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A-Z parks and nature reserves

Find out more about the parks, gardens and nature reserves around Swansea.

Argyll Gardens

Small town park with mature trees, benches, toilets and flower/shrub beds situated next to the main bus stop in Gorseinon.


These two sites, Ashlands and Bandfield are adjacent to each other. There are football pitches and playing fields.

Barlands Common

A small (14.6 hectares) secluded common with footpaths linking to Fairwood Common and Clyne Common. Situated adjacent to Barlands Common on the B4436.

Bishop's Wood Local Nature Reserve

Bishop's Wood Local Nature Reserve is comprised of 46 acres (19 hectares) of woodland and limestone grassland.

Bishopston Valley

Bishopston Valley (near to Bishopston village), owned and managed by the National Trust, actually runs from Kittle in the north to Pwll Du Bay in the south.

Blackpill SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and Wildlife Centre

In 1986 Blackpill beach was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in recognition of its importance for local and migratory birds who stop over during the winter to refuel on their global journeys from Africa to Greenland and the Russian Steppe.

Blaenymaes Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

An urban park situated in the heart of Blaenymaes. It offers great family activities for both younger and older children.

Bonymaen Park

Set in the urban area of north east Swansea, Bonymaen Park is a focal point to the local community. It has a number of facilities that will appeal to all age groups.

Bracelet Bay

Bracelet Bay is home to the Coastguard Station and the Mumbles Lighthouse, with views across the Bristol Channel to Devon on a clear day.

Broughton, Hillend and Llangennith Burrows

This is an extensive area of coastal sand dunes supporting many protected wildlife species. It is adjacent to Llangennith Beach and Llangennith Moors. The latter also being a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).

Bryn Lliw Grasslands and Mynydd Lliw Common

Mynydd Lliw is common land that is predominantly old spoil heaps which have vegetation regeneration.

Brynmelyn Park

A small city centre oasis in Waun Wen.

Brynmill Park

An extremely popular urban park. As well as having some superb facilities, the park also has a unique outdoor classroom, the Discovery Centre.

Bryn Y Don Park

Situated in the heart of the Waun Wen with extensive views over the city it is no wonder why Bryn Y Don Park is much-loved by local residents.

Cadle Heath Local Nature Reserve

Cadle Heath Local Nature Reserve is one of the best examples of urban heath in the country.

Cefn Bryn

Cefn Bryn is a 5-mile long ridge of common land, known locally as the backbone of Gower. One of the main attractions of the Bryn is a large Neolithic monument called Arthur's Stone not far from the summit of the ridge.

Clase Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

This recreational ground, situated north of the city, is located within a busy community housing area and provides children with an open space to run around.

Clyne Common and Mansel Green

This is a large area of common land (286 hectares) crossed by the B4436, with the development of West Cross and Mayals on the eastern boundary of Clyne Common and the village of Murton abutting Mansel Green to the south west.

Clyne Gardens

Clyne Gardens contains varied National Collections of plants set in beautiful parkland. Internationally famous for its superb collections of Rhododendrons, Pieris and Enkianthus, the gardens offer a haven of tranquility, lush planting and interesting features.

Clyne Valley Country Park

Clyne Valley Country Park is the city's only country park. Within its 700 acres you will find a very varied landscape ranging from open and wooded hillsides, steep gorges and quarries to meadowland and wet valley floor.

Cockett Woods

A pleasant park of mature trees and woodland which is immediately adjacent to a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation called Cockett Wheels and Park which is oak dominated woodland grading into alder dominated valley floor.

Coed Bach Park

Situated in the north of the county, this park includes a range of well-equipped facilities that will keep all the family occupied.

Coed Gwilym Park

Situated in the north east of the county, the park includes a variety of high quality facilities. With a superb range of sports facilities as well as beautiful walking trails and a flower garden.

Crymlyn Quarry Wood

Crymlyn Quarry Wood is a small broadleaved woodland and meadow area.

Cwm Level Park and Playing Fields

There are mature trees around the perimeter of this grass area. There are 2 football pitches available to book, winter only (Sept - April inclusive), a small playground and large grass area adjacent to football pitch, although it can be very wet.

