Mumbles Seafront

Mumbles Seafront

On any given day when the sun is out (and more than often when it’s not) you’ll find locals and visitors alike jogging, cycling and walking along the popular promenade that runs along Mumbles Seafront. Join the crowds and stroll from Mumbles Village to the lighthouse and pier. Along the way you’ll find everything from amusement arcades and classic British cafes to fine-dining restaurants and some of the best ice cream this side of Italy. 

This wide walkway runs all the way from Mumbles to the SA1 district of Swansea city centre. Head east towards town and stop for a home made gelato at Ripples café. A mile further on, children can enjoy the safe swimming and the small playground at Black Pill Lido, while adults can out their feet up at the stylish Junction Café. This was originally the terminal for the world’s first passenger train, which ran along this seafront as early as 1806. This service may have long finished, but children still love recreating the journey on the Mumbles Land Train which runs from here to Oystermouth during the summer months. 

For a shorter walk, head west from Mumbles village towards the lighthouse. Pass by the neatly planted beds of Southend Gardens and rows of colourful fishing boats and you’ll come to Verdis, a longstanding local favourite that serves dozens of flavours of homemade Italian ice cream and gelato. Stop here for a coffee and enjoy the views across the bay, then keep walking to reach Mumbles Pier. Here you’ll find some classic seaside entertainment, with amusement arcades and a Victorian style café among the attractions. 

At high tides during the summer months you’ll see fishermen converging in this area hoping to land a prize catch of bass, mackerel or dab. The deepest waters are off the end of the pier, though be aware that fishermen are charged £5 to access these. Walkers though, can stroll along the pier for free, and the sweeping views back across the village and out towards the Mumbles Lighthouse are the perfect place to end your walk. 

The Mumbles seafront runs parallel with Mumbles Road, where you’ll find some of Mumbles’ best places to eat, with steak houses, Italian cuisine, fine-dining fish restaurants and everything in between. This stretch is also what was once known as the Mumbles Mile, though many of the pubs have now closed, and the stag and hen parties seem to favour the bars of Wind Street. This isn't neccesarily a bad thing, and you can still find several pleasant places to have a drink along ‘the mile’. The Pilot, at the very end, has its own microbrewery, while The Village Inn serves traditional pub food. 

 

If you can’t drag yourself away from the stunning sea views, choose to stay in one of the seafront hotels or B&Bs, and wake up in the morning with the smell of the ocean drifting through the window. 

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Activities

Learn to glide across the smooth waters of Swansea Bay or ride the waves at some of Gower's stunning beaches with the team at SUP Hut.
From
£40.00
Hear stories of daring rescues at sea and learn why the RLNI lifeboats have been such a vital part of this coastal community for decades when you visit the splendidly refurbished Mumbles Lifeboat Station.

Accommodation

The hotel features a creative restaurant, fitness room and luxury bedrooms with free Wi-Fi. The 5-star rooms at Patricks are stylishly decorated with rich fabrics and modern art.
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£115

Restaurants

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Located in Bracelet Bay overlooking the Mumbles Lighthouse, Castellamare offers a 120 seater restaurant serving fresh fish, steaks, chicken and pasta dishes, as well as a fine dining restaurant adjacent to the main cafe.
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Set right on the seafront in the heart of Mumbles, The George is family friendly bar/restaurant serving food and drinks throughout the day.
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The Westcross Inn sits right on the seafront at the entrance to Mumbles. Enjoy people watching from the outdoor terrace and take in the superb views over Swansea Bay and the Neath Valley.
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Set back from the seafront on Mumbles Road, the Village Inn is a traditional pub with a rustic décor, good service and great food.
Verdi's Ice Cream Parlour
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Situated on the sea front close to Mumbles Pier, Verdi's has a huge terrace with every seat enjoying spectacular panoramic views across Swansea Bay. Choose from a range of tasty Italian dishes, and be sure to leave room for an ice cream.

Beaches and Bays

Bracelet Bay, Mumbles

View towards the lighthouse from Bracelet Bay

Explore these pebbly shores and discover ancient fossils in limestone rock pools or simply find a quiet nook yourself and spend a lazy afternoon sunbathing.

Events

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On
08/04/2017 - 09:00 to 13:00
Sample some of Wales’ finest local produce, with everything from cured meats to gourmet chocolate at this charming seafront market. 
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On
13/05/2017 - 09:00 to 13:00
Sample some of Wales’ finest local produce, with everything from cured meats to gourmet chocolate at this charming seafront market. 
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On
10/06/2017 - 09:00 to 13:00
Sample some of Wales’ finest local produce, with everything from cured meats to gourmet chocolate at this charming seafront market. 
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On
08/07/2017 - 09:00 to 13:00
Sample some of Wales’ finest local produce, with everything from cured meats to gourmet chocolate at this charming seafront market. 
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On
12/08/2017 - 09:00 to 13:00
Sample some of Wales’ finest local produce, with everything from cured meats to gourmet chocolate at this charming seafront market. 
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Travel Tips and Articles

Taken from the hilltop to the right of the Big Apple
John Jenkins | SwanseaPhotos.com
Posted on 17-06-2014
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Walk in the footsteps of the old lighthouse keepers and wander over to the iconic Mumbles Lighthouse to enjoy superb views across Swansea Bay and learn its fascinating history of shipwrecks and storms.