Welsh Heritage & Culture

Welsh Castles

There are many wonderful Welsh castles scattered throughout The Gower, including Pennard Castle, Weobley Castle, Oxwich Castle and Clyne Castle. Oystermouth Castle sits majestically on a hill looking over Swansea Bay, with pretty views of Mumbles fishing village. The castle is full of life with occasional battle re-enactments throughout the ages and open air theatre productions during the summer months. Pennard Castle perches dramatically above beautiful Three Cliffs Bay, one of the most photographed beaches in Wales.

The Arts

The Grand Theatre in Swansea has a wide variety of shows and exhibitions for everyone to enjoy. The Taliesin located in Swansea’s University offers stage and cinema performances and houses The Ceri Richards Gallery as well as an ancient Egyptology centre.

The Nick Holly Gallery is located in the stunning Exchange Building in Swansea’s Maritime Quarter. The gallery is home to many welsh established and up and coming artists including painters, sculptors, printmakers and glass artists. Art galleries are dotted all along the coastline sweep of the peninsular. Visit: nickholly.com

Museums

The National Waterfront Museum situated in the Marina tells a story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years. Wales’ vast industrial and maritime heritage is ready to explore via cutting edge and interactive technology. Entry is free and with regular exhibition events there is something for all the family.

The Swansea Museum is the oldest museum in wales and is a fascinating treasure house of Swansea Life through the ages.

Dylan Thomas

Swansea is the birthplace of world famous poet Dylan Thomas, and you can visit no. 5 Cwmdnokin Drive in Uplands, which has been restored to its original condition in 1914, when it was bought by the Thomas family. The Dylan Thomas Centre is a beautiful building in the Maritime Quarter near the National Waterfront Museum, which celebrates Dylan Thomas’s work and life through a permanent exhibition. There is also a Dylan Thomas Festival during October and November.