Swansea Beach stretches along Swansea Bay and is backed by a promenade/cycle track and a coastal road. The beach is central and easy to get to and is just minutes away from the heart of Swansea city centre. The beach offers the visitor a wide range of different experiences and takes full advantage of the contrasts of the coast and countryside that appeal to all tastes.
To the East of the bay is the LC2 leisure centre and the marina. There is ample parking available and the first phase of the beach, known as ‘The Slip’, is easily accessible from here.
As you walk along the promenade you are confronted with both the new Swansea, with views of The Tower, Wales largest Residential building, and some relics of days gone by such as The Patti Pavilion situated in Victoria Park and the remains of the old slip bridge outside St Helens rugby and cricket ground.
You also pass by Swansea Observatory, previously home to Wales largest optical astronomical telescope. Designed by Robin Campbell in 1989 it consists of two towers and was part funded with a European Heritage grant. Now closed it is looking to re-open as a bar/restaurant in the near future.
Backing onto the beach are Singleton Park, home of many large open air concerts and a small boating lake and crazy golf course set alongside a family pub serving food. The ‘Pub on the Pond’ is perfectly situated half way along the promenade and is perfect for a little pit stop before carrying on your walk to Blackpill.
On completion of the walk you arrive at another pub serving hot meals and the Junction, a unique, award winning and well established family run Cafe and Art Gallery. So whether you start from the East or from the West heading to the centre of Swansea there is always an enjoyable destination to settle to reward you.
In recent years the promenade has been renovated from The Slip all the way round to Mumbles Pier. There are new toilets at The Slip, improvements at the popular Blackpill Lido including a new cycle and pedestrian bridge linking the coast path to the Clyne Valley Cycle Path.
There are also children’s play areas either end at Blackpill and the The Slip if the little ones aren’t suitably tired from the gentle walk.
Swansea Bay is accessible by wheelchair, has Lifeguards between the 9th July and the 4th September. Good public transport links although there is a seasonal dog ban on some parts of the beach.