Dating back to 1898 and located at the South Eastern tip of Swansea Bay, Mumbles Pier is one of Swansea’s oldest and most famous landmarks. Originally the pier was a terminal for both the world’s first passenger railway and the White Funnel, a paddle steamer that transported tourists along the River Severn and Bristol Channel. Nowadays it remains one of Mumbles' most popular attractions, drawing walkers, families and fishermen hoping to catch their dinner from the deep waters at the end of the pier.
Time your visit right to witness a spectacular lifeboat launch from the newly built, state of the art RNLI lifeboat station or wander down to the private beach for a walk under the pier at low tide or over to the Mumbles Lighthouse. Top your visit off with an ice cream or traditional fish and chips on the terrace from the Victorian style Beach Hut Café.
If you're visiting with a family then be sure to call in at the amusement arcade. Children can enjoy a mix of traditional favourites such as two-penny slot machines and new activities like bowling and computer games.
Keen fishermen should take a walk to the end of the pier, where the deep waters make for the perfect place to drop in a line. Mackerel, bass, grouper and more are just some of the many species landed here. Call in at Basstastic located opposite the arcade and ask which bait will help you land the fish you want for your dinner. High tide is the time drop in a line. Note that you have to pay £5 if you want to fish off the pier.
Couples should take a romantic, evening stroll to the end of the pier and watch the lights of Mumbles switch on over the bay and the beam of the lighthouse start to sweep across the sea.
The official pier website is at http://www.mumbles-pier.co.uk/ where you can find opening times and other information.