General

Wales Tourist Authority

Gower Information

Other Gower Information

Visitor Attractions

Gower Heritage Centre

Plantasia

Glyn Vivian Art Gallery

Dylan Thomas Centre

National Waterfront Museum

National Showcaves Centre for Wales

St. Fagans National History Museum

Oakwood Leisure Park

National Botanic Gardens of Wales

National Wetland Centre Wales

Water Sports

Welsh Surfing Federation Surf School

Gower Surfing Development

Progress Surfing

Bay Watersports

Gower Kite Riders

Sport Venues

Wales National Pool

Perriswood Archery Centre

Swansea Indoor Climbing Centre

Liberty Stadium

Riding

Parc Le Breos Riding Centre

Golf

Fairwood Golf Club

Flying

Swansea Sport Flying

Sea Fishing

Enterprise Fishing

Boats and Sailing

Gower Coast Adventures

Mumbles Sailing School

Euphoria Sailing

Rainbow Sailing School

 

Pony Trekking

Parc-le-Breos Pony Trekking 

 

Parc-le-Breos House, Parkmill, Gower, Swansea, SA3 2HA
Category: Horse riding & related

Tel: 01792 371636
Email:
info@parc-le-breos.co.uk
Website: http://www.parc-le-breos.co.uk

Explore Gower on horseback. Beach rides, pub rides, picnic rides. A great day out for all. BHS and WTRA accredited.

Great Gower Outdoors.com 

Clyne Farm Centre, Westport Avenue, Mayals, Swansea, SA3 5AR
Category: Climbing, Cycling and Mountain-biking, Horse riding & related, Multi-Activity Operators, Quad Biking, Sailing & Yachting, Surfing, Water Fun

Tel: 01792 403333
Email:
info@greatgoweroutdoors.com
Website: http://www.greatgoweroutdoors.com

Your one stop for riding and activity bookings! Choose from being in the sea, on the sea, on the waves, on the cliffs or on inland activities with a difference. Visit our website for details. BAHA and WTRA accredited.

Surfing

If it's surfing you have come for then you are at the right place. Llangennith, 5 mins drive, is seen by many as a great place to surf in Wales.

Welsh Surfing Federation Surf School

The Welsh Surfing Federation Surf School is based in Llangennith, Gower, Wales.  It is a non-profit organisation that takes the role of fund raising to promote surfing in Wales. The WSF surf school is charged with the education of new surfers to the safe, enjoyable use of the sea and to environmental awareness.

The Surf School operates from April to October, full time during school summer holidays from the end of July to the beginning of September and at weekends outside of these times. Additional courses outside of these dates can also be arranged on request.

For the latest prices and offers visit www.wsfsurfschool.co.uk

PJ's surf shop

A visit to Llangennith would not be complete without a visit to Peter Jones's surf shop!.

See www.pjsurfshop.co.uk

Gower Surf School, Newton, Mumbles, 01792 360370 www.surfgsd.com

Welsh Surfing Federation, Welsh Surf School, Llangennith, 01792 386426  www.wsfsurfschool.co.uk

Cinema

The latest cinema to open in Swansea, with around twelve screens, is Vue Cinemalocated in York Street, close to the nice restaurants and bars of Wind St. This is around 5 mins walk to Swansea covered Market or the Swansea Marina.

http://www.myvue.com/swansea

Swansea's other decent cinema complex is the Swansea Odeon at Parc Tawe, City Centre - 25mins drive (also has ten-pin bowling alley), again walking distance from Wind Street restaurants.

Swansea University's Taliesin Theatre shows films including many award winning subtitled and alternative interest films and a diverse mix of theatre productions. Combine a visit with a trip to a restaurant, ice-cream or fish’n’chips in Mumbles.

http://www.odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s19

Llanelli (30 mins by car) has a cinema too, Theatre Elli at Station Road. Llanelli is a lovely friendly town and the cinema is close to the shopping including Llanelli covered market. http://www.carmarthenshiretheatres.co.uk/contact_elli.htm

FILM GUIDE: See what’s happening on the film scene at http://www.empireonline.com/

Theatre

If you want true West End standard Cardiff's 'Wales Millenium Centre' really is worth a visit (1 hr 10 mins drive from Llanmadoc). The WMC is the closest top drawer theatre/concert hall offering genuinely world class cultural events including Opera, West End Musicals, and matching anything London has to offer certainly for facilities and sometimes for content. Several Car Parks nearby. Having visited several venues across England we think you'll agree that WMC matches anything in the UK outside London, and it's setting at Cardiff Bay with great restaurants overlooking the waterfront makes this worth an evening out of Gower.

Bristol Hippodrome (1 hr 30 mins drive from Llanmadoc), puts on some really great West End Standard shows - we recently saw Starlight Express at Bristol. NCP Multi Storey Car Park behind the theatre.

