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Road map of Swansea surroundings. Free detailed road map of Swansea surroundings  with  popular tourist attractions. Road map of surrounding area Swansea

Road map of Swansea surrounding area. Free detailed road map of Swansea surroundings  with  popular tourist attractions



Situated on the wide sweeping sands of Swansea Bay, and the gateway to the spectacular Gower Peninsula, Swansea grew from a fishing village into a huge port after the mid 19th century. It was the copper-smelting capital of the world during the Industrial Revolution and boasted the world's first passenger railway in 1807. Described by one of Swansea's most famous sons, the poet Dylan Thomas, as an 'ugly, lovely town', much of the city has been rebuilt since the Second World War, including the large market where laver bread and cockles from the Pen-clawdd beds off the north Gower coast are sold. Swansea and its surroundings suffered greatly from industry and pollution but recent efforts have resulted in the transformation of the city's derelict docks into the award-winning Maritime Quarter, complete with the National Waterfront Museum.



Founded in 1962, this is the longest established gallery in Wales. Changing exhibitions highlight the work of contemporary artists working in Wales, and display work of the prici-pality's most important artists.


BRANCWYN HALL [C2] Situated in the 1934 Guildhall, the grand concert hall is graced with 16 baroque wall panels depicting the British Empire, which were painted by Sir Frank Brangwyn at the turn of the 20th century for the House of Lords. They remained in Wales because they were considered controversial.



Overlooking Swansea Bay, the gardens have an outstanding collection of rhododendrons and azaleas and include a bog garden and lovely woodland walks.


DYLAN THOMAS CENTRE [p92 C2] Devoted to Welsh literature, the highlight is the permanent 'I, In My Intricate Image' exhibition, which contains memorabilia on the life and works of Swansea-born poet and author Dylan Thomas, including original manuscripts. The centre also holds an annual Dylan Thomas Festival.


EGYPT CENTRE [C2] Many of the items in this notable collection of Egyptian artefacts were donated to the museum by the pharmacist Sir Henry Wellcome. There are more than 3500 pieces including the painted coffin of a female musician, beautiful intricately-beaded necklaces dating from the reign of Tutankhamun and everyday objects used by the ancient Egyptians.


GLYNN VIVIAN ART GALLERY & MUSEUM [p92 B3] The museum has important displays of rare Swansea porcelain, which was produced locally between 1814 and 1824, as well as British and European art and sculpture. There are also fine collections of stained glass commemorating Swansea's worldwide reputation in the craft. The gallery places much emphasis on the work of Welsh artists, in particular the celebrated local artist Ceri Richards.


GRAND THEATRE ARTS WING [p92 A2] A new wing in the Victorian theatre has been refurbished in Art Deco style and houses temporary exhibitions of fine art, photography and sculpture.



Sited in a converted seaman's chapel dating from 1858, the independent public art gallery has changing exhibitions of art by Welsh, British and international artists.


PLANTASIA [p92 C2] This futuristic pyramid-shaped glasshouse has climatically controlled areas and contains over 5000 tropical and desert plants, and creatures ranging from monkeys to piranha. Several of the species growing here are now extinct in their natural habitats.



The Botanical Gardens are based in the old walled gardens in the grounds of Singleton Park and are renowned for their splendid displays of bedding plants. The temperate and tropical glasshouses contain a large collection of rare and unusual species including orchids and bromeliads.



The rugged ruins of 13th-14th-century Swansea Castle, built by Bishop Henry de Gower, tower above the Strand. The castle had a turbulent history and was mostly destroyed during Civil War. The remains include a striking 14th-century first-floor arcade but can only be viewed from outside.



The vibrant and colourful covered market, one of the largest in the UK, teams with life. An annual Swansea Food Festival is held here in early October - the area has been famous for its cockle beds since Roman times.


SWANSEA MUSEUM [p92 CI The oldest museum in Wales was described by Dylan Thomas as 'the museum that should have been in a museum'. The neoclassical building dates from 1841 and contains collections ranging from local history to Egyptology. Exhibits include a traditional Welsh kitchen, replicas of the oldest human bones found in Wales and the mummy of a 4000-year-old Egyptian priest called Hor.



The only Olympic-size swimming pool to be found in Wales, this recent addition to Swansea's burgeoning leisure facilities is state-of-the-art.