swansea

A city break in Swansea offers picturesque scenery, fantastic food and culture in abundance. All too often overshadowed by its neighbour, Cardiff, Swansea’s history oozes from its very foundations.

Here’s how to make the most out of your stay in this vibrant city.

What to do

Even if you’re a bit rusty on his works (Under Milk Wood is his best-known), it’s great fun following in Swansea’s most famous son’s footsteps.  The Dylan Thomas Trail starts at No 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, where Thomas was born (admission £8 for adults).

Afterwards, head to the Dylan Thomas Centre for the excellent Man Or Myth exhibition (free). There’s fascinating film footage, audio tapes and heaps of memorabilia of the man. Time your visit right and catch a production at the centre’s charming and intimate Theatre in Focus, too.

A statue of writer Dylan Thomas takes pride of place on the Marina in Swansea

A statue of writer Dylan Thomas takes pride of place on the Marina in Swansea

Where to eat

If you’ve got a head for heights, take off to the Grape & Olive on the top floor of the Meridian Tower, Wales’ tallest building. Feast on mussels and fries, and the panoramic coastline views. Or fine dine at Morgans Hotel – a grand red-brick building, once the port offices. Lofty ceilings and luxurious décor are the perfect setting to enjoy a confit pork belly with apple mash and Taffy cider jus. Served with a cold glass of your favourite tipple, it’s like stepping back into early 1900s timelessness.

Where to stay

The Dragon Hotel in the heart of the city is the perfect location to explore all the sights (room only from £75). Relax in the spa before dropping into the hotel’s brasserie and ordering the hock of ham and laverbread risotto, which is divine!

For more info visit  www.visitswanseabay.com