Located at the tip of Swansea Bay and surrounded by beaches, the village of Mumbles has been Swansea’s seaside resort ever since the early 19th century, when the world’s first passenger railway used to carry weekenders for a taste of sea air.
Its popularity continues to the present day and you will have no trouble finding a plusher-than-average pillow to rest your head or a tasty menu to choose from for your evening meal, not to mention oodles of rustic charm down almost every street. Despite its popularity with holidaymakers, the village retains a strong sense of its own identity and has a vibrant local community; ironically something that just makes it all the more appealing.
Shoppers can spend days perusing the boutique stores along Newton Road. High-end fashion, arts and crafts from the superb Oyster Gallery and all the fresh produce you could ever need are on sale in over 100 independent stores. When it’s time to put your feet up you can choose from several superb cafes. Mumbles Coffee in Oystermouth Arcade does a great espresso, while Ty Junction and Cafe Valance are other local favourites. You’ll find more shops tucked away in Queens Road and Dunns Lane, while the monthly Farmers Market sees the best produce for miles around converge on the seafront.
Take a walk through the narrow back streets to discover rows of colourful fisherman’s cottages and sweeping views across Swansea Bay. For the best vistas, head to Mumbles Hill nature reserve above the village.
When evening comes take your pick from the variety of great restaurants. You’ll find everything from pizza parlours and curry houses to high-end fish restaurants and organic cafes along the two main streets. If you want to round off your day with a drink you can choose between trendy wine bars and local pubs brimming with character.
You’ll find accommodation options to suit every budget, from the luxury rooms at Patricks to affordable B&Bs and self-catering options, all within easy walking distance of the shops, restaurants, pubs and beaches.