The second city of Wales is within easy distance of several towns, including Glandwr, Neath, Port Talbot and Llanelli. Swansea has plenty to offer visitors and is home to leading sports clubs.
Swansea has heavily promoted Swansea Bay as an attraction for tourists. The Swansea Marina, on the mouth of the River Tawe has Blue Flag status and has led to the city being hailed as Wales' Waterfront City. Close by is The Mumbles, a delightful sea side village from where visitors can embark on a tour of the Gower Peninsula with almost 20 miles of natural beauty, including delightful beaches. The city is also close to Afan and the Vale of Neath, a haven for ramblers and mountain bikers.
The town is also home to Swansea City FC, one of the leading clubs in English professional football. The Swans Liberty Stadium is occasionally home to the Welsh National side. Wales is famed for its rugby union and The Ospreys, one of the top sides in Wales and Europe, play at the Liberty Stadium. The City's St Helens Ground, formerly the base for Glamorgan County Cricket Clubs, now hosts Welsh Minor Counties games.
Like many British cities, Swansea has switched from an industrial base to a service centred one. Drivers in particular will know it as the home of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority. The city's Enterprise centre, on its outskirts, also provides valuable employment. Formerly Swansea had built its economy on the metal industries but these have steadily declined over the past 70-years. Other attractions are the Swansea Meueum and Swansea Castle which are mostly free to enter and within easy reach by car & public transport.