Swansea marina from the air

Swansea Marina – move over Monte Carlo!

Swansea Bay is gaining a reputation as a great place for a short break or family getaway at any time of year and the photograph below shows clearly how the description of a city by the sea is fully appropriate. Swansea Marina basin complements the promenade, housing a number of high profile buildings such as the LC2 leisure centre, the National Waterfront Museum, and most recently the Grape and Olive restaurant at the top of the highest tower in Wales boasting views both across Swansea Bay and further across the Gower itself.

Swansea marina from the air

Swansea Marina from the air © Crown copyright (2012) Visit Wales

Swansea Past and Present

Swansea is proud of its heritage as the copper mining capital of the world, but is not afraid to move forward and make the most of its prime waterfront location when welcoming the increasing number of visitors who arrive ready to enjoy both the city itself and the nearby beautiful Gower coastline.

Both business and leisure are skilfully catered for and the integration of walking and cycle routes along the front and up into town make for a leisurely visit.

Statue of Captain Cat from Under Milk Wood at Swansea Marina

Captain Cat statue at Swansea Marina © Crown copyright (2012) Visit Wales

Dylan Thomas is famous for naming Swansea an “ugly, lovely town” and anyone who has lived here for a while understands the fondness in these words. Not known for standing on ceremony, he would hopefully have enjoyed the reminders around the marina, such as the Captain Cat statue above and the Dylan Thomas Centre, which celebrate his association with the city. We don’t take ourselves too seriously here, so take the opportunity to relax and make your own decision about the loveliness around you.

National Waterfront Museum


National Waterfront Museum at Swansea Marina

National Waterfront Museum at Swansea Marina © Crown copyright (2012) Visit Wales

The National Waterfront Museum is a marvellous addition to the waterfront and is well worth a visit. There are regular activity days for children and the young at heart and this is a great place to get to grips with the interactive exhibits, which cover the human history of the area as well as the maritime and industrial heritage. Did I mention entry is free?

Lightship "Helwick". One of the floating exhibits at Swansea Museum.

Lightship “Helwick”. One of the floating exhibits at Swansea Museum. © Crown copyright (2012) Visit Wales

An interesting glimpse into the past is given by a visit to the Helwick lightship, now moored in Swansea marina basin and part of the National Waterfront Museum exhibits. Our children used to love clambering around the iron staircases, and there is a different view of the Swansea Marina from the upper deck.

LC2 Leisure Centre


LC2 Swansea Leisure Centre

LC2 Swansea Leisure Centre © Crown copyright (2012) Visit Wales

When you have soaked up enough history you will be ready to hit the leisure centre, the second building in this position, hence the name. Here you will find Wales’ biggest indoor water park, with slides numerous pools and a wave machine. Uniquely you can try your luck at surfing on the wave rider, and there is a climbing wall (separately!) if you still need to let off steam.

Add to this the numerous art galleries and restaurants nestling about the place, two more excellent museums and the choice of a beach or promenade stroll to finish off your visit and I hope you will agree that Swansea Marina deserves a place on your holiday bucket list.

If you are looking for a place to stay during your visit, then of course we hope you will consider Gower Edge for your self-catering needs – we look forward to welcoming you soon!

Additional Links


Further information about Swansea Marina

National Waterfront Museum

LC2 Leisure Centre

Gower Edge Holiday Accommodation


Bridge to the SA1 development at Swansea marina.

The bridge to the SA1 development at Swansea marina. © Crown copyright (2012) Visit Wales

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Coasteering near Rhossili

Self catering – 3 reasons to love it!

There’s no doubt about it, the reason I love self catering is for its flexibility and comfort. You can be as active or laid back as you want to be without fitting around breakfast schedules; when you want to make plans with your travelling companions you can enjoy a beverage sitting on a comfy settee rather than a bed; if the weather lets you down for a day you are protected by your own solid roof and walls and if you have a furry friend or two they can join you on your travels. I’ve enjoyed road trips from hotel to hotel and it’s fun camping, but there’s nothing quite as relaxing as settling into your own domain for a few days and becoming part of the community.

