Swansea Castle

Swansea (Abertawe)

Only a small pocket of the central city around Wind St and Castle Sq escaped the WWII bombing raids and retains a remnant of Georgian and Victorian Swansea, along with the ruins of this 14th-century castle (closed to the public). Mostly destroyed by Cromwell in 1647, it had a brief renaissance as a Victorian prison, and later as the site of the offices of the South Wales Daily Post when Dylan Thomas worked for the paper, in the 1930s.

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Nearby Swansea (Abertawe) attractions

1. Plantasia

0.16 MILES

The name may conjure up images of Disney's hippos in tutus, but it's smaller critters that feature in this glass pyramid, parked between the depressingly…

2. Swansea Museum

0.22 MILES

Dylan Thomas referred to this august institution as 'the museum which should have been in a museum'. Founded in 1834, it remains charmingly low-tech, from…

3. Dylan Thomas Centre

0.24 MILES

Housed in the former guildhall, this unassuming museum contains absorbing displays on the Swansea-born poet's life and work. It pulls no punches in…

4. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

0.27 MILES

The seemingly never-ending refurbishment of Swansea's main art gallery was still in progress when we last visited. By the time you read this, the elegant…

5. National Waterfront Museum

0.29 MILES

Housed in a 1901 dockside warehouse with a striking glass and slate extension, this museum's 15 hands-on galleries explore Wales' commercial maritime…

6. Dylan Thomas Birthplace

1.03 MILES

The bad boy of Welsh poetry was born in this unassuming Uplands house and it's here that he wrote two-thirds of his poetry. The house has been lovingly…

7. Egypt Centre

1.77 MILES

Swansea University's collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, some 5000 artefacts donated by various British institutions and collectors, includes a…

8. Clyne Gardens

2.94 MILES

Spanning 20 hectares, these magnificent gardens are particularly impressive in spring, when the azaleas and rhododendrons are at their most spectacular…