Mumbles is a large village that also includes the settlements of Newton, Westcross, Mayals and Oystermouth.
If you like galleries, performances, boutiques and beauty, fabulous restaurants and cosy real ale pubs then Mumbles is the place for you. Once known best for the mumbles mile, the town is still popular because there are so many pubs and restaurants in a small area, nicknamed the Monaco of Wales, due to the wealth of its inhabitants, celebrity clientele and fashionable boutiques.
History of Mumbles
Oystermouth Railway was set up to transport coal in 1806. The first horse-drawn passenger service was opened in 1807 and Mumbles grew into an extremely popular tourist destination after the turn of the Century. Mumbles Pier was opened in 1898, primarily to relieve pressure on Swansea Docks but soon became used for leisure purposes. The lifeboat slipway was added in 1916 and the new Lifeboat Station was added in 2014 and is worth a visit. The ever-popular amusement arcades were built in 1966.
The Pier Today
Starting Summer 2018, Mumbles pier will be partially demolished and the redeveloped at a cost of 3.2 million pounds, it will see the decked space for the public use made much larger on the landside of the pier.
This Norman castle was already a ruin by 1650. The castle was then preserved and partially restored by George Grant Francis in the 1840’s when the Duke of Beaufort owned it. By 1927 he had given it to Swansea Corporation. Oystermouth Castle underwent a 1 million pound transformation in 2011.
“The scheme includes new visitor facilities, an educational space, improvements to access and a 30-foot high glass viewing platform and bridge that leads to Alina’s Chapel.”
It is now used for open-air events, theatre, and concerts.
A beautiful park with, impressive plants and sea views, leading to a woodland park.
Mumbles Islands from the Pier
This Italian restaurant and ice cream parlour has stunning views of Swansea Bay, and due to its floor to ceiling glass windows, it is popular even on a cold and rainy day. The food comes quick, allowing for more time sightseeing, and the food is tasty and the service is fabulous.
On Mumbles Pier find the steps leading to a little beach that links to the two islands at low tide.
A safe family friendly cycle path runs along the coast from Swansea Marina to Mumbles. Clyne Valley Cycle Path continues towards Gowerton and on towards Kidwelly after a short stretch of Road. This means that you could get from Ystradgynlais to Kidwelly without having to go on may roads at all.
You can park in one of several Car parks where tickets will cost you between £2.00 and £3.00 for an hour.
On Sunny days beware sometimes the whole of South Wales seems to decide to head for the Mumbles and the Gower and also during rush hour it can be slow going entering or leaving the village, allow extra time for your journey