Places to Visit include a rich cultural heritage and colourful array of visitor centres, castles, markets and museums
Clyne Gardens is a botanical garden based in Swansea The park as it is now known was formed from the landscaped gardens originally created by Glynn Vivian who bought the castle in 1860. There is a gentle slope to the gardens, with paths that meander amidst trees, beside brooks and over little bridges – a wonderful way to spend the afternoon and spot your favourite plants and shrubs.
Dylan Thomas Centre
The Dylan Thomas Centre is a permanent exhibition featuring Swansea’s famous poet, which holds regular events relating to Dylan Thomas throughout the year. 2014 saw the Centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth and there were many events: exhibitions, shows, readings, festivals (including the Dylan Thomas Festival) held not only in Swansea but in many locations around the uk.
The centre is well worth a visit, set in a lovely location in the popular maritime quater – it is an atmospheric building – with its own cafe and book shop with free entry for the centre’s permanent exhibition.
Gower Heritage Centre
The Centre is a rural life museum, holding regular events throughout the year. There are craft shops and activities, a children’s play area, cafe, a rural life museum and a small animal farm. The centre is open every day from 10am to 5pm
King Arthurs Stones
A legendary site, well worth a visit and located on Cefn Bryn in the heart of the Gower is known as “Arthur’s Stone” or “King Arthur’s Stone”. The description is said to originate from a legend that King Arthur threw a large stone from Llanelli which landed on this spot. Another story says that if a girl crawls around the stone three times and views the face of her lover, then she will know that he will remain faithful to her.
The site is a well known neolithic burial ground and the stone is situated on the north facing slope of Cefn Bryn with fine, expansive views across the estuary of the River Loughor and towards Llanrhidian sands. There are several other simpler cairns spraid along the same slope.
Pennard castle is located in a superb position, overlooking Three Cliffs Bay and is often described as one of the most picturesque ruins on the Gower Peninsula. Pennard castle is an early 12th Century Castle and is believed to probably have been built by the Earl of Beaumont, 1st Earl of Warwick. While there are castles with more renown and history on the Gower, Pennard castle remains have both atmosphere and mystery… even more so at dusk – where it provides the perfect setting for watching the sunset!
National Botanical Gardens
The National Botanic Garden of Wales are located near Llanarthne in Camarthenshire, providing 568 acres of parkland with historic and futuristic buildings, lake, horticultural displays, flower meadows and artwork such as sculptural exhibitions. There is a lovely cafe and bookshop, and a surround-sound experience of Theatre Botanica, with films celebrating the world of plants.
The Glasshouse is perhaps its most famous feature, designed by architects Norman Foster and Partners. Inside the glass dome is a Mediterranean landscape, rock terraces, streams and waterfalls. Outside, there is a peaceful Japanese Garden, double walled garden and more – this is the first National Botanical Garden to be created in the new millennium.
Swansea market is well worth a visit with its rich choice of local produce, from seafood such as fish, cockles, muscles larverbread and more as well as local cheeses, bread chutneys, meats and more and all manner of things that you’d find in a traditional welsh market including crafts, quirky gifts and marketfayer.