Arrive in Swansea, known as Wales’ waterfront city – which makes it the natural home of the National Waterfront Museum. It’s base is in an original dockside warehouse connected to a modern glass and slate building in the city’s maritime quarter and tells the story of Wales’ industrial and maritime heritage. Visitors can also explore how Welsh science is helping to shape the future via innovative interactive displays.
It’s free entry and group visits should book in advance. A café and gift shop are available.
Coaches are unable to park at the National Waterfront Museum’s Oystermouth Road car park. Swansea Council recommends dropping off by Swansea Museum (SA1 1SN), near Burrows Place, and then using the parking bays in the Fabian Way Park and Ride, (Fabian Way, Port Tennant, Swansea SA1 8LD), before returning for pick up.
A 10min walk will take your group to Swansea Indoor Market for a unique shopping experience at Wales’ largest indoor market, with over 100 stalls. Your clients will be able to try a warm Welsh cake and sample some Welsh delicacies such as cockles and laverbread.
Lunch can be at leisure in Swansea Market or at the National Waterfront Museum.
Travel further west 11 miles (17.7 km) to WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre where your clients can enjoy a walk and connect with nature. It has 450 acres of wetland and is a haven for wildlife. Each season offers something different and it is recommended to have a camera. There are lots of wide-open spaces, lakes, ponds, lagoons, hides and a wide range of birds to discover including kingfishers, woodpeckers, egrets, flamingos and a large collection of ducks, geese and swans.
The centre is accessible to everyone. Refreshments are available and there is a gift shop.
A group discount is offered for groups of more than 10 people and coach parking is available on-site.
An alternative suggestion is a visit to Penderyn Swansea Copperworks Distillery. During the tour, clients will learn about the founding of Penderyn, how the award-winning whisky is made and what makes it so unique. They will see the ‘copper tunnel’ reflecting the history of the site, the mill, the innovative single copper-pot Penderyn Faraday stills and a pair of pot stills. At the end of the tour, clients can sample some of the products in the Tasting Bar. There are also masterclasses available.
It is located on the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site which is currently undergoing a ten year redevelopment to attract tourism and to preserve its industrial heritage. The site does have trails to explore, with interpretation panels, audio information, and a riverfront walk. The Swansea Museum Collections Centre is open on Wednesday only.
Continue home or to onward destination.