Cwmbwrla Park

This big open park situated north of Swansea city centre is a great spot for stretching your legs and walking the dog.

Cwmdonkin Park

Cwmdonkin Park is a beautiful park situated in the heart of the city. The park has recently benefited from an extensive regeneration programme with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund, Visit Wales and the City and County of Swansea.

Cwmllwyd Wood Local Nature Reserve

Managed for wildlife and people Cwmllwyd Wood lies on the southern slope of Cockett Valley about two miles from Swansea.

Dunvant Brickworks

The site of the old brickworks and quarry is now a broadleaved woodland with a pond, meadow, heath, rocky outcrops and remains of buildings from the old brickworks.

Dunvant Park

This park offers a range of activities from the bowling green to the children's play area, the park provides a community with a place to meet and play.

Elba Woodlands

The Elba Woodlands are a small area of natural trees that have evolved in a corner of the Elba Playing field site.

Elba Sports Complex

This activities park has a huge number of courts, pitches and facilities for a number of outdoor sports.

Fendrod Lake

Fendrod Lake occupies an area of 13 acres in the heart of the Swansea Enterprise Park.

Graig y Coed

This area encompasses a community woodland, being developed under the North Gower Woodlands Project, and playing fields.

Hafod Park

A large open green space with excellent facilities for both younger and older children. Also, plenty of room to walk the dog and stretch your legs.

Hardings Down

Hardings Down (owned by Llangennith Manors) is an open heathland hill site covering approximately 65 hectares. It was largely inaccessible until recently due to the height and density of bracken coverage.

Hendrefoilan Wood

A mix of broadleaved woodland and plantation remaining from the clearance of the original valley woodland a few decades ago to construct the adjoining housing site and student village.

Heol Las Park

Set within the Birchgrove area of Swansea, this park boasts a spacious recreational ground and children's play area, offering the young people of the area the facilities to play, whatever their interest.

Hillside Wildlife Corridor including Rosehill Quarry

Hillside Wildlife Corridor is an extensive area (27 hectares) of natural open space, just one mile from Swansea City Centre.

Jersey Park

Jersey Park has a range of facilities to enjoy. This out-of-city park provides a valued service to the local community of St Thomas and Dan-y-Craig.

Killay Marsh Local Nature Reserve

Killay Marsh covers covers 21.3 acres (8.62 hectares) and comprises of a mosaic of habitats and has some superb examples of many threatened and protected wetland habitats.

Kilvey Hill

Kilvey Hill, a large (3 km2­) prominent site on the east side of Swansea, is a community woodland managed by Kilvey Community Woodland Volunteers, Forest Enterprise and the City and County of Swansea.

King George V Playing Fields (Mumbles Road)

This site is predominantly sports pitches. There are trees around the perimeter. There is open access to the site.

Knelston Marsh

Knelston Marsh is an important area of high quality rush pasture surrounded by arable land and improved grassland.

Langland Bay Amenity Areas

Adjacent to the attractive sands of Langland Bay are tennis courts, a seaside promenade, beach huts, pleasant shrub area and seating.

Langland Cliffs

These cliffs stretch from the east of Langland Bay to Limeslade.

Leadfield, Ffynnon Deml

In contrast to the designed landscape of the neighbouring Morriston Park, this is a large area of open grassland (currently grazed by ponies) with a boggy area that provides a great habitat for amphibians like frogs, toads and newts.

Llangyfelach Common

Site dissected by major roads just north of Junction 46 of M4 and adjacent to the Park and Ride car park.

Llanmadoc Hill and Tankey Lake Moor

Situated at the western end of the Gower Peninsula, located between the small settlements of Llanmadoc and Cheriton to the northeast, and Llangennith to the southwest.

Lliw Reservoirs - Upper and Lower

The reservoirs lie within an area of stunning mountain scenery that characterises the Mawr, north of Swansea.

Llys Nini

Llys Nini is owned by the Llys Nini branch of the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA), which is the base for an animal centre.

Loughor Castle

This small park, less than a hectare in size, features the stone remains of Loughor Castle.

Loughor Foreshore

This is a pleasant grassy area with plenty of trees, which as the name would suggest is adjacent to the Loughor Estuary.

