Swansea town guide
Swansea is in an enviable location on a wide sandy bay. The old maritime quarter has undergone recent development and the new Waterfront has revived Swansea's maritime roots.
This University City is in one of the country's best locations for walking, cycling and water sports. The Gower peninsular and Mumbles are a stone's throw away. For students at the university, doing " The Mumbles Mile" is a challenge- supposed to involve taking a drink at each of the many pubs along the Mumbles Mile.
The nearby South Wales valleys, once an area of coalmining, are now a fascinating reminder of a rich industrial heritage. The Big Pit at Blaenavon is now a National Mining Museum and the trip down in the lift to the coalface a stark reminder of how men once worked underground to provide us with coal to burn on our fires not many years ago.
The valleys are also rich in medieval castles, museums and narrow gauge railways, so a hire car is ideal for exploring the hinterland of valleys and hills.