Living in Swansea
What and where is Swansea?
Swansea is a coastal city in Wales, the Swansea county contains Swansea Bay and the Gower Peninsula. Swansea sits within the historic county boundaries of Glamorgan and the ancient Welsh commote of Gŵyr. It is the second largest city in Wales and within the UK is the 25th biggest city.
What is the population of Swansea?
The population of Swansea currently stands at 247,000 (as of mid 2019) this is the second highest population of the 22 Welsh local authorities. 8% of the total Welsh population live in Swansea.
What is the average house price in Swansea?
The average cost of a property in Swansea is £186,654 as of April 2021. Flats sell for an average of £121,184 and terrace houses are around £192,863. A detached house will set you back about £281,570 and a semi-detached is £163,949.
Living in Swansea
Is Swansea a nice place to live?
Swansea is becoming one of the most popular places to live within the UK. They are seeing major development within the city centre with many projects in progress or being planned. They are developing a city park in the Kingsway area with public areas, improved pedestrian walkways, new cycle routes and the creation of green areas enriched by the planting of around 200 trees. Within the coastal area of Swansea there is a renovation project taking place, they are updating the pavilion, new flats are being built and there is a new coastal boardwalk being installed that extends out into the water. The government and private sector seem to be funnelling money into Swansea, which means it’s an up and coming place to live.
Is Swansea a safe place to live?
In Swansea there are an average of 30.1 crimes committed per year per 1000 people. Violent crimes make up 28.9% of all crimes committed in Swansea, with the total number of violent crimes being 21.8 thousand over a period of 12 months. This number has decreased by 3.7% when you look at a year-over-year period.
Landmarks and History
Mumbles is a lively seaside village with over 120 shops, restaurants and pubs, located on the west side of Swansea bay. You’ll want to visit here if you love sea food, as the restaurants make use of the fresh local produce, which also makes its way to London to be served in the finest seafood restaurants in the capital. You can also experience the Mumbles Oyster Festival which is hosted every year in the village, and attracts lots of foodies.
National Waterfront Museum
This impressive national landmark that houses the National Waterfront Museum is worth the trip itself. However, you will also enjoy the museum that showcases the industrial and maritime history of Wales. The exhibitions date back to the 1800s and are highly interactive, you can learn about the age when Wales was a major world supplier of coal and steel. Richard Trevithicks famous steam locomotive takes pride of place and is pretty spectacular.
This lively, hip bar/restaurant has fabulous décor and a great atmosphere. Known for its extensive craft beer list, it also offers cocktails and a wealth of other drinks. They specialised in wood fired, handmade pizzas that they pair with the cocktails for a memorable experience.
Overlooking the stunning Bracelet Bay, this place offers authentic Italian cuisine. You can find daily specials as well as fish, steak and pasta. You can enjoy this modern café bar while taking in the beautiful views of the lighthouse.
The Beach House
According to TripAdvisor, this is the second-best restaurant in all of Swansea, so expect some fine dining. The Beach House is spacious, sleek and modern, but also makes you feel right at home with its friendly team and menu full of local produce. You can enjoy beautiful views of the beach while tasting the exquisite menu.
Gigi Gao’s Favourite Authentic Chinese
This is not your typical Chinese takeaway food; this place offers the real Chinese experience. They don’t use MSG, like some other places, so the food won’t leave you feeling queasy and greasy. Not only do you get great food, you can enjoy the view through the large windows that look out over the water. They won the best Chinese restaurant in Wales in 2018 at the inaugural Golden Chopsticks Awards
Swansea is known as a great place for shopping and is actually considered the regional retail centre for South West Wales. You’ll find a large selection of high street shops and a number of independent retailers. There is also the Quadrant Shopping Centre to have a look around, which can link you to Swansea Market. There are also some traditional arcades for you to enjoy and explore.
Where to Stay in Swansea
The Dragon Hotel
This hotel is located in the city centre and is only 15 minutes away from Rhossili Bay, which is one of the best beaches in the world. They offer 24-hour room service and tea and coffee making facilities. You can enjoy a nice breakfast, chose from a continental or full cooked breakfast and relax and eat in the lounge area. The rooms are spacious with a fun, colourful décor.
The Grand Hotel
The Grand is right in the heart of the city and it right next door to the train station and is within walking distance of many of Swansea’s best attractions. This landmark hotel opened in 1930 and has maintained its 3 stars since then. There is a large, comfortable lounge area and informal dining in the Bistro Bar and you can catch up with the football in the Sports Bar. The bedrooms are large and feature digital televisions, power showers and air conditioning and there is free Wi-Fi available.
Towers Hotel & Spa
This hotel sits about 10 mins out of the city centre and offers a swimming pool and gym. There is free onsite parking and Wi-Fi. The leisure facilities extend to a sauna, steam room and spa bath and you can pay for massages and beauty treatments. All the rooms are en-suite and air conditioned as well as all TVs having Sky. There is an on-site restaurant that serves European and traditional Welsh food. You can also enjoy a full Welsh breakfast included in the price of the room.
Top 10 Things to do in Swansea
- Gower Peninsula
- Three Cliffs Bay
- Oxwich Bay
- Mumbles Hill Local Nature Reserve
- Mumbles Pier
- Caswell Bay
- Llangennith Beach
- Penllergare Valley Woods
- Clyne Gardens
- Langland Bay