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You cannot visit Swansea without taking home a few memories. Although British seaside towns are traditionally associated with rather vulgar souvenirs, Swansea is quite different. Here’s our guide to some unusual, quirky and craftsman-made souvenirs of your time in Swansea – and surprisingly, not all are emblazoned with a great Welsh dragon, daffodil or leek!
Mumbles-based Dragon Crafts offer a good variety of locally inspired souvenirs. From quirky motivational signs to Welsh Dragon themed gifts, there is something for everyone in this cute little shop, including Welsh slate, candles, the famous Clogau Welsh gold jewellery, and handmade signs. There are also some lovely craftsman-made items which sit alongside the more commercial souvenirs.
Overlooking the stunning Rhossili Bay is The National Trust Gift Shop. Offering a variety of branded souvenirs as well as Welsh food and drink, books, postcards and local crafts, you can do your little bit to help look after the area through your purchase.
They may not last until you get home, but a pack or two of homemade Welsh Cakes from Jan Evans Bakery in Swansea Market is a really traditional treat. Originally round, and studded with currants, these little discs were cooked on a cast iron bakestone over an open fire before being scattered with sugar and served warm to teatime guests. Today they come in a huge variety of flavours and shapes, but the traditional ones are the best!
Wales and the woollen industry have gone hand-in-hnd for centuries. At Valley Mill you will find an excellent selection of Welsh woollen products including scarves and throws. One of West Wales’ best known woollen mills, Melin Tregwynt, weaves soft woollen fabric in a variety of colours and designs. In Wales, all the mills would have their own pattern from which their work can be identified. Although one of the more expensive souvenir options, a Welsh blanket will last a lifetime.
Your suitcase overly full? Not to worry, The Welsh Stall in Swansea Market offers a mail order service. Simply have your souvenirs sent home. Whether it be caps, costumes, mugs, miners lamps or flags, The Welsh Stall will provide, ensuring that all your Welsh memories are preserved for years to come. The Welsh Stall has been in the same family since the 19th century; back in the day, it sold Welsh flannel cloth which was used to make the traditional Welsh costumes.
For those shabby chic fans looking for a souvenir, Sunset Ocean Designs can provide ample choice. From quirky wooden and Welsh Slate signs, beautifully fragrant candles and all manner of gifts for the home, this boutique shop located in pretty Penclawdd on the Gower turns souvenir shopping into a delightful pastime.