Mumbles District in Swansea, 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 prominent venues of Mumbles.
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Mumbles District in Swansea Map

Guide Name: Mumbles District in Swansea
Guide Location: Wales » Swansea (See other walking tours in Swansea)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Author: HelenF
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Oyster Gallery

1) Oyster Gallery

Every trip “gives life” to many pleasant memories, which one would want to keep. The best way to do it is to purchase a memento. At Oyster Gallery you are given the chance to bring the ocean breeze back to your home. This amazing emporium is a popular art gallery, framing specialist and a gift shop. It boasts genuine works by local artists such as Sue Davis, Annabel Dann and Clive Jenkins, to name just a few. And of course you will not be able to take your eyes off the marine home accessories; these will surely remind you of Mumbles and of wonderful Swansea Bay.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm
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Oystermouth Castle

2) Oystermouth Castle (must see)

Oystermouth Castle (Castell Ystum Llwynarth) is a Norman stone castle, overlooking Swansea Bay on the east side of the Gower Peninsula near the village of the Mumbles.

The first castle was founded by William de Londres of Ogmore Castle soon after 1106 following the capture of Gower by the Normans.

In 1220 John de Braose rebuilt Oystermouth Castle.

The de Braose dynasty could afford to rebuild it in stone. A high curtain wall was built, internal buildings added, a chapel, basements,three storey residential buildings with fireplaces and garderobes on each floor.

After the Middle Ages, the castle gradually fell into ruin. It was restored by George Grant Francis in the 1840s while the castle was owned by the then Duke of Beaufort.

Remnants of an ornate medieval painting dating back to the 14th century have recently been found in the chapel.The surviving painting is thought to be over 700 years old. It's thought the painting is both highly important and testimony to the original design of the chapel attributed to Alina de Breos.

Following the first phase of conservation works, Oystermouth Castle reopened to the public in mid July 2011.The scheme includes new visitor facilities, an educational space and a 30-foot high glass viewing platform and bridge that leads to Alina's Chapel. The chapel marks the attraction's highest architectural point and features a tracery window with views over Swansea Bay.

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm

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Mumbles Methodist Church

3) Mumbles Methodist Church

Mumbles Methodist Church is a multifunctional venue. It comprises a coffee shop, tourist information centre, meeting rooms and of course a special area for worship. The community has a special interest in the church’s building, because it is a Grade II listed building, so it needed refurbishment that would retain the original touch of its founder. The church witnessed countless couples joining in union and there will be many more to come. The church’s role in the Mumbles’ community life is incontestable.
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All Saints Church

4) All Saints Church

All Saints Church is one of the two churches belonging to the Parish of Oystermouth. It is said that the church has been a worship place for at least a thousand years. The church boasts gifts which were presented to it during the 20th century, such as the Rood Screen, East Window and the painful Lifeboat Memorial Window. The last one is like a mirror of the well known lifeboat disaster, which happened in 1947, when an entire crew of eight people was lost. The church welcomes believers and it is seen as a lively home for all Christians.
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Mumbles Hill Nature Reserve

5) Mumbles Hill Nature Reserve

If you enjoy walking, the Mumbles Hill Nature Reserve will suit you best. Charge your “batteries” and let the trip begin! You will get to see the best views Swansea has to offer if you just follow the secret paths skillfully “drawn” by curious fellows just like you. Contemplate Mumbles plant life, observe wild habitants such as foxes, shrews, voles, birds like the green woodpecker and the jay and discover remnants from World War II. All of these are part of one package you won’t be able to resist.
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Mumbles Pier & Lifeboat Museum

6) Mumbles Pier & Lifeboat Museum

Mumbles Pier is a 225 meters long tribute to Victorian architecture. It was built in 1898, and then closed and reopened due to some extremely necessary refurbishment measures: the renewal of the steel around the entrance, in 1987. Next to the pier, you can pop into the Mumbles Lifeboat Museum. Here you will find historical records of lifeboat in Mumbles and real equipment used by several crews in the past. Today, at the pier, you can enjoy an ice-cream, be mesmerized by the views of the bay and have fun at the amusement arcades, which are in operation since 1937.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 1 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 12 pm
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The Big Apple

7) The Big Apple

The Big Apple is an important landmark for locals in Mumbles, though not just for locals. It seems that the Mumbles Apple is the last remaining apple kiosk from the whole series created in the 1930s. The building and distribution of the series in seaside towns was meant to serve as publicity for some apple-flavoured soft drink. Today, the Big Apple sells snacks and seaside essentials.
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Mumbles Lighthouse

8) Mumbles Lighthouse

Mumbles Lighthouse (completed in 1794) is a lighthouse, which sits on the outer of two islands off Mumbles Head, is clearly visible from any point along the five mile sweep of Swansea Bay. Along with the nearby lifeboat station, it is the most photographed landmark in the village.

The tower has two tiers and initially two open coal fire lights were displayed. These open coal fire lights were difficult to maintain and were soon replaced by a single oil powered light within a cast iron lantern.

In 1860, the oil powered light was upgraded to a dioptric light and the fort that surrounds the tower was built by the War Department. In 1905, an occulting mechanism, where the light was made to flash, was fitted. This was partially automated in 1934. By 1977, the cast iron lantern had deteriorated beyond repair and was removed. A different lantern was added in 1987. In 1995, the main light was replaced and an array of solar panels and emergency monitoring equipment were added.

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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.
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
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 to begin your own “research“.

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