Discover Swansea with megabus
Swansea: top 3 things to do
1. Try watersports on Swansea Bay beach
This part of South Wales has plenty of beaches, but the most convenient of the lot is Swansea Bay beach. It’s just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, and boasts a whopping five miles of golden sand. There’s a watersports centre here, if you fancy trying your hand at kayaking, kite-surfing or stand-up paddle boarding.
2. Tour Dylan Thomas’s birthplace
You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone in Swansea who hasn’t heard of Dylan Thomas. The author and poet was born and raised in the city, and his legacy lives on in his former house. Join a guided tour and you can check out his old bedroom, which has barely changed in 80 years. Getting here is easy – the house is about a 10-minute bus journey from the city centre.
3. Catch a bus to Mumbles
A half-hour bus ride from Swansea, the seaside town of Mumbles is a must-do. Not only is it the gateway to the Gower Peninsula, it’s also a lovely town in its own right. Walk along the beach with an ice-cream, try your luck in the arcade on Mumbles Pier, and browse the fancy boutiques on Newton Road.
Swansea: getting around
Catching a coach to Swansea is quick and convenient. Plus, with megabus, you’ll get all the added extras you need. Enjoy free WiFi, power sockets and a 20kg luggage allowance.
Your bus to Swansea will drop you off in the heart of the city, so you don’t have to waste any time. Swansea is a really walkable city, and you can reach a lot of the main attractions on foot. If you’d rather catch a local bus, you can plan your route using Traveline.
When you want to venture a bit further afield, the Gower Peninsula is within easy reach. You can take a bus from Swansea city centre to the seaside town of Mumbles in about half an hour.
Swansea: best for nightlife
Swansea’s nightlife is some of the best in Wales. You’ll find most of the action on Wind Street – pronounced ‘Wine Street’ – which leads up to Swansea Castle. Here, bars and nightclubs keep the party going into the early hours.
For a more chilled-out evening, you have plenty of traditional Welsh pubs to choose from. Lots of them serve up local craft beer from the nearby Gower Peninsula. If you dare, try an Oystermouth Stout, which is made from oysters from the seaside town of Mumbles.
Swansea: best for shopping
For high street buys, the Quadrant Shopping Centre is your best bet. It’s under cover, which is great on a rainy day, and the shops here are open late every Thursday. This part of the city is also where you’ll find Swansea Market, the largest indoor market in Wales. There are more than 100 stalls, selling everything from meat and cheese to clothes and jewellery. And, of course, you can’t come here without sampling an iconic Welsh cake.
Swansea for free: our top 3
1. Visit the National Waterfront Museum
You’ll find the National Waterfront Museum next to Swansea Marina, just a short walk from the city centre. Its displays and exhibitions take you through 300 years of Welsh history, and show the impact the Industrial Revolution had on the country. As an added bonus, the museum’s floor-to-ceiling windows mean you get unbeatable views of the marina.
2. Wander around the Clyne Gardens
Just a 15-minute bus journey from Swansea city centre, Clyne Gardens is an oasis of calm. Highlights include the vast collection of rhododendrons, and the tallest magnolia in Britain. You can also stroll through the wild flower meadow and photograph your way around the colourful bluebell woods.
3. Admire the boats in Swansea Marina
For a real taste of life in Swansea, head down to the bustling marina, which is about a 10-minute walk from the city centre. On a sunny day, it’s easy to while away a few hours watching the fishing boats and private yachts come and go. This part of the city is also really pretty at night, when it’s all lit up
Book your coach to Swansea using the journey planner on this page to snap up cheap megabus tickets.