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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 Bay is nationally important for its wildlife and habitats. The character of Swansea Bay is a blend of many factors, past and present, including physical geology, natural processes and climate, built environment and wildlife. 

At 10.4m Swansea Bay has the second highest tidal range in the world. At each low tide, a large expanse of seashore is uncovered and waiting to be discovered along the 8km long, main sweep of the bay. Out of the 19 main beaches in the county, Swansea Beach is the longest.

Swansea Bay SINC (Site of Importance for Nature Conservation) stretches across the whole bay, from the dunes near Swansea Marina to Mumbles Pier. This designation helps to conserve nationally important habitats and species such as sea stock and is of particular importance for rare inhabiting invertebrates e.g. whorl snail.


The promenade a great way to access and enjoy many of the facilities of Swansea Bay, with fabulous views.  



Access information

OS Explorer Map 165 Swansea/Abertawe

On foot

The promenade is easily accessible on foot and is a lovely surfaced, flat route for wheelchairs/pushchairs.


There are several car parks (mostly pay and display) off Mumbles Road and Oystermouth Road, adjacent to the promenade.


There are several bus stops along Mumbles Road and Oystermouth Road (B4067) which run adjacent to the promenade.


The whole promenade is open to cyclists.

Swansea Bay Rider Land Train

The Swansea Bay Rider Land Train operates during the summer from Mumbles to Blackpill.