Another excellent choice and much closer to the cottage obviously is Swansea's premier theatre Swansea Grand Theatre, Singleton Street, Swansea city centre (25-30 mins from Rhossili). Why not eat french cuisine at Bouchon de Rossi, opposite the theatre, or 'eat Italian' at 'Amore' near St Mary's Church, after your show. Park outside the Grand theatre in Oxford Street Car Park. http://www.swansea.gov.uk/grandtheatre (map). This is a cosy and friendly regional standard city theatre and offers some good and very varied entertainment - sometimes really quite excellent. Kid Creole and Coconuts recently performed there, as did Ken Dodd, and some West End tours (Blood Brothers). We recently watched Oliver there and it was great. 

The smaller amateur theatre Dylan Thomas Theatre, and the University based Taliesin Theatre (Swansea University, on the seafront in Swansea, weblink above) often put on a variety of quality shows. The Dylan Thomas Centre: http://www.dylanthomas.com (map)

For other options then back in Cardiff try Cardiff New Theatre in Cardiff City Centre - NCP car park next door in Greyfriars Road.

Museums and art galleries

The truth is that Swansea is not that well endowed compared to bigger cities like Cardiff. However, worth a visit are the Glyn Vivyan Art Gallery in Orchard Street, Swansea Maritime and INdustrial Museum, Swansea Marina; Gower Heritage Centre, in Parkmill, South Gower; then further afield are Rhondda Heritage Centre in the Rhondda (ex coal mine); Margam Park and Orangery, Margam, Port Talbot; and the obvious ones being the excellent National Museum of Wales, Cardiff;and the celebrated Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans, Cardiff (M4 Jnct 33);  

National Waterfront Museum: http://www.waterfrontmuseum.co.uk (map)
Swansea Museum: http://www.swansea.gov.uk/swanseamuseum (map)
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery: http://www.swansea.gov.uk/glynnvivian (map)
1940s Swansea Bay: http://www.1940sswanseabay.co.uk (map)

Shopping  

Obvious options are: Shopping in Swansea city centre http://www.swanseacitycentre.com; Swansea Enterprise Park - Llansamlet; Llanelli Town Centre is very homely and friendly; Carmarthen is also very nice and friendly; and of course, Cardiff is the main regional shopping centre. There is a good designer outlet centre at Bridgend, (Macarthur Glen); and finally, we'd recommend Llandeilo for some smaller art and craft shops and a nice day out in a village setting (Lunch at Morgans 'Cawdor' Hotel, and visit Dinefwr Castle a 2 mins drive behind the town).

Football and Rugby, 

Liberty Stadium hosts an increasing number of events especially business conferences and some pop concerts and of course League football (Swansea City FC), and European/Magners League/ Heineken Cup top flight Rugby (Neath Swansea Ospreys). Watch the Scarlets RFC at Stradey Park, Llanelli.

Ten-pin Bowling

Ten Pin Bowling at Parc Tawe, near Swansea town centre; Golf shown below; See other info below as there are loads of things to do in Gower.

Tennis

Visit the Tennis Centre at Llansamlet (Nantong Way); Nantong Way, Landore, Swansea,SA1 7DS 01792 650484

Swimming pools:

Main choices are: Swansea Leisure Centre, Oystermouth Rd., Swansea Marina.

Wales National Pool: http://www.walesnationalpoolswansea.co.uk

Morriston Leisure Centre Pool Morriston Leisure Centre, Heol Maes Eglwys,Morriston, Swansea, SA6 6NN,01792 797082; Penrheol Leisure Centre Pool (school based) at Gorseinon.

Golf

Gower is very well endowed with some top quality and professionally run golf courses. See them for yourself below.

The courses

Pennard, Langland, Clyne, Gower, & Fairwood Golf Clubs are all in or at the outskirts of Gower (and Machynys Golf Club is close by at Trostre, near Llanelli).  Gowerton houses a driving range. Details below.

Langland Bay Golf Club - Langland Bay: Tel: 366023 or 366186 www.langlandbaygolfclub.com

Fairwood Park Golf Club: Blackhill Lane, Fairwood, Tel: (01792) 297849 or 203648 www.fairwoodpark.com

Clyne Golf Club: 120 Owls Lodge Lane, Mayals, Swansea, Tel:  (Manager) 01792 401989 or (pro) 402094 www.clynegolfclub.com

Pennard Golf Club (links) - Southgate, Pennard, S Gower, Tel: 01792 233131 or 233451 www.pennardgolfclub.com

Gower Golf Club  -  Cefn Golau Rd, Three Crosses, Gower - Tel: 01792 872480  http://www.gowergolf.co.uk/

Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club: Tel: 01792 744888 http://www.machynys.com/

Gowerton Driving Range: 01792 875188 (Floodlit, also offers breakfasts) http://www.golfrangefinder.co.uk/counties/golf_ranges_in_WestGlamorgan.htm

See Map of clubs below within Gower. To help you navigate Fairwood (left) and Clyne (right) are the two blue dots below village of Killay in the map. Gowerton Golf Club is the one near Penclawdd, Pennard Golf Club is near Penmaen, and Llangland Bay is just east of Mumbles.

Gower Golf Club - Click on blue dot for more choices

Other Golfing sites of possible interest to Gower visitors

www.top100golfcourses.co.uk

www.uk-golfguide.com/wales

http://www.welshgolfcourses.com/south/gower.php

Learn Digital Photography whilst being guided around Gower:

 

http://www.zoomscape.co.uk/book_a_photography_tour.html

 

Boat trips

 

Take a trip around the Gower Coast by boat.