Manselton Park

Small urban park with mature trees, open grass areas, a playground, benches and bowling green managed by the local bowling club.

Mawr/Swansea Uplands

Mawr/Swansea Uplands: including Cefn Drum, Graig Fawr, Goppa Hill, Pentwyn Mawr, Mynydd Pysgodlyn, Mynydd Y Gwair, Land northwest of Clydach, Banc Darren Fawr.

Mayhill Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

This small activities park is located next to the community and family centres within this area of Swansea.


Millwood is a 126-hectare woodland that is predominately broadleaf.

Morriston Park

An excellent park with a diverse range of facilities which appeal to all ages, from feeding the ducks to skate jumps.

Mumbles Hill Local Nature Reserve

The 23 hectares of Mumbles Hill was declared a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in 1991 to protect the site for both wildlife and people.

Mynydd Bach Common

Mynydd Bach Common is on the urban fringe north of Mynydd Bach School (Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Tirdeunaw), two cemeteries, housing and farmland.

Mynydd Bach y Cocs (linked to Fairwood Common)

This common is 65 hectares in size and linked by a footpath to Gelli Hir Woods - a Wildlife Trust owned and managed site.

Mynydd Bach Y Glo

This is a 34 hectare area of common land, bisected by a railway, containing a range of habitats and is of particular importance due to its location on the urban fringe.

Mynydd Cadle Common

Mynydd Cadle Common is located on the urban fringe of Penderry.

Mynydd Garn Goch

This is a 182 hectare site on the edge of the industrial estate in Penllergaer. Gowerton Road (A484), Swansea Road (B4620) and Hospital Road cross the site.

Mynydd Gelliwastad, Ryddwen Common and Homelean Wood

Mynydd Gelliwastad is a long narrow hill (79.4 hectares) providing lovely views of both sides of valley.

Newton Cliffs and Summerland Cliffs

This is an area of common land covering 35 hectares of cliff side, situated between Langland Bay and Caswell Bay.

Oystermouth Cemetery and Castle, including Peel Wood

This area encompasses Peel Wood, the cemetery including woodland burial site and the castle grounds.

Parc Llewelyn

A fabulous community park based in the east of the city with a multi-use games area and a kick-about space.

Parc Melin Mynach

Parc Melin Mynach, also known as Monks' Mill, is a landscape of historic interest, with features of industrial heritage, which over time has developed mature tree cover.

Parc Williams

Set within walking distance from Loughor Castle, Parc Williams offers a great deal of facilities for a number of outdoor activities.

Parc y Werin

With two bowling greens and football pitch, Parc y Werin has a number of great facilities to engage and keep visitors of all ages active.

Park Wood

Park Wood is a popular woodland (164 hectares in area) situated within the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Pengwern Common and Fairwood Common

Pengwern and Fairwood are two large areas of adjacent common land (total of 157 hectares and 462 hectares respectively) consisting of wet heathy grassland, marshy grassland with bracken and scrub on the higher ground.

Penlan Slopes

Penlan slopes is surrounded by urban development of Penlan and Brynhyfryd and is predominately composed of dry heath/acid grassland mosaic with smaller areas dominated by scrub and amenity grassland.

Penllergaer Forest

Penllergaer Forest, owned by the Forestry Commission Wales, is a relatively large area (approximately 193 hectares) of woodland, considered to be of considerable community value.

Penllergare Valley Woods

On the northern fringe of Swansea, and within sight of the M4 motorway, lies Penllergare Valley Woods.

Penmaen and Nicholaston Burrows

Penmaen Burrows has a number of important archaeological remains and its position between Three Cliffs Bay and Oxwich Bay makes it a very scenic walk.

Pennard Cliffs and Burrows (Three Cliffs Bay)

Pennard Cliffs (predominantly owned by the National Trust) are a rugged and wildly beautiful stretch of coast on South Gower, with the much photographed Three Cliffs Bay at one end and the equally picturesque Pwll Du Bay at the other end, an approximate distance of 4 miles apart.

Pontlliw Park

This park is located towards the north of the county in the village of Pontlliw.

Primrose Park

Primrose Park is a small leafy park in Llansamlet.

