Swansea Flights:

Flights to Swansea

image of SwanseaSwansea is the second largest city in Wales, in the United Kingdom. The city is located on the coast of South West Wales on the Gower Peninsula, an area of ‘outstanding natural beauty’.

Swansea Airport (airport code: SWS) really only handles general aviation, rather than commercial flights to Swansea. So travellers usually arrive at Cardiff Airport (code: CWL) and either take the bus or the train. By road, it’s less than an hour from Cardiff to Swansea. The only airline that has a one-stop flight to Swansea (arriving at Cardiff) from South Africa is KLM and they have a connection in Amsterdam. You can have connections in the UK with either Virgin Atlantic or BMI. They both have a flight to Swansea through London and then Glasgow.

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The Tourist Attractions of Swansea:

Swansea was established as a town sometime between 1158 and 1184 but there was a settlement here earlier than this as indicated by Swansea Castle (see below). Swansea became a market town and later was popular as a spa resort, but it was during the industrial revolution that the town really grew, and there are remnants from many of these different periods still to see in Swansea today.

Swansea Castle
The ruins of Swansea Castle remain one of the city’s prominent landmarks today, even though they are mainly just ruins. Swansea Castle was founded in 1106 even before Swansea became an official town, by Henry de Beaumont. Although there’s not much here to see it is interesting to see the contrast between the medieval architecture combined with the new and modern buildings that surround it.

Oystermouth Castle
Oystermouth Castle is on the other hand worth a visit because it is better preserved than Swansea Castle. It’s located in the Mumbles area of Swansea and dates originally from the early 12th century. You can visit the castle for a minimal entrance fee and enjoy the views from the battlements over Swansea Bay.

Mumbles Pier
Also in the Mumbles part of Swansea is the Mumbles Pier. Though the pier itself isn’t as spectacular as some Victorian era piers around the United Kingdom it does give you some great views of Swansea Bay and back inland to Oystermouth Castle.

Mumbles Village
Mumbles itself was once a small fishing village but it’s been amalgamated within Swansea. As well as the castle and the pier this is a lovely place with an old world feel and quaint narrow streets that invite you to explore.

Swansea’s Museums
For visitors who enjoy finding out more about the history and culture of the city they’re visiting Swansea has a number of museums that will fulfill this need! The National Waterfront Museum is one such example and it charts the industrial revolution through the eyes of the people who were most affected by it.

Dylan Thomas was a Swansea local and the Dylan Thomas Centre represents another of Swansea’s museum spaces. Others include the Swansea Museum which was the first museum in Wales, several art galleries, and a number of small, independent museums on an assortment of subjects.

When Should You Visit?:

Swansea’s climate is temperate so generally is never too hot or too cold. Summers are mild with an average high of 19C in July, the warmest month, though actual highs usually reach into the 20’s C. Winter is mild to cool with an average high of 6C in January, plus winters are slightly wetter overall.

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