How to spend three days in Swansea

We recently worked alongside the wonderful people over at Visit Swansea Bay – they sent us to stay in Wales for three days and we had a brilliant time. We wanted to share with you exactly what we got up to and how you can spend three days making the most out of a beautiful part of South Wales!

Where to stay

We stayed in the 4* Dragon Hotel set in the heart of Swansea. The hotel leisure club features an 18-metre indoor swimming pool, male and female saunas, a state-of-the-art gymnasium with plasma screen TVs and a beauty treatment room. The location here was perfect – situated in Swansea town and incredibly close to Mumbles and Gower (where we spent most of our time). The hotel was clean, family friendly and hosted a brilliant buffet breakfast every morning. We loved the mini cinnamon swirls and full english – what more could you want to start your day?!

Day one

Mumbles 

Mumbles is a beautiful little seaside village. It’s incredibly cosy but with a little cosmopolitan feel to it! We spent the first part of our first day wandering around the village and taking in its local character and charm. We walked along the pier and loved it – it’s small compared to many but has a gorgeous Victorian feel to it. We ate a lot of ice-cream here as it has arguably the world’s best ice-cream! It was definitely the best we’ve had in the UK. We visited the Lovespoon Gallery and the Gower Gallery which has lots of stunning paintings, ceramics and sculptures.

Bistrot Pierre

We then headed straight to lunch at the recently opened, two floor restaurant called Bistrot Pierre. It was absolutely delicious. Definitely one of my favourite places I’ve ever eaten lunch. It had a lovely cosy feel to it (it helped that it had started to rain outside) and floor to ceiling windows with stunning French styled interiors. We sat right next to the window and had a gorgeous view of the beach. The food was delicious – pudding was my favourite – and the staff were incredibly welcoming and friendly.

“Open seven-days-a-week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner we have something for everyone, from the two-course prix-fixe lunch for £11.95 and a two-course pre-theatre menu for £14.95 to the sumptuous a la carte menu, and for those with little time we also offer a one-course lunch menu for just £9.95.”

Oystermouth Castle 

We then headed a 7 minute walk over to Oystermouth Castle sitting majestically on the hills in Mumbles. We were shown around by a lovely gentleman called Roger. He knew an awful lot about the castle and talked us through all the interesting facts and histories behind each room. He works a few times a month and we really recommend asking for a tour to make the most out of your visit to the castle. Over recent years the castle has undergone conservation work to ensure it’s safe and sustainable for the public to explore. It’s incredibly interesting to wander around all the stairwells, head into the dungeons, spot the toilets, old graffiti and see the beautiful views from the top. This was definitely one of our favourite parts of our trip.

Opening Times
Open daily, Saturday 1 April – Saturday 30 September 2017, 11am – 5pm

Admission
£3.50 standard, £2.50 concessions and £2 PTL
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £9.50
Children under 5 go free

Grape and Olive

We then headed back to the hotel before setting back out again for Dinner. We went to The Grape and Olive and thoroughly enjoyed our experience there. It’s situated at the top of Wales tallest building and the views are amazing. We had a lovely dinner whilst people watching from above. The meal was delicious and the staff were friendly and loved talking to Daisy. The whole restaurant and bar in general has a very relaxed and cosy vibe. It was a little dark and muggy outside (lovely UK summer!) but we can imagine the view on a nice sunny day when the sun is just about to set.

“We have a comprehensive wine list, which we have carefully put together, to perfectly compliment our menu. Our wine list is globally sourced and caters for everyone from the cautious wine drinker, to the more adventurous sorts!”

Day Two

The Gower Heritage Centre 

The Gower Heritage Centre is a rural museum and attraction set around a water mill from the 12th Century. We love this kind of thing as we love reading and experiencing how life used to be. This attraction was also perfect for children and Daisy had lots of fun! There was a bouncy castle, children’s story telling time, tea rooms, craft workshops, puppet shows, children’s play areas, animals and so much more. There’s also lots of little tours throughout the day along with duck racing and animal feeding. The whole centre has a really lovely medieval feel to it with people wandering around dressed up and lots of little old board games dotted around. We had lunch in the tearooms and really enjoyed their menu as it had a wide variety of food to pick from – plus they gave us huge portions which is always a good thing for me!

Rhossili Bay 

We then headed to Rhossili bay. The beach is situated in Gower and has 3 miles of beautiful sandy shore. I’ve also heard that if you look closely out to shore you might be able to spot some basking seals or dolphins playing in the waves! Amazing. We had a little paddle in the water and forgot about the chilly wind for a while. I love how the beach is almost in a little cove – it feels cosy and secluded which makes it more special. After a little walk we headed to a local shops to get some of ‘Joe’s Ice-cream’ as we’ve only heard good things about it! It was THE best ice-cream I’ve had in UK. We decided after ice cream it was obviously a good time to go for dinner (totally makes sense, right?) and so we headed to the Worm’s Head Hotel – Helvetia restaurant – for something to eat. It was delicious food with a beautiful view. If you’re ever in the area – Rhossili Beach is an absolute must.

