninsular of  Gower.  Swansea lies some 60 miles west of the Welsh border with England and 38 miles west of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.

Swansea Castle has borne witness to city affairs since medieval times.

                        

                              Swansea, sea air city!    

                      

To take a walk, cycle or skateboard along Swansea's five mile bayside promenade is a bewitching experience. Visitors to the city have been intoxicated by Swansea sea air for hundreds of years - it has exhilarated poets and lured settlers since Viking times a thousand years ago. To inhale the ozone and feel the crash of waves from this, the second highest tidal bay in the world, will conspire to saturate your every sense. For centuries, sea farers returned to this coast from chasing adventures around the globe, their poetry and songs inspired by the golden sands of  Swansea Bay.

   Marine Walk, Maritime Quarter, Swansea - links the city centre with the bay      Marine Walk, Maritime Quarter

Floating exhibits at Swansea Maritime Museum

   Fishermen on the River Tawe Marina, Swansea, Wales

Scandinavian invaders built a fortress at Swansea in the 10th Century and named the area after their leader, Swein. By the fourteenth century the Welsh had established ship building at Swansea, accompanied by a sea fishing tradition which was to span the succeeding centuries until the present day.  The best place to start a cyber tour of Swansea is at the Maritime Quarter, the city centre's sea faring heart; replete with yacht marinas, museums, art galleries, a theatre, bars & restaurants, an observatory and a magnificent bayside location which is incomparable in the U.K. It is here that dozens of public art treasures, ranging from stone sculptures to bronze statues, retrace the steps of Swansea's sea faring centuries through symbolism and poetry. Swansea-born actress Catherine Zeta Jones adopted her "Zeta" middle name, which can be found on wall inscriptions at the sea-facing Marine Walk promenade.

One of 20th Century's most acclaimed poets is Dylan Thomas born at Swansea's Uplands in 1914. Today his genius is honoured at the Maritime Quarter with definitive performances of his work at the Dylan Thomas Theatre, Dylan Thomas Literature Centre, and during an annual festival. His bronze statue faces toward 'a long and splendid curving shore' - the bay Thomas gazed across as a child and which inspired his early work. Dylan's world-wide army of fans includes Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton; former U.S. President Carter opened Swansea's Dylan Thomas Literature Centre in 1995.

     Dylan Thomas - celebrated Swansea poet - click for biography and poetry on this site. Portrait by Augustus John - National Museum of Wales    Dylan Thomas

Swansea Maritime Quarter - south dock marina

The 600 berth bayside marina complex at the Maritime Quarter includes three distinct marinas interlinked by waterways. The larger was founded on Swansea's historic south dock, established for copper trade in the 19th Century. This marina (above & below) is the focus for a quayside village which has revived the fortunes of the old dock's characterful buildings. Adjacent, the Tawe Basin marina was traditionally an artery which served the main dock. Finally, the River Tawe marina is located at the mouth of the city riverway and is artificially maintained to half tide level by an innovative water barrage.

              

 Swansea Marina, Maritime Quarter - click for www

                        

                       Swansea - the Golden Coast of Wales

                       

Take in the view of the golden swerve of  Swansea Bay from any perspective and the experience is a true inspiration. Like a bronze arch, this five mile cove has provoked a thousand poems to reflect on her mystery.  The roar of the storm, the whispers of the tide, the breeze in your hair, the spray on your face:  no two moments are the same at  Swansea Bay. From the promenade at Marine Walk to Mumbles Pier five miles west, the variegated facades of the bay manifest a special magic. You can view it from the beach, with the warm sand between your toes, or
from one of the many hills which rise with the mist above the bay.

  Swansea Bay at West Cross, Swansea, Wales

Mumbles Train - world's first passenger carrying railway

~  On 25 March 1807, a horse drawn carriage traced the coastal perimeter of Swansea Bay on a railroad destined for  history - the world's first railway service. Today, you can stroll or cycle the five mile bayside route where horses, steam locomotives and later still red electric
tramcars once steered "The Mumbles Train" through a remarkable 153 year history.

Click here for the full story on this site

Swansea Bay is not an end to Maritime Swansea's superb golden coast - but only the beginning! Follow the city sands and you are taken one at a time to the dozen golden bays of Gower, each bearing a unique charm. From the dramatic cliff tops of  3 mile broad Rhossili, to the unique limestone follies of Three Cliffs, every bay shares a common aspect - Swansea's golden seascape simply takes your breath away.

                            Rhossili Bay, Gower, Swansea, Wales   

                          Breathtaking Rhossili Bay on the outer reaches of Gower peninsular, Swansea

                          Swansea Bay Golden Gallery!Welsh Castle's Golden Gallery!The Golden Maritime Gallery!Golden Architectural Gallery!Golden Parklands Gallery!

                             Click a Welsh dragon for your choice of Golden Gallery!Click a Welsh dragon for your choice of Golden Gallery!

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