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Destination guide

Swansea – Wales' scintillating city by the sea

The identity of Wales' 2nd-largest city has shifted dramatically over the centuries, from quaint market town, to thriving industrial centre, to cosmopolitan tourist resort. Today, it enjoys a reputation as one of the UK's friendliest and most laid-back coastal destinations. Its centre is a fun mish-mash of eclectic architectural styles, with crumbling ancient landmarks standing side-by-side with sleek modern shopping centres. Meanwhile, the surrounding countryside encompasses blissful sandy beaches, pristine parks, dramatic cliffs and historic forests. Swansea holiday rentals range from cosy urban apartments to sprawling seafront houses, so you're sure to find one that suits your needs.

Things to do

Swansea's crumbling castles and historic homes

You'll find an eclectic array of attractions within easy reach of your Swansea holiday rental. The state-of-the-art National Waterfront Museum celebrates innovation and industry in Wales, from the Industrial Revolution to the present day, through immersive, interactive exhibits. Best of all, admission is free. Lovers of literature will want to set aside time to poke around the Dylan Thomas Birthplace and Family Home. Here, you can see how Wales' best-loved poet went about his everyday life. For an enthralling trip back in time, head to Oystermouth Castle, a stunningly preserved Norman stone castle constructed in the 12th century.

Activities

Working up a sweat in Swansea

Swansea is a haven for outdoor pursuits enthusiasts of all persuasions. The glistening waters of Swansea Bay may be a little too fresh for swimming at certain points of the year, but they offer ideal conditions for thrilling pursuits like surfing, jet skiing and power boating. If you'd rather keep things gentle, the ruggedly beautiful shoreline simply begs to be explored by kayak, sail boat or stand-up paddle board. Those who prefer to stay on dry land are similarly spoilt for choice. You could challenge the kids to a round of mini golf, or jump on a horse and head off in search of breathtaking coastal views.

Weather

Sunny summers in Swansea

Swansea holiday rentals are highly sought-after throughout the summer season of June to August, when the local weather is typically pleasantly warm, with plenty of sunshine and blue skies to look forward to. However, this being Wales, summer showers are also a common occurrence, so be sure to pack your umbrella. Spring and autumn tend to be agreeably mild, and are great times to visit if you're keen to avoid the peak season crowds. Winters are generally chilly rather than fiercely cold, and invariably rather rainy.

Natural features

Swansea's abundant natural wonders

Swansea is perched on the impressive Gower Peninsula, the UK's first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Opportunities for spectacular scenic hikes are practically limitless, and the peninsula is home to an enthralling diversity of flora and fauna. Perhaps the most famous residents are the adorable wild ponies that live on the Gower commons, but the region is also a birdwatching hotspot, with everything from buzzards to guillemots making their home here. Anglers are equally well served, with the surrounding waters teeming with bass, cod, mackerel and other prized catches.

How to get there

Transport to and around Swansea

Fly into Swansea (SWS), the closest airport, located 5.6 mi (8.9 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Cardiff (CWL-Cardiff Intl.), which is 30.1 mi (48.4 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Swansea Station, Llansamlet Station and Gowerton Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Can I find a vacation rental around Swansea?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 877 vacation rentals near Swansea. From 145 flats & apartments to 31 chalets, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Swansea for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Swansea?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Swansea:

  • Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton: 29 vacation rentals
  • Bon-y-maen: 41 vacation rentals
  • St. Thomas: 53 vacation rentals
  • Landore: 51 vacation rentals
  • Cwmbrwla: 21 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Swansea?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Swansea. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Swansea University: 827 vacation rentals
  • Swansea Observatory: 825 vacation rentals
  • Mumbles Pier: 776 vacation rentals
  • Gower Surfing School: 781 vacation rentals
  • Swansea Castle: 825 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Swansea listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in Swansea?

Yes, of course. Vrbo UK has 145 Flats in Swansea. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Swansea include:

  • Chalets: 31 rentals available
  • Cottages: 186 rentals available
  • Cabins: 186 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Houses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Swansea?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 11 vacation rentals with pool available in Swansea. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.