This beautiful coastline has been voted Wales best beach in 2017 by Trip Advisor. It’s also been voted one of the UK’s Top 10 Beaches for five years running in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards – what more do I need to say to assure you how beautiful it is? See my full post on Rhossili Bay here.

Day Three

Swansea Bay Leisure Centre / HC  

After getting  breakfast from the hotel we then headed over to Swansea Bay leisure Centre. Daisy loves swimming and so we was super excited to take her – we’d heard only good things about this centre! The swimming centre was absolutely huge and Daisy was in her element. We started in the wave pool and Daisy’s had a huge smile on her face the entire time which really made the trip for me. She’s always been a bit of a water baby and as soon as she’s near water it’s almost as though she turns into a mermaid. I love it! The inside water park has lots of different slides, water rapids, a children’s splash play area and so much more.

We then headed to the soft play area. I’m not a fan of soft play but this one was brilliant. We had so much fun and it was huge! I think I had more fun considering Andrew went and played with Daisy for 90% of the time whilst I sat with a coffee browsing Instagram. Daisy really didn’t want to leave but when we did manage to hit the exit she was absolutely knackered after a fun packed morning and fell asleep in the car. We then headed to 360 for a spot of lunch. This was a really cute little cafe sat by the side of Swansea Bay beach – it was rainy and cold but we sat inside and had a lovely spot of lunch. It felt really cosy and the food was delicious!

If you’re looking at a little staycation within the UK this year then hop on over to Wales because Swansea Bay is beautiful! Mumbles and Gower are two places we really would like to head back to at some point – especially Gower because of the beautiful Rhossili beach.

*A HUGE thanks to Visit Swansea Bay for organising this trip for us. We received complimentary accommodation and meals but all words and opinions are 100% honest! We loved Swansea! 

13 Comments

  • Sue Panda says:

    WE came on holiday here 8 years ago. We’ve been living here for the last 7. It’s awesome

  • Andy Lucas says:

    For a true flavour of Swansea, make sure you watch the film “Twin Town” before visiting.

  • M says:

    The best ice cream you’ve had in England? In Swansea, Wales…

    • dearlittledaisy says:

      Thanks ‘M’. Complete typo – all sorted now.

  • Melissa Jones says:

    I love Swansea Bay! I visited last year with the tourism board and it was hands down one of my favourite places that I visited that whole year. Oystermouth castle and the coastal walks were my favourite, your photos are incredible of the castle and beach btw! We didn’t get chance to go to Bistrot Pierre but I’d love to do that next time. Our water sports got cancelled due to weather but I would love to go back and try that too. There is so much to do there, so glad you had fun!

  • Heather says:

    Swansea looks like the perfect place to spend a long weekend. The view of the town from the top of the hill is postcard perfect. I’d love to explore Oystermouth Castle and then conclude the day having dinner with a view at Grape and Olive. Thanks for putting Swansea on my radar, I won’t hesitate to make it a point to visit while in Wales.

  • Paige W says:

    Swansea looks absolutely darling. I’m heading to Wales next year and this would be a very nice and relaxing stop. Oystermouth Castle is absolutely stunning. I’m glad that it’s been undergoing conservation and I love that they let you explore so much of it! I’d be down for a dungeon visit! I’d also love to visit the heritage center – that’s always right up my alley.

  • RaW | Ramble and Wander says:

    I’ve been to Swansea once for the university open day when I was still trying to decide which university to attend for my first degree. The university hostel that I stayed at during the visit was actually an old castle! Totally fell in love with the city and Swansea Bay. The view is just amazing! I would have been only too happy to go and study there for 3 years but the course that I was considering of doing at the time was pretty new at the university I ended up going to Edinburgh instead – another of my favourite city in the UK 🙂 Having said that, I’d love to go and visit Swansea again one day and spend a bit longer this time around.

  • Karla says:

    I love this town. It looks so relaxing and a lot of time for family bonding.

  • sherianne says:

    Oh my Gosh, what a great little town! I have been talking about Wales with a friend and am pinning this for the trip!

  • Anna @ shenANNAgans says:

    Is it bad that I would eat all my meals at Bistrot Pierre (wait…. Gower Heritage Centre give huge servings – Haha!) Far out the food looks incredible, and the price is very reasonable, it’d be 3 or 4 times more expensive in Australia. Was that a slow cooked beef stew of sorts? And pudding when its raining outside is always going to be a winner.

    Seems I need to get my butt to Swansea stat, a lovely little nook of the globe.

  • Anna Faustino says:

    This looks awesome! Love your photos. My partner is from Cardiff and so we spent some time here when we were back home visiting family. Although it was nowhere near as sunny and beautiful as when you went!

  • Vanessa says:

    Oh my goodness this just radiates calm and relaxation – I can just see myself wandering the streets and finding a cozy nook to do some writing. And all that food! I had no idea it was such a dessert mecca.

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