Swansea and the Gower Peninsula
A Welsh city with great industrial past and an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” on its doorstep
by Gerald Prater
5th December 2008





Swansea, Wales
Swansea Pronunciation swan's y Local Name Abertawe
Population (2005 est) 226,400 (the second largest city in Wales)
 
Dialing Code 01792
Newspapers Evening Post; Swansea Herald Radio Stations 3
 
Natural Resources coal, limestone
Principal Industries tourism, commercial services, high technology, public administration, education, health
 
Rail Service South Wales Main Line; West Wales Line; First Great Western Inter-CityAirport Swansea Airport
Ferry Service Swansea Cork Ferries
 
Comprehensive Schools 15 Independent Schools Ffynone House
Institutions of Higher Learning Bible College of Wales, Gorseinon College, Swansea College, Swansea Institute of Higher Education, Swansea University
 
Sites and Attractions Brangwyn Hall, Dylan Thomas Centre, Environmental Centre, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Liberty Stadium, National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Castle, Patti Pavillion, Penyrheol Leisure Centre, Singleton Park, Swansea Grand Theatre, Swansea Museum, Wales National Pool
 
Professional Sports cricket, Glamorgan County Cricket Club; football, Swansea City A.F.C. Swans; rugby, Neath-Swansea Ospreys; Welsh football, Garden Village F.C. and West End F.C.
 
Notable Swanseans Mary Balogh (author), Russell T. Davies (scriptwriter and producer), Pete Ham (rock musician), Michael Heseltine (politician), Andrew Jones (screenwriter and director), Enzo Maccarinelli (boxer), Mal Pope (singer/songwriter), Sir Harry Secombe (entertainer), Dylan Thomas (poet), Bonnie Tyler (singer), Rowan Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury), Catherine Zeta-Jones (actress)