Swansea is a city of many names, known as the City and County of Swansea by its official name and as Abertawe in Welsh. Set on Wales' south coast and once a centre of the copper-smelting industry, today Swansea is better known for its museums, historic indoor market, nearby seaside villages, and as the former home of the 20th-century poet and writer Dylan Thomas. Whether you're a history buff, outdoors lover, or planning a holiday with children, consider booking a hotel in Swansea for a culturally vibrant trip. Thanks to attractions as diverse as 12th-century castle ruins, stunning beaches, and a contemporary waterpark, you won't be short on diversions whilst on holiday in this compelling Welsh county. To search for the best hotel offers in Swansea, use Opodo, an efficient and easy-to-use online search engine. Simply enter your travel dates, room preferences, and how many people will be in your party, and you'll have a host of ideal Swansea accommodation options, from luxury destinations to cheap hotels, to choose from in seconds.
Nature lovers will want to head directly for the Gower Peninsula, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here you can explore the charming seaside village of Mumbles or pack a picnic and a good camera for an afternoon at Rhossili Bay, whose beach, Llangennith, was named the third-best beach in all of Europe by a travellers' survey. Also on the peninsula is the dramatic Three Cliffs Bay, only accessible on foot. It's a trek you'll want to make, however, for a truly unique, dramatic landscape. For a scenic outdoor activity a bit closer to town, visit Clyne Gardens. This stunning parkland also offers quaint bridges, a chapel, and numerous tree species among its other charms. Right in central Swansea, stop by the National Waterfront Museum, which offers an interesting survey of maritime, transport, and technological artefacts. And if you're travelling with children, you can't miss what's right next door: LC Waterpark. This park, the largest of its kind in Wales, offers tons of fun thanks to slides, tubes, and an indoor surf machine. Finally, don't miss the Dylan Thomas Centre, which offers a permanent exhibit on the life of this poet and writer considered one of the giants of 20th-century literature.
Visitors looking to stay near cultural attractions and easily walkable areas will want to look for hotel offers near Swansea's city centre or Maritime Quarter. From here you can easily get to the Swansea Castle (13th-century ruins), a cinema, ample shopping, dining, and galleries, and the National Waterfront Museum as well as the Swansea Museum (which offers excellent cultural and historic exhibits in a neoclassical building). And of course, don't miss the Swansea Indoor Market, a historic market with over 100 stalls which is the largest of its kind in Wales. Those more interested in communing with nature, however, will want to look for hotels in the county of Swansea around the bay, closer to or on the Gower Peninsula. Hotels in the Swansea village of Mumbles offer the best of both worlds, with easy access to nature as well as restaurants, the historic Mumbles Lighthouse, and right next door, the 12th-century ruins of Oystermouth Castle. On Mumbles Pier you can fish, play arcade games or go bowling, or visit onea couple of cafes. When you're ready to reserve your accommodation in Swansea, just head to Opodo to easily book the ideal hotel, apartment, or hostel for your upcoming holiday.