Explore the leafy trails and vibrant flowerbeds to discover why this park inspired several poems written by the city’s most famous son. Stroll past great oak and elm trees and find a bench to yourself to stop and watch the resident squirrels, or enjoy a tea and cake from the charming café in the centre of the park.
It might be located just a minute’s walk from the vibrant shops and bars of Uplands, but pretty Cwmdonkin Park is a haven of tranquillity and a great place to come for a game of tennis or boules, a stroll through the gardens or a picnic on the grass.
Dylan Thomas grew up just a stone’s throw from the park on Cwmdonkin Drive, and spent many long days here as a child. Writing in his biography he called the park “A world within the world of the sea town ... full of terrors and treasures ... a country just born and always changing”. Fans of the poet will want to head straight for the Dylan Thomas memorial stone close to the centre of the park. This is inscribed with lines from his poem, Fern Hill.
Explore the paths that snake by the banking, grassy slopes and past neatly planted beds and you will come across a popular bowling green and four well-maintained tennis courts. You’ll need to book if you fancy a game of bowls, but the tennis courts are free. You will need your own equipment.
Round off your visit with a tea and cake in the recently renovated park café. Children will love the adventure playground next door, which includes a zip-line among the more traditional roundabouts and slides.
Cwmdonkin Park is located in Uplands, a five-minute drive northwest of Swansea’s central shopping district. You can find free paring on the residential streets nearby.