Daily Life Tour in Swansea, Swansea (Self Guided)

Have you ever wondered what is it like to live in Swansea? Well, now’s your chance to find out. Start your morning with a hot cup of coffee, watch a good game of cricket or a musical show at Patti Pavilion and observe with enthusiasm how students at Swansea University are striving to build their future little by little. Though there’s much more to discover about life in Swansea, take this tour to begin your own “research“.
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Daily Life Tour in Swansea Map

Guide Name: Daily Life Tour in Swansea
Guide Location: Wales » Swansea (See other walking tours in Swansea)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: HelenF
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Chambers Café

1) Chambers Café

Newspaper, coffee and a soothing atmosphere - ingredients for the perfect beginning of the day at Chambers Café. The café was opened in 2006 and it is already a renowned, buzzing venue that is crowded, especially in the mornings. The café’s menu is filled with healthy options such as: juices, teas, homemade cakes, salads, hummus and even soups. It is a delight to spend your meal hours at Chambers Café.
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Brangwyn Hall

2) Brangwyn Hall

The Brangwyn Hall is a concert venue. It is named after the artist Frank Brangwyn, whose famous "panels", originally intended for the House of Lords, are displayed there.

The Brangwyn Hall is part of the Swansea Guildhall complex, and is used for awards ceremonies and social events as well as classical music concerts and rock concerts. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales frequently use this venue when performing in Swansea. Additionally, the BBC has filmed some scenes from the Doctor Who episodes "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead", as well as "The Big Bang".

The British Empire Panels were commissioned in 1924 as a means of commemorating the First World War. Brangwyn, who had worked as an official war artist, chose to create a "decorative painting representing various Dominions and parts of the British Empire", and five finished panels were displayed in 1930. The work was completed in 1932, but the House of Lords had already rejected it as too colourful and spirited.The town of Swansea was in the process of erecting its new Guildhall, which included a large assembly hall. The ceiling of this room was raised in order to show off the panels, and the building was inaugurated in 1934.

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Patti Pavilion

3) Patti Pavilion

The Patti Pavilion is a venue for the performing arts, located at Victoria Park to the south west of Swansea city centre. The theatre stages plays, pantomimes, musical shows and fairs.

The venue is named after Adelina Patti, the great 19th-century opera soprano. The building was originally sited in her winter garden at Craig-y-Nos estate. Patti donated the building to the City of Swansea in 1918 and it was relocated to Victoria Park. It is a Grade II listed building.

In 1994, it was given a superficial makeover by the BBC's Challenge Anneka. Already falling into disrepair, the building was further damaged by a suspected arson in 2006. The pavilion underwent a major £3m overhaul in 2009 after it became clear that it was not being utilised to its full potential. The project was funded by the City & County of Swansea and National Lottery Good Causes. (See news articles below.) Work began in late 2007 to extend the Patti Pavilion with a new glass covered wing housing an Indian restaurant, Patti Raj.

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St. Helen's Rugby and Cricket Ground

4) St. Helen's Rugby and Cricket Ground

St. Helen's Rugby and Cricket Ground is a spectator venue. It is owned and operated by the City and County of Swansea council and is also used to host the local annual Guy Fawkes night fireworks display.

Since the ground opened in 1873 it has been the home of the Swansea Rugby Football Club, and the Swansea Cricket club.

In 2005, the venue could hold an audience of 10,500 seated before it was re-developed. The famous east stand, which had provided cloisters over part of Oystermouth Road, has since been demolished and replaced with a metallic stand unloved by locals. The tallest flood light stand in Europe is in St. Helen's Ground. In late November 2007, the ground's perimeter wall in the South East corner, next to Mumbles Road and Gorse Lane, was knocked down and a new wall built further inside the ground, in similar style to the old wall. This was to accommodate a new car park with 39 spaces for the Patti Pavilion.

