Local Points of Interest

Swansea is situated right next to the Gower Peninsula - Britain's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The coastline of Gower is a succession of rugged cliffs punctuated with beaches of a beauty great enough to make even Australians turn their heads.

Around 3 miles west of the campus along the sea-front is the charming village of Mumbles. It is a popular destination for people seeking nightlife and/or drinking establishments - which are too numerous to list. No stay in Swansea is complete without sampling a Joe's ice cream from one of the shops in Mumbles, or visiting Verdi's gelateria/coffee shop/restaurant right on the sea front.

Golfing enthusiasts will relish the thought of staying in Swansea - it is truly the St. Andrews of Wales(!) As well as many championship courses, there is even a pitch-and-putt course along the sea-front almost opposite the university main campus.

Swansea itself was once described by the poet Dylan Thomas as an "ugly, lovely town". It boasts numerous cinemas, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs as well has having a substantial shopping precinct overlooked by the ruins of a medieval castle.

Information on Swansea's weather can be found here.

On the main campus, the Taliesin Arts Centre houses a Performing Arts Theatre and Cinema. During the Institute, there will be a number of performances - check your information pack on arrival for details.

Also Swansea University's new Egypt centre is housed in the Taliesin Arts Centre.

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