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Holidays in Mumbles

A traditional seaside resort and gateway to the Gower Peninsula

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The jutting headland by The Mumbles

Overlooking Swansea Bay from its position behind a sheltering headland is The Mumbles peeping out to sea over an ancient submerged fossilised forest. The ruins of Oystermouth Castle look down over the town. Be sure to explore the traditional Victorian pier to walk, and Bracelet Bay and Limeslade Bay for rock pooling. There’s lots of different aspects to enjoy at this lovely Wales destination.

Of the 600 castles in Wales, Oystermouth, enjoys the best views. The castle has undergone major conservation work on the structure making it a safe place to explore for years to come. There’s a medieval maze in the bowels of the castle with secret staircases to investigate. You can also enjoy said views from a 30ft high glass bridge during your visit.

Mumbles Pier

The Mumbles has a lovely sea promenade and pier with views across Swansea Bay to Port Talbot. The pier has been restored recently so it can continue to enjoy being one of the highlights of any family holiday in Swansea Bay. The pier hosts many events and attracts throngs of people of all ages, whether they come to play the arcade games, enjoy a stroll along the deck, eat some doughnuts or sample some locally made ice cream. The Pier is also home to a great bowling alley, and a state of the art 6D simulation ride. If that’s too active for you, why not find relaxation with a traditional afternoon tea in the Victorian-style Beach Hut Café?

Another local landmark is the Mumbles Lighthouse built in 1974. If you appreciate postcard views of this attractive edifice, stop in at Limeslade and Bracelet Bay, where there are photo opportunities to make the most of. At low tide you can walk out to the promontory to see the tower up close. The beacon has saved many seamen’s lives over the decades.

Walkers rejoice, as The Mumbles is often referred to as the gateway to the Gower Peninsula, which has trails galore. Mumbles Hill Nature Reserve has a nice 2.5 mile circuit to tackle and it’s close to town too, with uninterrupted views over Swansea Bay and the Lighthouse. There are also WWII archaeological sites to learn about.

“The Mumbles Pier has something for everybody looking for a great day out at the seaside…”

For major retail therapy and city nights out take a trip out in Swansea. The number of good restaurants and pubs is staggering. There are also lots of nightclubs and cinemas to choose from. It’s a big city to enjoy by day and night as a contrast to the more relaxing climes of The Mumbles.

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While you’re there

Oystermouth Castle

Climb up to the ruins of Oystermouth Castle and take in the amazing views of Swansea Bay.

The Lovespoon Gallery

A collection of traditional lovespoons, a fine gift for all occasions. The gallery showcases and carves original designs for customers from all around the world.

Rhossili Bay

A pleasant beach at the west end of the Gower Peninsula - a great spot for a picnic.

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