1. Self catering helps you meet up with friends and family.

One of the joys of our large house when we lived in it was getting a tribe together for a weekend. Lots of children running around, plenty of people to muck in with cooking and child-minding and lots of space to chill out and catch up with news – communal living at its best. Having a house with enough space to absorb that many people was one of the elements that made it work so well and sharing a holiday or short break with friends and family in a larger house can ensure everyone has a great time whilst keeping their own private space.

family on the beach

Meet up with friends and family. © Crown copyright (2012) Visit Wales


2. Self catering keeps meals flexible, affordable and fun.

No one enjoys a huge cooked breakfast more than I, but there are limits to the number of these the human body can take on a daily basis without falling into a deep slumber and missing the holiday! Self catering keeps eating as flexible as it is at home. Cooked breakfast every day if that floats your boat, a cup of black coffee and everything in between for the rest of us. Packed lunches avoid searching, queuing and waiting at cafes and restaurants and can be quickly assembled from what lies around you in best Blue Peter style. Take, for example, the Scooby Snack – staple diet of our beach trips when the boys were small. We are blessed in that our local corner shop sells fresh bread and a small range of fresh fruit and veg, so this became a quick and easy preliminary to setting off – a promise of the day to come!

Children enjoying an ice cream

Eat in or dine out, the choice is yours. © Crown copyright (2012) Visit Wales

If your prime reason for going on holiday is to leave the kitchen behind nothing says you have to set foot in it on a self catering holiday. There are many marvelous eateries in the Swansea and Gower area, delicious Take Away’s on the doorstep and you now even have the option of a chef cooking in your own home (more of which in a future blog). We usually do a bit of both, which helps spread the budget with two strapping teenagers to feed. What is your preference?


3. Self catering allows you to do what you want, when you want.

Trying something new keeps you young and makes a holiday stand out from the crowd. We have a wealth of activities around the Gower area and this is ever growing as we become increasingly known as a tourist destination. Try coasteering or have a taster surf lesson; book a game of golf or take a photography course; try your hand at archery or learn how to make chocolates. Mix and match with visits to local attractions, walks along the cliffs and building sandcastles at the beach and you can tailor your perfect holiday from a stable base where you can put your feet up at the end of the day and share your experiences.

Coasteering near Rhossili

Coasteering on the Gower © Crown copyright (2012) Visit Wales

Staying at a self catering home from home means that the daily acts of living can fade into the background whilst your new surroundings recharge your batteries. We hope to make your stay at Gower Edge as comfortable and easy going as possible and we are fortunate to be sited in an area which is renowned for recharging batteries. Perhaps we’ll see you here soon!

About the Author

I am the owner of Gower Edge, a pet friendly self catering property which sleeps up to 8 on the Gower Peninsula. We love taking self catering holidays ourselves in the UK, with the seaside being a favourite destination (preferably with a golf club nearby for the lads!)


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Rush, our dog, advertising Gower Edge Holidays on the beach

Welcome to Gower Edge

Well this is it, our new responsive website for our self catering holiday let. It has been on the drawing board for a while now, but came into existence over the last few days. I hope you will find it a user friendly experience and I would love any feedback you can give about what else you would like to see. I’m aiming to expand the “Out and About” section over the next few weeks so pop back and see how we are doing or keep in touch with developments via our social media buttons at the top of the page.

We run a pet friendly self catering property on the edge of the Gower Peninsula with easy access to Swansea Bay and Mumbles and if you are looking for a base for a short stay or a longer holiday we would love you to give us a look over and see if we might suit your needs. Gower Edge can sleep up to eight guests in four double bedrooms and we have three reception rooms downstairs so there is plenty of room to spread out.
Sylvia Mawby - Owner of gower edge self catering holiday cottage

See you there folks!


If you are not familiar with the area, the Gower Peninsula was the first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the UK and those who are lucky enough to have visited already will understand why. There are miles of beautiful sandy beaches along the lower edge of the Gower with amazing views across to Devon and down to Pembrey and beyond. There is moorland and marshland, wooded areas and vibrant communities all within a small footprint jutting out into the Bristol Channel. Swansea is the gateway to the Gower, a bustling, happy city with a wealth of heritage and an increasingly well known football team! If a staycation is on the cards for you this year then make sure you consider this area for a visit.

The word is out – we’ll see you there!



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