Hotels in Gower Peninsula
As part of the city of Swansea, the Gower Peninsula is one of south Wales' Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). In fact, it was the first AONB in the UK, designated back in 1956. It has a long history going back to the Stone Age, and is where the first discovered fossil in the world was unearthed by Victorian architects.
No matter how far across the peninsula you venture in a day, there are likely to be Gower Peninsula hotels nearby to rest at.
Gower Peninsula sightseeing
The peninsula is 19 miles long, and starts at The Mumbles – an arty, cosmopolitan area known for its unusual name as much as its culture. Mumbles Pier was built during the Victorian era, and still has that traditional seaside holiday atmosphere.
You might recognise Three Cliffs Bay when you get there, as it's one of the most photographed sights in the area.
A third of the peninsula in total is designated as either a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) or a National Nature Reserve. The limestone cliffs, saltwater and freshwater marshes and the rolling grassy hills create vital habitats for wildlife.
Activities and watersports
Walking isn't the only way to experience the Gower Peninsula. The coastline is scenic and very well maintained, yet there's more enjoyment to be had if you venture into the water.
Llangennith Beach is a popular spot for surfing, and you can also see lots of families and dog walkers enjoying the sands. It has its own webcam, so you're able to see what the weather and water conditions are like before you set off.
Take the family to Blackpill Lido and enjoy the thrill of outdoor water park rides. There's a kids pool and play area, climbing rocks and space to sit down with a picnic. It's open from early summer until September.
Swansea and Wales
The city of Swansea is where you'll find the National Waterfront Museum and the Grand Theatre. Another key arts venue is the Dylan Thomas Centre, named after the famous Swansea poet and dedicated to his life and work.
Swansea isn't far from the western end of the M4, which runs to Port Talbot, Cardiff, Newport, and into England via Bristol.
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