Pwll Du Local Nature Reserve

Comprising of a narrow strip of flat land on top of the cliffs and the slope down to the sea washed rocks, Pwll Du Local Nature Reserve supports a variety of important habitats and plants.

Ravenhill Park

This interesting park has a number of features including a basketball court and concrete amphitheatre.

Rhossili Down and Rhossili Cliffs

At the tip of the Gower Peninsula is the sweeping bay of Rhossili. With the bones of a shipwreck and the tidal island of Worm's Head revealed at low tide, the best way to take it all in is to follow the 200m climb above the bay to Rhossili Down Commons. From here, the views are simply magnificent.

Ryers Down

Ryers Down (owned by the National Trust) is a 68ha area of common land.

Shaw's Community Woodland

Shaw's Wood was a Victorian Tree Nursery and Market Garden (1870-1918) created by Yorkshiremen, brothers, John and William Shaw.

Singleton Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens house one of Wales' premier plant collections, with spectacular herbaceous borders and large glasshouses.

Singleton Park

A must visit for families of all ages. Singleton Park has acres of simple, unadorned green space.

Sketty Park Woods

Sketty Park Woods encompasses a group of 5 small local woods in the Sketty area of Swansea, two of which are easily accessible.

South Gower Coast, Rhossili to Oxwich

This stretch of coast is rich in wildlife and history and is a stunning and varied landscape of cliff scenery, woodland and dunes.

Southend Gardens

A fabulous community park based in Mumbles. Sit back and enjoy the scenery over Swansea Bay whilst the children have fun on the excellent play facilities.

St James Gardens

A small, formal, town mews park with mature trees and seating.

Stafford Common

This common is a mosaic of lowland heath and marshy grassland. Part of the site is mown grass with some sports pitches.

Swansea Canal

Swansea Canal is an attractive green corridor and pleasant setting for a stroll.

Swansea Bay

The wildlife, natural and historical features of Swansea Bay provide an exceptionally high quality environment in which to live, work and develop sustainable tourism.

Swansea Vale Nature Reserve

Swansea Vale Nature Reserve is situated in Swansea Vale, a suburb in northeast Swansea.

Tennant Canal

The Tennant Canal is 8 miles in length from Port Tennant, Swansea to its junction with the Neath Canal at Aberdulais and makes a very pleasant and tranquil walk through unspoilt landscapes despite its industrial associations.

The Wern and the Rallt

These are 5 small, separate pockets of common land in the Llanmorlais/Blue Anchor area.

Townhill Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

An open space in Townhill.

Trallwn Marshy Grassland including Halfway Park

Trallwn Marshy Grasslands is an area of approximately 23 hectares of semi-improved and improved grassland, conifer plantation (Trallwn Woods) and scrub surrounded by urban development.

Trewyddfa Slopes

The northern portion of the site is composed of a mosaic of bracken dominated scrub and marshy grassland.

Underhill Park

Situated in the heart of Mumbles, this park is the perfect place for a family kick-about or relaxing walk with the dog.

Victoria Park

A compact, beautiful urban park situated between the city centre and Mumbles.

Washinghouse Brook (woodlands)

The brook runs through this attractive, predominantly oak and hazel woodland, which are home to birds such as tawny owl, green woodpecker, dunnock, song thrush, greenfinch, goldfinch and bullfinch.

Waverley Park

An urban park with woodland and a cricket pitch on the outskirts of Clydach.

Welsh Moor and Forest Common

These commons are a mosaic of damp acid grassland and drier heath. They are generally very quiet commons, off the beaten track, secluded by scrub and trees.

West Cross Skate Park

Located along the Swansea Bay foreshore between Blackpill Lido and West Cross, West Cross Skate Park provides a safe environment for skaters and BMX riders, to come together and practice their skills.

West Cross Woodland

This is a mid-sized wooded park with a pleasant stream running through.

Whiteford Burrows National Nature Reserve and Llanrhidian Saltmarsh

Owned by the National Trust, Llanrhidian Marsh and Whiteford Burrows are outstanding both for their landscape beauty and for their wildlife.

Ynystawe Park

A green and luscious park located along the banks of the River Tawe, Ynystawe has a variety of facilities for all ages.

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