Ask someone what they know about Swansea, and they will probably mention Dylan Thomas, Catherine Zeta Jones, The Swans (football) or The Ospreys (rugby). There is much more to discover. History is a major part of Swansea, from the castle ruins in the city, to rural havens with churches dating back as far as the Anglo Saxons in 1200.

Gower is the best known rural part of Swansea, As Britain's first official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it is easy to see why. Rhossili Bay was voted The Best Beach in the UK in 2013. It is easily accessible from Llangennith, and is a beach famous for its surf, with miles of sand, and amazing views.

If you are looking for activities for a day with your family, the list is almost endless. Swansea Museum is based over 4 locations and entry is free, smaller children will particularly enjoy the boats (floating in the Marina), and the Tramshed - where a double decker Tram is on display. There is also Singleton Park with Play Area, Crazy Golf, Pedaloes and lots of space for them to run around and play - keep a look out for the swans and ducks on the lake. If the weather is good, you can try surfing lessons at Llangennith Beach, and when the weather is less obliging there is also the Leisure Centre in the city itself. There are miles of cycle track in Mumbles, where you can also find a wonderful Ice Cream Parlour - Joe's Ice Cream.

Life runs at two differing paces in Swansea: that of the rush and bustle of the city and that of the rural villages, where a bus should come eventually but probably not after 7pm! From wine bars and nightclubs, to quaint pubs and secluded eateries, Swansea has something for everyone. There is far too much to possibly list here, so please feel free to make use of our listings of things to do, shops, restaurants and much, much more.

Your Local editor is Emma and you can contact her at: swansea@mumsnetlocal.com

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