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St Gabriel's Church

5) St Gabriel's Church

St Gabriel's Church is one of the many churches of Swansea where the locals gather to pray for their beloved ones, for the forgiveness of their sins and for those who have left the mortal world. One can always come to the Mass; it takes place daily, except Tuesday and Thursday. At St Gabriel’s, everybody participates in the Mass.
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Singleton Park

6) Singleton Park (must see)

Singleton Park is the largest urban park. The park has hosted many entertainment and cultural events such as Party in the Park and Proms in the Park which were regular events by local stations The Wave & Swansea Sound and other music events held by the two stations and their partners are Escape into the Park and the former Stars in the Park.

A botanical garden is located in the centre of the park near the entrance to Swansea University. On the south-western corner, past the hospital and the university, there is a boating lake with pedal boats available. The lakeside pub, Inn on the Lake, became so well-known as The Pub On the Pond that the owner later gave in and changed the name.

The park was originally part of the Vivian family estate, which was purchased by Swansea County Borough Council in 1919 for use as a public park. The park superintendent Daniel Bliss, who was trained at Kew Gardens was responsible for the conception of the Singleton Farm botanical gardens and Ornamental Gardens. He was also the main driver behind the purchase of the Vivian estate.

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Swansea University

7) Swansea University

Swansea University was chartered as University College of Swansea in 1920, as the fourth college of the University of Wales. In 1996, it changed its name to the University of Wales Swansea following structural changes within the University of Wales. The new title of Swansea University was formally adopted on 1 September 2007 when the University of Wales became a non-membership confederal institution and the former members became universities in their own right.

It is the third largest university in Wales in terms of number of students. The university campus is located next to the coast at the north of Swansea Bay, east of the Gower Peninsula, in the grounds of Singleton Park, just outside Swansea city centre. Swansea was granted its own degree-awarding powers in 2005 in preparation for possible changes within the University of Wales.

Swansea and Cardiff University compete in an annual varsity match, known as the Welsh version of the Oxbridge event, which includes the Welsh Varsity rugby and The Welsh Boat Race.

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Walking Tours in Swansea, Wales

Create Your Own Walk in Swansea

Create Your Own Walk in Swansea

Creating your own self-guided walk in Swansea is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Dylan Thomas Trail

Dylan Thomas Trail

The Welsh poet and writer, Dylan Thomas, is known as one of Swansea’s most famous sons. He wrote exclusively in English. Dylan was born in Swansea, the city that inspired most of his work. Half of it was written by him while still living at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive in the Uplands. Take this tour to discover the world of this famous poet.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Places of Worship in Swansea

Places of Worship in Swansea

In Swansea there are a dozen worship places that will attract your interest; denominations are varied so you are welcome in any of these. Most of the churches are survivors of World War II and bear the weight of painful times for the Swansea community. Take this tour to enrich your mind with pure and beautiful thoughts.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Kids Entertainment Walking Tour in Swansea

Kids Entertainment Walking Tour in Swansea

The coastal city of Swansea is quite a welcoming place with numerous activities for your little adventurers. Amazing toy stores, theatres and hothouses with incredible wild life, are just a few must-see spots. Take this tour to tag along with your child, strengthen your family bonds and maybe even go back to being a child too.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Mumbles District in Swansea

Mumbles District in Swansea

Mumbles will fascinate you from the second you step on its land. This area’s history dates back thousands of years; there is evidence of 3000 year-old artifacts displayed at the Swansea Museum, such as flint axe-heads found on Mumbles Hill. Who knows, maybe you will be lucky enough to discover some relics while walking on the mysterious lands of Mumbles. Take this tour and visit the most...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Cultural Walking Tour in Swansea

Cultural Walking Tour in Swansea

Swansea, the birthplace of Dylan Thomas, is an animated city bursting with cultural values. All year round, festivals, concerts, performances, museums and galleries gather people from various places with a specific purpose to relax, listen, contemplate and criticize. Take this tour to feel the buzz of Swansea’s cultural activity.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Swansea, which will surprise you with its unpredictable landmarks, is home to astonishing architecture, monuments dedicated to victims of World War II and many other must-see venues. Take this tour and gaze at the Swansea sky, enjoy the scenery while relaxing on a bench at Castle Square and contemplate the beauty of Victorian architecture.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Swansea for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Swansea has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Swansea, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.