Places of Worship in Swansea, Swansea (Self Guided)

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.
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Places of Worship in Swansea Map

Guide Name: Places of Worship in Swansea
Guide Location: Wales » Swansea (See other walking tours in Swansea)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Author: HelenF
St Mary's Church

1) St Mary's Church

St Mary's Collegiate and Parish Church is an Anglican Church. There was a church on the site of St Mary's since circa 1328, erected by Henry de Gower, Bishop of Saint David's. One Sunday morning, in 1739, the roof of the nave collapsed into the church.

Fortunately this was before the waiting congregation entered the building. The whole structure was re-built apart from the tower. 1822 saw the church being lit by gas for the first time with thirty six lamps. The church underwent complete renovation between 1879 and 1882 by Vicar Dr Morgan. In 1896, the church was flattened and rebuilt again under the designs of Arthur Blomfield by Dean Allan Smith, though some parts of the old church survived the re-development. In Feb 1941 the Church was extensively damaged by Bombing during the Blitz It was not rebuilt until the 1950s.

From the 1890s the Swansea Devil stood on a set of buildings facing the west side of the church, constructed by a disgruntled rival of Blomfield's, angry at the commissioning of Blomfield's designs over his own.

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St. David's Roman Catholic Priory

2) St. David's Roman Catholic Priory

Known to be the oldest of its kind in Swansea, Saint David's Roman Catholic Priory was founded by father Charles Kavanagh in 1847. Since then, the church was extended but it was not quiet enough and people had to come from distant places to say their prayers. Thus a daughter church was built, St. Joseph’s church. St David’s became a Missionary Priory in 1873.
Christ Church

3) Christ Church

While walking along Oystermouth Road, you will stumble across a wonderful construction dating from the 19th century, which belongs to Christ Church. It began from the foundation of a school. At first there was Christ Church Infant School, but in 1863, the church was founded and it started its activity in a school room, later to become an independent parish, in 1871. Christ Church can easily be found, as it isn’t far from Swansea County Hall and Swansea prison.
Swansea Mosque & Islamic Community Centre

4) Swansea Mosque & Islamic Community Centre

Swansea Mosque is located in two former terraced commercial buildings on St. Helen's Road, serving the Muslim community in Swansea since the 1980s.

The New Mosque building was originally founded in 1862 as St. Andrew's Church. Built in 1864 by Scottish immigrants working in the drapery trade, St. Andrew's was at that time Swansea's only Presbyterian Church.

Designed by Mr John Dickson, the iconic façade with its decorative twin towers gives the building a towering perspective and beautifully set off the skyline surrounding St. Helen's Road. St. Andrew's later became a United Reformed Church before falling into dereliction. After fire damage in 1964, the rear hall was redesigned and rebuilt.

In 2004 following the merger of the charity with the Mosque, the current restoration and renovation plans commenced. When opened as Swansea's new Mosque this beautiful landmark building will once again be utilised for the worship of God, and its community centre welcome to all local residents.

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St James' Church

5) St James' Church

St James’ Church is a welcoming family that tries its best to connect Swansea’s community with the teachings of God and guide it towards happiness through God. St James’ Church performs baptisms and marriages, both sacred processes which involve intense devotion to God. All the religious ceremonies are held within church walls; the structure dates back to the 19th century, but its wonderful stained glass windows had to be replaced over time.
St Jude's Church

6) St Jude's Church

St Jude’s Church’s foundation stone was laid in 1913. Its architect Colonel Bruce Vaughan approached a 13th - 14th century style, known as Decorated style. The day the church was opened (June 8, 1915) a dedication ceremony was held. It lasted about a week, with daily services conducted by various clergy. Today, the church gathers locals, not only for Holy Communions, where they are united by their love for God and Christian faith.
St Joseph's Cathedral

7) St Joseph's Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of Saint Joseph also known as St Joseph's Cathedral or Swansea Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral. It is the seat of the Bishop of Menevia and mother church of the Diocese of Menevia. The cathedral is located in the Greenhill area of Swansea.

The idea of building the cathedral was conceived by Father Wulstan Richards, OSB who came to Greenhill in 1875. It was designed by Peter Paul Pugin and took two years to build at a cost of £10,000. The building was originally opened in 25 November 1888 while still under construction. It is a Grade II listed building. Originally built as a church, it was converted to a cathedral in 1987 for the redefined Diocese of Menevia.

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Hafod Baptist Church

8) Hafod Baptist Church

Hafod Baptist Church is a religious venue where you will be greeted in a friendly way with a cup of tea or coffee and tasty biscuits. At the church’s meeting, questions about life and how faith influences our life are discussed, bringing us happiness and peace. The church strives to deliver God’s message to children through games and other educational activities.

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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.