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Destination guide

Swansea – Wales' scintillating city by the sea

The identity of Wales' 2nd-largest city has shifted dramatically over the centuries, from quaint market town, to thriving industrial centre, to cosmopolitan tourist resort. Today, it enjoys a reputation as one of the UK's friendliest and most laid-back coastal destinations. Its centre is a fun mish-mash of eclectic architectural styles, with crumbling ancient landmarks standing side-by-side with sleek modern shopping centres. Meanwhile, the surrounding countryside encompasses blissful sandy beaches, pristine parks, dramatic cliffs and historic forests. Swansea holiday rentals range from cosy urban apartments to sprawling seafront houses, so you're sure to find one that suits your needs.

Things to do

Swansea's crumbling castles and historic homes

You'll find an eclectic array of attractions within easy reach of your Swansea holiday rental. The state-of-the-art National Waterfront Museum celebrates innovation and industry in Wales, from the Industrial Revolution to the present day, through immersive, interactive exhibits. Best of all, admission is free. Lovers of literature will want to set aside time to poke around the Dylan Thomas Birthplace and Family Home. Here, you can see how Wales' best-loved poet went about his everyday life. For an enthralling trip back in time, head to Oystermouth Castle, a stunningly preserved Norman stone castle constructed in the 12th century.

Activities

Working up a sweat in Swansea

Swansea is a haven for outdoor pursuits enthusiasts of all persuasions. The glistening waters of Swansea Bay may be a little too fresh for swimming at certain points of the year, but they offer ideal conditions for thrilling pursuits like surfing, jet skiing and power boating. If you'd rather keep things gentle, the ruggedly beautiful shoreline simply begs to be explored by kayak, sail boat or stand-up paddle board. Those who prefer to stay on dry land are similarly spoilt for choice. You could challenge the kids to a round of mini golf, or jump on a horse and head off in search of breathtaking coastal views.

Weather

Sunny summers in Swansea

Swansea holiday rentals are highly sought-after throughout the summer season of June to August, when the local weather is typically pleasantly warm, with plenty of sunshine and blue skies to look forward to. However, this being Wales, summer showers are also a common occurrence, so be sure to pack your umbrella. Spring and autumn tend to be agreeably mild, and are great times to visit if you're keen to avoid the peak season crowds. Winters are generally chilly rather than fiercely cold, and invariably rather rainy.

Natural features

Swansea's abundant natural wonders

Swansea is perched on the impressive Gower Peninsula, the UK's first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Opportunities for spectacular scenic hikes are practically limitless, and the peninsula is home to an enthralling diversity of flora and fauna. Perhaps the most famous residents are the adorable wild ponies that live on the Gower commons, but the region is also a birdwatching hotspot, with everything from buzzards to guillemots making their home here. Anglers are equally well served, with the surrounding waters teeming with bass, cod, mackerel and other prized catches.

How to get there

Transport to and around Swansea

Fly into Swansea (SWS), the closest airport, located 5.6 mi (8.9 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Cardiff (CWL-Cardiff Intl.), which is 30.1 mi (48.4 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Swansea Station, Llansamlet Station and Gowerton Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How many holiday rentals are available around Swansea?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,143 holiday lettings around Swansea. From 178 flats & apartments to 36 chalets, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Swansea?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Swansea. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Oxwich Bay Beach: 863 holiday lettings
  • Three Cliffs Bay Beach: 918 holiday lettings
  • Port Eynon Beach: 830 holiday lettings
  • Caswell Bay Beach: 944 holiday lettings
  • Rhossili Beach: 1,055 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Swansea listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in Swansea?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 178 Flats in Swansea. Our other popular types of Swansea holiday rentals include:

  • Chalets: 36 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 325 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 325 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Houses and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Swansea?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 24 holiday homes with pool available in Swansea. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.