 

http://www.gowerexplorer.co.uk/

In short - close by you can do the following: some of Wales very best Sea Angling (Bass, Flounder, Mackerel, Tope and Golden Grey Mullet to name a few local species), Surfing, Golf (6 golf courses in Gower), Birdwatching, Paragliding, Jet Skiing, Swimming, mountain biking, rock climbing, yachting, canooing, archery, horseriding/trekking, scuba and snorkelling, League Football and top flight Rugby Union are all available either in Gower or nearby Swansea and Mumbles.

Contact the following:-

Golf (See golf page)

Pennard, Langland, Clyne, Gower, & Fairwood Golf Clubs are all in Gower (and Machynys Golf Club is close by at Trostre, near Llanelli).  Gowerton houses a driving range.

Sea-Fishing

Dai Howells is something of a sea angler so you've come to the right place for advice! At Llanmadoc Beach or nearby Blue Pool expect to catch. Bass, Flounder, Whiting [some shore Codling], Smoothhound, summer Mackerel, Gurnard, and garfish, abound. Catch tope (small sharks) at Broughton / Llanmadoc beach 15 mins walk from Middle Cottage. Dai Howells (me!) caught 12 Bass to 4Ib and some 28 flounder on Llanmadoc / Whitford beach during May alone in 2007. His (rookie) brother Rob Howells caught a whopping 3Ib pound Bass on his first ever lifetime cast, on 26th May 2007, using mud-ragworm at Llanmadoc Beach. Ten flounder, eight of good size were taken that same day including a brace (a pair) by Rob. We have photos of this particular sortie.

Port Eynon has several perfect fishing venues - fishing paradise. Try bass spinning off Salt House Mere/point. Beach fishing at Horton. Rock floatfishing off Overton and other marks west or east of Port Eynon Bay for big bass and mackerel, and garfish with some Wrasse and Conger. Fishing tackle and bait can be found (open early on weekends) at  Country Angling at Gowerton, or Rogers Tackle at Swansea Marina - also Mainwarings in Sketty Cross, Swansea. The best venues are Mumbles Pier (for kids) and Crabbart, Fall Bay, Port Eynon point, Pennard Cliffs and Whiteford for Sea Bass, Mackerel and Tope. Pick your own crab bait from the local rocks. Use a coathanger as a crab hook and/or a nail removal tool for lifting rocks. Remember to put rocks back and only take legally in-size crabs.

Pick cockles and more especially mussels on Llanmadoc Beach near lighthouse, when in season, i.e. months with no 'Y' in them, especially mid winter. Cook in white wine and serve with lemon juice and chopped shallots.   

Archery

Contact Perriswood Archery centre, Penmaen/Nicholaston, South Gower.

General information

Water Sports for all, Bishopston, 01792 234502 www.watersports4all.com

Parc Le Breos Trekking Centre, Parkmill, Gower, 01792 371636 www.parc-le-breos.co.uk

Clyne Farm Centre, Mayals, Mumbles, 01792 403333 www.clynefarm.com

Go to the following website to find out about the following sports in Swansea Bay area.

http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=881

Swansea University: http://www.swan.ac.uk
The Egypt Centre: http://www.swan.ac.uk/egypt
Wales National Pool: http://www.walesnationalpoolswansea.co.uk
Mumbles: http://www.mumbles.co.uk
Gower Coast Adventures (boat trips): http://www.gowercoastadventures.co.uk (Brill boat trips round Gower coast)
Gower Peninsula guides:
http://www.explore-gower.co.uk or http://www.enjoygower.com
Rhossili Visitor Centre: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-rhossilivisitorcentre.htm

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Birdwatching in Gower and wider area

We are knee deep in wild even some rare birds down here in Gower. A pair of powerful binoculars is left at the cottage for your use if going birdwatching. See the Snipes, Little Egrets, Oystercatchers, Grey Herons, and ringed Plover at Llanrhidian Marshes, Whitford Burrows, Llandimore Pill, or Penclawdd. See Kitiwakes and various gulls at Worms Head.

Everything you might wish to know at a glance is found on this website.

http://www.gowerbirds.co.uk/index.html

 

We live near Llanrhidian Marsh and I see several pairs of Little Egrets each morning on the way to work along the Marsh road.

 

Some other good sites include:

 

http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/RealData/thisisrba.asp

 

http://www.rspb.org.uk/

 

http://www.wwt.org.uk/

 

Miscelleneous

Worth checking out City and County of Swansea's Website for more info on sports and activities. www.swansea.gov.uk

Swansea University: http://www.swan.ac.uk
The Egypt Centre: http://www.swan.ac.uk/egypt
Mumbles: http://www.mumbles.co.uk
Gower Coast Adventures (boat trips): http://www.gowercoastadventures.co.uk (Brill boat trips round Gower coast)
Gower Peninsula guides: http://www.explore-gower.co.uk or http://www.enjoygower.com
Rhossili Visitor Centre: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-rhossilivisitorcentre.htm

 
 

 

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