If you’re living with us at St Davids or considering our Swansea accommodation for next year, then you’ll be in the enviable position of being surrounded by a great choice of days out and sights to see when it’s time for a break from studying.
In our Swansea student city guide, we make reference to the diverse and beautiful scenery that is on the doorstep for Swansea students. We thought we’d go one step further and put the spotlight on some of the appealing places, green spaces and must-do daytrips that you and your Swansea squad should definitely make the effort to see while you’re studying in the city.
A beloved landmark since 1898, the Mumbles Pier is a defining feature of Swansea Bay’s landscape. As well as amazing views (you can see to the North Coast of Devon on a good day!), you and friends can enjoy classic seaside cuisine, its amusements arcade or the sandy beach.
2. Oystermouth Castle
Whether or not you’re studying History at uni, it’s worth checking out the famous Oystermouth Castle. Dating back to the 12th century, the historic castle is approximately a 20-minute walk from Mumbles Pier so you could see them both back-to-back.
If you’re in a bit of a study rut, then take a trip to Penllergare Valley Woods to transform your day. Comprising over 100 hectares of woodland and two lakes, this magical gem is the perfect place to motivate yourself. Take a long walk, stumble upon a spectacular waterfall or just soak up all that nature. It’s just over half an hour by bus, so don’t miss it!
4. Gower Peninsula
A short ride from Swansea, the Gower Peninsula is a rich environment to feast your eyes on. Enjoy the captivating landscapes with friends, from wild moors to stretches of golden beaches (we highlight a couple below!). FYI it became the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956 – and now you live practically next door!
5. Three Cliffs Bay
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to eye-candy shorelines in the area, but Three Cliffs Bay beach is one of our top recommendations. It’s a scenic and remote beach featuring sand dunes, salt marsh and its signature trio of limestone cliffs. One for a sunset Insta moment, we reckon.
6. Rhosilli Bay Beach
Another lush beach in Gower, Rhossili Bay offers three miles of gorgeous coastline. Whether you’re into watersports or simply strolling along to wondrous views, you’re sorted.
7. Lliw Reservoir
It’s a little more difficult to get to by public transport (you might need a car or a friend with one) but if you can get to the reservoir, then it’s definitely worth it. Based in the north of Swansea, the lower and upper Lilw reservoirs are nestled within breathtaking mountain scenery, within which you can discover diverse flora and fauna. Animal lovers, this one’s for you!
Last but certainly not least is the capital and largest city in Wales. Head to Cardiff for a fun and full day of shopping, culture and recreation – you can even get there by bus, so why not plan a round-trip with friends?
Don't forget: when you book your 22/23 room at St Davids, we'll throw in a FREE bus pass for next year which means exploring Swansea and beyond is made easier (and cheaper!) during your stay with us. But be quick, offer ends 30 April. T&Cs apply.