Adventures around Swanseawith PlusBus

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What could be better than a city by the sea? Swansea’s underrated charms include five miles of gentle sandy beach, a host of great pubs and cafés, and some world-class museums. Best of all, with a PlusBus ticket, you can reach the beautiful Gower peninsula and spot seals in the bays below as you walk the coast path through wild flowers and butterflies. You can explore the Victorian pier at Mumbles, the characterful village full of galleries, ruined Oystermouth castle and much more. These are just a few of the hundreds of adventures you can have with a PlusBus ticket around Swansea.

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  • Great for: castles | coast | countryside | family fun | food and drink | museums |
  • Refreshments: lots of fabulous restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • Please note: researched/updated in December 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. More of the Gower peninsula

    Your PlusBus ticket is valid as far as the village of Southgate on the Gower peninsula, meaning you can explore some more of the beautiful coastal countryside close to Swansea. These rural services runs less frequently than the city buses so you might have to be a bit more careful about planning. A map or navigational phone app might be useful and this website about exploring the area without a car is a great help too.  The views are really worth it!

    • Getting to the Gower: Bus 14 runs a few times per day to the village of Southgate, a gateway to the Wales Coast Path. Get off at Pennard Cliffs Terminus bus stop to walk a mile or so along the coast path and back for spectacular scenery. A similar walk is outlined in more detail here by the National Trust. The way-marked clifftop coast path runs through gorse bushes and bracken above a series of idyllic coves like Pobbles Beach and Three Cliffs Bay, which takes its name from the three distinctive jagged limestone rocks at one side of the beach. At low tide, you can explore the sea cave under them with its rock pools and sea creatures as well as areas of salt marsh, carpeted in samphire and sea lavender. There are various ways down or, after about a mile from the bus stop, stepping stones lead the coast path over the Pennard Pill river onto the beach. There are also lovely walks beside this river, with views of ruined Pennard Castle on the clifftop.
    • Refreshments: There are two cafés very near the Pennard Cliffs bus stop in Southgate – particularly handy if you need to wait for the bus. The Lookout Three Cliffs has breakfast until noon, pizzas until 6pm and lots more, while at the Three Cliffs Coffee Shop, almost next door, you can have homemade cake, Welsh rarebit or fishcakes with lemon dip.
    • And more: Another great trip out of town with PlusBus is to Loughor Castle, overlooking the wide River Loughor and the viaduct across it. Bus 111 from Swansea bus station stops just next to the castle ruins, which are open and free to visit without booking. A short stroll from here beside the estuary (with water on your left) brings you to the Riverview cafe at the boating club.