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Things to see and do in the Mumbles

From Woodside-Oxwich, the Mumbles are only a short drive (25 minutes) away, and come rain or shine, this is an excellent way to spend the day.  

The Mumbles lie on the Western side of Swansea a town once described by the poet Dylan Thomas as “ugly lovely town… crawling, sprawling… by the side of a long and splendid curving shore”, and a splendid curving shore, it really is. 


To start with - the pier. 

Mumbles Pier is one of Swansea's most famous landmarks, build in the Victorian era and is currently undergoing a transformational refurb, in fact this is one of only six surviving iron piers in Wales and is currently Grade II listed.  Just a little history!  But, there is always something to do in the Mumbles, a slice cake for everyone - from tea rooms to bowling ally's - arcade machines to Victorian style Beach huts. 


For those wanting activities, head to the beach next to the pier and try your hand at SUP'ing or surfing, there are plenty of places who will hire equipment.  Behind the Mumbles lies the Mumbles Nature Reserve - take a walk up to the top and discover the amazing views over Swansea Bay, the Mumbles, the Pier and the lifeboat houses.  Interestingly, did you know the lifeboats have been stationed in the Mumbles for over 175 years!  If you are fascinated by history, you can find WW2 gun emplacements hidden all over the site.  The paths through the Nature Reserve are clearly marked and not too strenuous.  

Or, take a stroll through the streets of Mumbles and find Artisan craft shops, boutiques and many great eateries and drinking establishments.  If you are driving, check out "Parkopedia" for all the car parking information.

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