Take a stroll through Swansea's city centre and discover unique, boutique stores, historical sites and the city's famous market. Come back after dark and enjoy a meal out or join the crowds on Wind Street to sample Swansea's legendary nightlife.
Swansea's city centre might be relatively small, but it certainly packs in a lot of variety, with international cuisine, one of the UK's best local markets and some great shopping all located within the pedestrianised streets.
If shopping's your thing then you'll find all your favourite brands in The Quadrant, adjacent to the central bus station. If you're looking for something unique take a stroll along Oxford Street, where you'll find locally owned boutiques tucked into attractive arcades.
Whatever your tastes, make sure you don't miss Swansea Market. Often voted the best covered market in Britain, this expansive area of stalls has everything from clothes and handmade gifts to fresh fish and fruit and vegetables, all at great prices. Be sure to try the Welsh cakes - these are often served warm and fresh from the oven. There are plenty of cafes to choose from if you need to put your feet up during the day. The iconic Kardomah on Portland Street is a longstanding local favourite.
Not every city centre can boast its own castle, but that's exactly what Swansea has. Head to Castle Street on the eastern side of town to visit the city’s premier historic site. Built in 1106 by Henry de Beaumont, Swansea Castle has survived hundreds of years of conflict along with the ruthless bombing that plagued the city during the Second World War. The ghostly stone walls that remain were part of the original construction. Entry is free to walk around the grounds.
For your evening's entertainment head to the famous Grand Theatre. Some of the best productions from across the UK regularly visit while the theatre has played host to top comedians including John Bishop and Alan Davies.
Foodies will be spoilt for choice in Swansea city centre, with everything from fine dining to international cuisine spread out across the town. Possibly the highest concentration of restaurants is along St. Helen's Road, where the exotic scents of spice from several Indian, Chinese and Persian restaurants fills the air. If spice isn’t your thing, Salubrious Place on the other side of town has a selection of your favourite chain restaurants and buffet style eateries.
Before you call an end to the night, be sure to check out the vibrant bars and clubs of Wind Street. Get a taste of the Caribbean with fruity cocktails at Kon-Tiki and Bambu Bar or dance into the early hours at Jack Murphy’s.
Swansea’s central area can easily be reached from anywhere in the city. Transport links are efficient while the main bus terminal is located right behind the Quadrant Shopping Centre.