Swansea is a city full of culture to discover but just as remarkable is the amount of beauty on its doorstep – here are the most stunning spots.
Perched on the edge of the valley of the Pennard Pill, this high up castle offers sweeping views of the beaches below.
The Gower Peninsula was the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and it still warrants the label. Visit for breath-taking sights of wild moors, limestone cliffs and golden, sandy beaches. This includes the wild and rugged Three Cliffs Bay – a spectacular sandy shoreline complete with marshes and three limestone cliffs, hence the name. This is the stunning place which inspired so much beauty in Dylan Thomas’ writing.
Singleton Park is the largest urban park in Swansea. It comprises 250 acres of flower-filled land, where you’ll find green houses housing tropical plants and a new wild flower walk. Then there is a lake, woodland walks and the seafront meeting you at the bottom.
Penllergare Valley Woods
Penllergare used to be the estate of John Dillwyn Llewelyn. Now, this beautiful place is open to the public and has a number of walks, plenty of views, gardens, a fish pond, an observatory, bluebell woods (depending on the time of year), lakes and rivers.
Whiteford National Nature Reserve
Whiteford National Nature Reserve includes an expanse of sandy beach, a collection of sand dunes teeming with wildlife and a forest. Starting from the cliffs of Broughton Bay and facing the Whiteford Lighthouse out to sea, it is an incredibly peaceful spot. The reserve’s mudflats, sands and salt marshes make it home to wildfowl and wading birds at certain times of the year.