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  Castle Square, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales   Castle Square, Swansea.

The visible remains of the castle date from the late 13th or early 14th century. They are not open to the public but it is possible to view them from outside.

Castle square is a pleasant enough space with a water feature and surrounding shops. We passed through it twice during our time here and I could imagine it would be a nice place to sit in the sun for a while and watch the world go by.

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  The beach, Swansea Bay, Glamorgan, Wales   The beach, Swansea.

Swansea Bay is where Swansea meets the sea and the interface is a very nice beach. Certainly not crowded when we were there the gently shelving beach of fine sand seems a safe place to take children.

On a clear day one can look across the bay to Mumbles on the other side.

 

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  The Marina, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales   The Marina area, Swansea.

A little way back from the beach is Swansea Marina which used to be the old docks. It is now a very pleasant area for visitors with plenty of cafes and bars together with interesting museums.

This picture was taken from the upper storey of the National Waterfront Museum and nearby is the 'Tram Shed'; a separate museum about Swansea's old tram system.

 

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  Clyne Gardens, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales   Clyne Gardens, Swansea.

If you are garden lovers then this is something you will want to see. Clyne Gardens, a short bus ride from Swansea Bus Station, are a delight especially during May when the Azaleas and Rhododendrons are in bloom. Entry is free and there are lots of other plants to see.

There is a small refreshment tent near the main entrance and there are also toilets with disabled access a little further in. Be prepared to be amazed.

There is also the Singleton Botanic Garden nearby.

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  Mumbles, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales   Mumbles, Swansea.

If you stay on the bus that goes to Clyne Gardens it will take you to Oystermouth on the Mumbles Peninsula. A very attractive part of the coastline with a castle. This view was taken from the castle showing the Mumbles Bay and pier.

The castle is definitely worth a visit with plenty to see and explore.

 

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