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Swansea is located on the southern coast of Wales, sitting on the picturesque Gower Peninsula. Swansea has many charms: old parts and charming corners in the city centre, elegant and spacious suburbs, nice marina and a large seafront that overlooks Swansea Bay. Across the city there are many great museums, including the very attractive National Waterfront Museum. Although many historic and cultural buildings were destroyed in the World War II, you will still find many medieval castles in the center of Swansea.
There are lots of things to see, including ancient spots such as Arthur`s Stone, the medieval castles Oystermouth Castle and Swansea castle, as well as Victorian buildings like Mumbles Pier or Guildhall. Those seeking active holidays will also like Swansea, as you have numerous options for boating trips or water sports such as surfing, waterskiing or kayaking. Literary lovers will enjoy the popular Dylan Thomas Centre, while kids will love the Discovery Centre, riding the children`s train Swansea Bay Rider, or going on tour in the Michton Chocolate Factory.
Swansea`s climate is mild and wet. Average winter temperatures are around 6 C, while average summer temperatures are around 20 C. Main tourist season is between June and September when the days are longest and warmest. Those looking to go hiking or walking along the cliff paths should consider visiting in October or November, when the weather is chillier and without too many tourists.
Start your tour in Swansea by seeing the ruins of Swansea Castle in the hearth of the city, dating from the 13th century. This is also a nice place for making souvenir photos of Swansea. Oystermouth Castle from the 12th century is another historic structure to visit, and its battlements offer some great views on Swansea Bay. Arthur`s Stone is a Neolithic chamber dating several thousand years ago, while the Mumbles Pier from the 19th century also offer amazing views over Swansea Bay. On the Wind Street you will find some very attractive buildings built with Victorian and Georgian architecture. The Dylan Thomas Centre has a distinct Doric architecture and in the area around it you will see many buildings in Edwardian and Victorian style.
Those that want to relax should visit Swansea Beach which is less than five minutes walk from Swansea city centre. It stretches for over five kilometers and is a nice place for relaxing. The former tiny fishing village of Mumbles is another nice place to visit nearby. It has many charming quaint streets, nice shops and restaurants, as well as a castle dating from the 12th century. Mumbles promenade offers fantastic panoramic views on Swansea Bay. Explore the Gower Peninsula and you will find numerous sandy beaches, lush scenery and hidden coves. Maritime Quarter is another popular area of Swansea with three marinas sitting in front of many restaurants, bars, hotels and museums.
When it comes to events there are numerous festivals going on in Swansea, and one of the most popular is the Swansea Festival of Music and Arts held in October each year. It lasts for two weeks and is one of the biggest festivals of such kind in the United Kingdom.