Kids Entertainment Walking Tour in Swansea, Swansea (Self Guided)

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.
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Guide Name: Kids Entertainment Walking Tour in Swansea
Guide Location: Wales » Swansea (See other walking tours in Swansea)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: HelenF

1) Plantasia (must see)

The Plantasia is a large public hothouse located in the Parc Tawe retail park. It exhibits a wide range of tropical plants and insects. It opened in 1990.

The glasshouse contains three climate zones: Tropical with a rainforest, Arid and a seasonal Humid Butterfly House. The collection includes over 5,000 plants, many of which are extinct from their natural habitat. Plant types include bananas, coconuts, giant bamboo, Paw paw and collections of ferns and cacti.

Along with the plants, there is supporting insect life including ants, fish and reptiles. In the butterfly house, butterflies can be seen flying freely and viewed at various stages of development.

Plantasia has been used as a filming location for Doctor Who episodes "The Doctor's Daughter" and "Cold Blood".

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

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Odeon Kids

2) Odeon Kids

Every Saturday and Sunday, fill your morning cup with energy and take your children to Odeon Kids! Only at this very cinema, screenings are especially selected for children. The price? Well, pocket money should be enough, because at Odeon, one child ticket gets you an extra adult ticket for free!
Swansea Castle

3) Swansea Castle (must see)

Swansea Castle was founded by Henry de Beaumont in 1106 as the caput of the lordship of Gower.

The original castle seems to have been a sub-rectangular/oval enclosure overlooking the River Tawe on the east, surrounded on the north, west and south sides by a larger sub-rectangular outer bailey.

After various unsuccessful attacks the castle fell in 1217 but was restored to the English in 1220 as part of the settlement between Llywelyn ap Iorwerth and Henry III of England. Immediately after this the inner castle was probably walled in stone with at least one tower.

Later in the 13th century the large outer bailey was also walled. The only visible remains are two sides of a rectangular "new castle" built in the South East corner of the outer bailey in the late 13th or early 14th century.

In the 18th and 19th centuries parts of the castle were variously used as a market, a town hall, a drill hall and a prison.

Part of the interior of the new castle was demolished early in the 20th century in the construction of a newspaper office. The remains have now been consolidated and opened up to view from the street.

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Game Workshop

4) Game Workshop

Game Workshop is quite a unique shop; it gathers children and adults, but mostly boys who have the same hobby, which is collecting models of soldiers. The shop sells figures, hobby books, paint sets, tools and brushes, so that one can actually create his own army, paint the miniatures and modify them. You can come and paint some models right in the shop, where all of your questions will be answered by the helpful and friendly staff.

Operation hours: Wednesday,Friday: 12 am - 6 pm; Thursday: 12 pm - 8 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday: 10 am- 4 pm.
Swansea Leisure Center

5) Swansea Leisure Center (must see)

Originally Swansea Leisure Centre, the rebranded facility re-opened to the public on 1 March 2008. Its location, size and heritage all define its status as one of the most immediately identifiable buildings in Swansea. Opened by the Queen during her silver jubilee celebrations in 1977, the original Swansea Leisure Centre featured modern and groundbreaking facilities, such as the first wave machine to be installed in a leisure centre in Wales. It became one of Wales' top leisure facilities and a substantial tourist attraction.

At its peak it attracted more than 800,000 users annually. Swansea Leisure Centre closed in 2003 which resulted in the loss of a major wet weather visitor attraction and a major facility in which families and people of all ages could enjoy a range of recreational activities. Following a review of the options, the Council decided that the refurbishment of the Leisure Centre was the most effective option and works soon progressed in developing the former site into a 21st Century leisure complex.

The centre was officially reopened by Queen Elizabeth II on 7 March 2008. This was the second time The Queen had officially opened the building, the first time being more than 30 years ago when it was known as Swansea Leisure Centre.

Operating hours: Monday, Tuesday: 4 pm – 8 pm; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 4 pm - 9 pm; Saturday, Sunday: 9 am – 8 pm;

School and Bank Holidays: Monday – Sunday: 9 am – 8 pm

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National Waterfront Museum

6) National Waterfront Museum (must see)

The National Waterfront Museum or NWMS is a museum forming part of the National Museum Wales. It is an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage.

Consisting of a major new slate and glass building integrated with an existing Grade II listed warehouse (formerly the Swansea Industrial and Maritime Museum), the new museum deals with Wales' history of industrial revolution and innovation by combining significant historical artifacts with modern technologies, such as interactive touchscreens and multimedia presentation systems. Building and exhibition design was carried out by Wilkinson Eyre and Land Design Studio respectively, and Davis Langdon was project manager for the construction.

Much effort has been put into accessibility for the new museum, and is one of the first museums in the United Kingdom to feature multilingual voiceovers, as well as British Sign Language captioning on all interactive content.

The museum, which secured funding from the Welsh Development Agency and the Heritage Lottery Fund (among others) was opened in October 2005.

The collections on display include maritime, transport, technology and retail artefacts.

Operation hours: Monday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

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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.
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
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
Daily Life Tour in Swansea

Daily Life Tour in Swansea

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 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
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
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

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.