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About Swansea

Swansea is both a popular centre for tourism and a busy commercial city. Once described by the poet Dylan Thomas as "an ugly, lovely town", Swansea has developed into a lively modern city in a dramatic maritime setting. The former docklands have been transformed by the creation of the Maritime Quarter, which links the centre of the city to the spectacular curve of Swansea Bay.

Echoes of Dylan Thomas's Swansea survive in the traditional covered market located at the heart of the city, where fresh seafoods include cockles and laverbread. Swansea is also a modern shopping centre, with a good range of shops and stores.

The city has a range of pubs, restaurants and clubs. At the far end of Swansea Bay, the former fishing village of Mumbles is particularly popular with students in search of a lively nightlife.

Getting to and from Swansea is easy these days. The M4 motorway brings you to the doorstep, and there is a good coach and rail network with many other major towns and cities in Britain. Good bus services link the campus with the heart of Swansea.


The University of Wales Swansea is situated in the centre of the South Wales coastline. The main campus lies within Singleton Park on the broad sweep of Swansea Bay, between the City of Swansea and the old fishing village of Mumbles. The beautiful Gower Peninsula, with its famous beaches and tranquil countryside, lies immediately to the west. The Singleton Campus is well known for its marvellous coastal location. Maps.

Access to Swansea by road, rail and sea is well served and the growing Cardiff International Airport is just one hour away. The M4 motorway, the main east-west arterial route from London, passes through the northern outskirts of Swansea. Swansea railway station is on the main west coast line from London Paddington, less than 3 hours away. There are frequent ferry crossings from Swansea to Cork, in the Republic of Ireland.

The campus has the beach on its doorstep and rolling parkland to mark its boundaries. You would easily mistake the location as a country estate rather than an integral part of the second city of Wales. Within ten minutes walk are the City's Botanical Gardens, the University's top class Sports Centre and over three miles of sandy beach.

You can drive to the beautiful Gower Peninsula, the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK, in 15 minutes.

There is good access to the city centre by public transport. and the M4 is also 15 minutes away.

Approx walking times:

University from:

  • Blackpill: 20 mins
  • Hendrefoilan Student Village: 40 mins
  • Sketty/Uplands area: 5 to 10 mins
  • Quadrant Bus Station/Shopping Centre: 25 mins (west side of town centre)
  • Swansea rail station: 40 mins (east side of town centre)
  • Nearest beach: 2 mins :-)
  • Singleton Park Botanic Gardens (2 mins)

For more specific information on South Wales:

In Swansea:

  • www.visitswanseabay.com
  • www.onebiggarden.com
  • http://www.swansea.gov.uk/tourism/default/
  • http://www.walesinfo.com/
  • http://www.dylanthomas.org/ (in Swansea, south of town centre)
  • http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=1272 Plantasia (in Swansea, 5 mins walk from Dylan Thomas Centre)
  • http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=1076 Swansea Museum (also close to Dylan Thomas Centre)
  • http://www.swan.ac.uk/egypt/ The Egypt Centre is housed in the Taliesin building at the university
  • http://home.clara.net/l.a/glnviv.htm Glyn Vivian art gallery (close to railway station)
  • Outside of Swansea:

    S  P O N S O R S
    Red Hat
    Red Hat
    Astaro Internet Security
    Astaro Internet Security

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    Linux Magazine
    Linux Magazine
    Linux User
    Linux User & Developer
    Ping Wales
    Ping Wales
    Need To Know
    The Register
    The Register

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