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What to see by foot: Swansea

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It is worthwhile to hire a bicycle and ride along the five mile perimeter of the bay from the Maritime Quarter to Swansea's Victorian seaside resort of Mumbles. This is the same route that the world's first railway service followed in 1807. The views around the bay are spectacular and there are plenty of places to stop and grab a bite or simply sit in a café.

There are two castles worth visiting within the city: Swansea Castle and Oystermouth Castle. Swansea Castle originally was a centre of administration, as well as residence, but was badly destroyed in the 14th century. In the 19th century the castle was still in use, as a debtor's prison. Oystermouth Castle, which was originally called Ystumllwynarth, is one of the best preserved castles in Wales. The present castle is Norman stronghold dating back to the 12th century. From the castle the views are simply magnificent, overlooking Swansea Bay. In the summer months opera and Shakespearean performances take place here, using the castle as a backdrop.

Swansea city and county boast over 54 public parks and although Clyne Gardens and Country Park is considered the prettiest, Cwmdonkin is another park worth visiting. With beautiful seaside views, it inspired the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas who wrote Return Journey and The Hunchback In The Park here. The park has a beautiful Italian water garden, bowling green and tennis courts.

In the city centre, visit Plantasia, an indoor park consisting of exotic species encased in a climactically controlled glass pyramid. This park sustains some 5,000 fauna specimens throughout its computer regulated zones, such as arid, desert and rainforest. The park also boasts a butterfly house, tropical fish, and insect and reptile displays.

There are two museums within the Maritime Quarter worth visiting: the Swansea Maritime Museum and the Swansea Museum. The Maritime Museum includes Wales' largest display of floating exhibits, a working woollen mill, transport displays and a tram shed containing an exhibition devoted to Mumbles Train - the world's first fare paying passenger railway. The Swansea Museum includes a priceless collection of rare Swansea and Nantgarw porcelain, a cabinet of curiosities, dinosaur skeleton and the 4,000 year old mummy of the Egyptian priest Hor.

Swansea Market, on Oxford Street, is one of the largest indoor markets in the southern UK. A wonderful place to browse, stroll and shop, there are many shops and stalls here, selling everything from local produce to jewellery, art, crafts and souvenirs.

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Holiday Inn Swansea

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Swansea Marriott Hotel

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