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

This marina used to be part of the old docks and is now filled with expensive yachts together with some historic vessels. Around the edge are restaurants and museums. The whole area has a very pleasant atmosphere and the beach is but a short walk away.

This view is from a balcony which is part of the National Waterfront Museum.

 

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  Heritage vessels, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales   Heritage vessels, Swansea.

There were two heritage vessels moored in the marina when we were there, Lightship 91 known as 'Helwick', which spent much of its life warning ships about the Helwick Sandbank in the Bristol Channel and Tug boat 'Canning' which was built in 1954. She is an oil-burning steam tug who worked from Swansea Docks from 1966.

The tug is better seen in the previous picture.

 

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  The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales   The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.

This picture was taken through a window from inside one wing of the museum which may give you an idea of its size.

The building is part old ( a grade 2 listed warehouse which had been the Swansea Industrial and Maritime Museum) and part new. It features Wales' history of industrial revolution and innovation with collections of maritime, transport, technology and retail artefacts.

Entry is free.

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  Swansea Museum, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales   Swansea Museum, Swansea.

Swansea Museum is the oldest museum in Wales having been built for the Royal Institution of South Wales in 1841 in the neo-classical style. The two ships shown above are part of this museum's collections.

A building next to the National Waterfront Museum known as the Tramshed is also part of this museum and displays memorabilia from the street trams of Swansea.

Entry is free.

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  Plantasia, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales   Plantasia, Swansea.

Swansea takes their environmental responsibility very seriously and so decided to create a rainforest (Plantasia) in the middle of the City to highlight the importance of looking after and protecting the world we live in.

Plantasia is home to a great variety of tropical plants and animals including Giant Bamboo, birds and fish. Plantasia also offered to give some Cotton Top Tamarins a home when a local Wildlife Park closed.

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