Swansea Cottages

Granted city status in 1969, Swansea is second only to Cardiff in terms of population in Wales (230,000). Swansea expanded rapidly in the C18th and C19th with the coming of the Industrial Revolution with heavy industry based on local coal predominating and with the port being of great importance.

Most of the buildings in the centre of the city are relatively modern as much was destroyed by bombing in 1941; however it does include the remains of a late C13th castle with a distinctive arcaded parapet reminiscent of the Bishop's palaces at Lamphey and St David's; it can only be viewed externally.

The city centre has changed dramatically in recent years with shopping centres and the largest covered market in Wales together with a number of major attractions. Formally Swansea's South Dock, the Marina lies at the heart of the city's redeveloped and award winning Maritime Quarter. The industrial and maritime history of Wales is told in the superb National Waterfront Museum located in Swansea's Maritime Quarter which opened in 2005 in an original waterfront warehouse linked to a new, ultra-modern slate and glass building; it uses interactive technology married with traditional displays to tell the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years.

Adjacent is Swansea's Leisure Centre, known simply as the LC. Swansea Museum on Oystermouth Road is a treasure house of the ordinary and the extraordinary from Swansea past and present. The Tramshed on Dylan Thomas Square displays memorabilia from the street trams of Swansea and the famous Mumbles railway that ran around the edge of the bay from Swansea town centre to Mumbles pier.

The Museum has many boats in its collections and three of these are kept floating in Swansea Marina by the Tramshed; these include a lightship, a tug boat and a pilot cutter. The Dylan Thomas Centre in the Maritime Quarter near to Swansea's museums has a permanent exhibition on Dylan Thomas and his life and is also home to many literary events throughout the year, including the annual Dylan Thomas Festival during October and November.

2014 marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas' birth, and many events are planned throughout the year to celebrate Swansea's most famous son. Brangwyn Hall, located within the Guildhall, is a major concert venue regularly used by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and choirs from around the country; it houses the British Empire Panels, the work of Sir Frank Brangwyn.

The Egypt Centre, a Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, is based on the University of Wales, Swansea's campus; there are over 4,500 items in the collection, most of them collected by Sir Henry Wellcome from excavations at Armant, Armana, Esna, Mostagedda, etc. Cwmdonkin Park is an urban park situated in the Uplands area of Swansea; it has a bowling green, children's play area, water gardens, tennis courts and a bandstand.

The park was an important source of inspiration to the poet Dylan Thomas who featured it in his work; he was born in Cwmdonkin Drive. Plantasia is a tropical haven of wonderful plants and animals situated in the heart of the city and featuring insects, reptiles, fish and monkeys plus bananas, pineapple plants, prickly cacti and giant bamboo.

South-west of the city centre is Clyne Valley Country Park and within its 700 acres is a very varied landscape ranging from open and wooded hillsides, steep gorges and quarries to meadowland and wet valley floor which provides a range of habitats for a great diversity of plants and animals. Until recently the Valley was an important area of industrial activity and much of this heritage is still visible within the Park.

Margam Country Park is an estate of around 850 acres located 2 miles east of Port Talbot. Now owned by the local council, it is known for its peacocks, deer (which have existed on the site since at least Norman times), aviaries with rescued birds of prey and the rare breed Glamorgan cattle. Within the Park stand the ruins of Margam Abbey (built in 1147) including the large twelve-sided chapter house dating from the C13th.

The Park is also the location of Margam Castle, a Tudor Gothic mansion house built by the owner of the estate in the early C19th. Sculptures and artwork are places along the paths which connect the house with the Orangery, which was completed in 1793.



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Gower, South Wales

PW353

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£3995
per week
From £2,996 for a 3-night stay
  • Imposing manor house with private indoor pool, sauna, games room and pitch and put course. Lovely sea views.
  • 14 Guests
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 3 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
  • Games room
  • Beach 0.6 miles
  • Pub 1.7 miles

Ammanford, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

WAW322

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£1200 - £1630
per week
From £900 for a 3-night stay
  • Quality and flexibility best describe this luxury accommodation for up to 12 guests with zip and link beds in each of the six bedrooms. The Mill is in a pleasant rural location, with golf course adjacent, Brecon Beacons within a mile and Carreg Cennen Castle close by.
  • 12 Guests
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 18 miles
  • Pub 1.3 miles

Swansea Valley, South Wales

BOW75

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£1174 - £1848
per week
From £881 for a 3-night stay
  • Set in an elevated position with great views across the valley from the large garden, this pair of holiday cottages are near the village of Cwmtwrch on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
  • 12 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 18 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
10% Off!

Llanelli, Pembrokeshire & West Wales

WAW316

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£669 - £1177
per week
From £502 for a 3-night stay
  • Special offerLast minute discount! 10% off bookings starting within 14 days (may not apply in conjunction with other offers)
  • 9 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • No WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 7.5 miles
  • Pub 0.25 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner
10% Off!

Porthcawl, South Wales

WAY235

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£575 - £969
per week
From £431 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Special offerLast minute discount! 10% off bookings starting within 14 days (may not apply in conjunction with other offers)
  • 8 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 5 miles
  • Pub 1 mile

Penderyn, South Wales

BOW59

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£737 - £836
per week
From £553 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Ideal accommodation for Bike Park Wales , Cwmcarn and Afan Forest mountain biking centres. Sleeping up to 8 perfect for groups of friends and get-togethers.
  • 8 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Games room
  • Beach 20 miles
  • Pub 1 mile
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Abercraf, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

WAY238

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£775 - £1260
per week
From £581 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star Gold
  • Special offer20% off at Breconview Lodge during May and June
  • Special offerLast minute discount! 10% off bookings starting within 14 days (may not apply in conjunction with other offers)
  • 8 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Hot tub
  • Beach 23 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Swansea Valley, South Wales

493352

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£938 - £1812
per week
From £704 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star
  • Large stylish cottage a few miles from the Brecon Beacons National Park, close to paths, towns, and the spectacular Gower peninsula. It even its own hot tub! Get a real slice of indulgence in Tÿ Glyndwr.
  • 8 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Hot tub
  • Beach 14 miles
  • Pub 1 mile

Ammanford, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

WAW321

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£905 - £1207
per week
From £679 for a 3-night stay
  • A luxury single storey apartment-style property on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, sleeping 8 in 4 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms.
  • 8 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 18 miles
  • Pub 1.3 miles

Pembrey, Pembrokeshire & West Wales

41067

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£411 - £1368
per week
From £308 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star
  • Sandy beach just a short stroll away from modern, well-equipped and peaceful marina cottage in South-West Wales. ¼ mile from amenities of Burry Port, Millennium Coastal Path on doorstep, Gower and Swansea 10 miles
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.3 miles
  • Pub 0.4 miles

Swansea Valley, South Wales

BOW72

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£587 - £924
per week
From £440 for a 3-night stay
  • On the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park and near the stunning coastline of Gower this holiday cottage is only 14 miles from Swansea.
  • 6 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 18 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
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