At the Western edge of Swansea Bay lies the fishing village of Mumbles - the twinkling diamond of Swansea! A wonderful combination of historic buildings and modern design create a unique destination where the charming buildings of the village’s long history and the modern developments of restaurants, bars and boutique shops seem to blend together perfectly.
A RICH HISTORY
Perched above the village is Oystermouth Castle; a Norman military stronghold that still attracts thousands each year thanks to the plays and fairs held in its grounds. It has recently been renovated to include a visitor centre and glass viewing floor for people to explore the inner walls and the castle’s secrets. In more recent times, the Mumbles Pier was once the end destination for the local tram, and while the tram has long since closed, the tramway has become a walking and cycle path that leads you out to the Pier. The RNLI have a state of the art facility at the pier and with cafés, bars, restaurants and a number of beaches, it is well worth visiting and be sure to walk out to the end.
SHOP ‘TILL YOU DROP
With independent, boutique stores dotted through the streets of Mumbles and along the promenade, shopaholics will be spoilt for choice. Men’s tailors, women’s couture, leisure wear… you name it, Mumbles has it, and you can easily spend a day window shopping if nothing else!
FOOD AND DRINK
Tracing it’s roots back hundreds of years (perhaps longer) as a fishing village, it’s no wonder that some of the finest seafood restaurants are located in Mumbles. Alongside the fish restaurants are numerous bars and eateries serving a range of dishes to suit all palates and budgets and with a thriving microbrewery sector, many bars brew or distil their own drinks to offer a truly unique drinking and dining experience. As venues such as Castellamare, La Parilla, Bistro Pierre and many others are situated on the waterfront, you can enjoy good food and drink whilst watching the boats bobbing up and down on the bay.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Whether you are taking the children to the penny slots on the pier, enjoying the delicious homemade ice-creams on sale at Joe’s, Fortes and Verdi’s or watching the little ones explore the castle; Mumbles is geared up for young families and will not disappoint. For couples, a stroll along the promenade followed by a glass of fizz and a romantic meal for two at one of the many restaurants as the moon rises over the bay is a sure way to create memories that you will both remember forever. For groups and more mature visitors, there is enough to do for everyone to have a good time from playing golf at one of the many local courses, watching sport at the local rugby, football and cricket clubs or simply taking advantage of the location.