Swansea Area Guides

Swansea City is Wales’ second city, but while the city itself is bustling and thriving, the region also has some of the best natural attractions in the UK. The city has a lovely marina and seafront, but it is also situated well to access the rest of south west Wales’ scenery. The Gower Peninsula’s campus bays and beaches were the UK’s first ever Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the mountains of Carmarthenshire and the forest parks and waterfalls of Afan Valley and the Vale of Neath are nearby. Swansea also has a significant student population, which contributes to the vibrancy of Swansea’s city centre and Maritime Quarter, both of which are undergoing major regeneration efforts. Several parts of Swansea have made the list of the top ten best places to live and work in the UK in a study commissioned by the Royal Mail, based on factors including good schools, access to green space, and commuting times.  

Living in Swansea


Swansea is a city on the south coast of Wales that offers city convenience alongside access to some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK.


The Gower Peninsula was named the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956, and the landscape is as stunning today as it was then. In addition to beautiful scenery, there’s an array of cultural, shopping, and entertainment venues ranging from cinemas, museums, and theatres to bars, pubs, and clubs.


Housing in Swansea is relatively affordable, and varies to include new student flats as well as period family homes. Though Swansea’s legacy is entwined with that of the copper industry, there is now a focus on other things, such as the universities, the DVLA, and other major brands. Transport links within the city are good, as are connections to other parts of Wales and the UK, giving professionals a wide range of options. 


Swansea postcodes accounted for many of the top ten places to live in Wales in March 2017, according to WalesOnline. 

Browse by map