Location: 3 miles west of Swansea on the A4067, or a 20 minute drive from our B&B.
Tourist Information Centre – Tel: 01792 361302
Mumbles has all of the amenities of a local shopping centre (and too many to list.) It is spoiled for excellent cafes, ice-cream parlours, pubs and restaurants. It has a large post office, banks, small supermarkets and, in addition, many quirky, interesting shops of all flavours. It also famous for its vibrant nightlife, its Victorian pier and amusement arcades. All in all you will find pretty much whatever you need here - My recommendation would be to spend a night out here at the restaurants and bars. Its also a great place to pick up gifts before the end of your holiday.
Banks – Barclays, HSBS, Natwest
Boat Launching – Knab Rock, council run boat launching ramp.
Operating boat trips around the Gower coast in their jet driven RIB, the Sea Serpent, they pick up from Knab Rock and Port Eynon bay. A definite “not to be missed" experience and very informative. Tel 07866 250 440
Built in 1898 this classic piece of Victorian architecture with its ice-cream parlours and amusement arcades is well worth a visit. The views alone are unmissable.
Founded by William de Londres the oldest part of this castle dates to the early 12th century. There is a chapel block likely to have been added in the early 14th century, and is usually attributed to Lady Alenora de Mowbray. The castle commands beautiful views over Mumbles and Swansea bay.
Go for a Joe's ice cream:
No visit to Mumbles is complete without enjoying a tub of the deservedly famous Joe's ice cream! You can find it next to the Methodist church and post office.
Visit Braclet Bay & Limeslade Bay:
2 rocky bays ether side of mumbles head, great for rockpooling.
Walk from Limeslade to Langland:
Park your car on the pay and display at Limeslade above the Mumbles headlands and walk west on the coast path to Langland bay.
The Mumbles Mile:
Though not quite the pub crawl for which it once became famous, Mumbles is still a fantastic place to visit for evening entertainment good food and a great vibe.
More About Mumbles
Mumbles is thought to takes its name from the headland which stretches out to sea just west of the village and on which the lighthouse stands. The name is thought to refer to the fact that the two headlands from where the village gets its name look like a pair of breasts! (Latin mamillae meaning “breasts”.) The islands have been home to the Mumbles lighthouse since 1793 which was originally lit by open coal fires.
The area has a fascinating history. The earliest interest is the ancient submerged forest found low on the foreshore which has yielded the bones of animals such as bears, rhinoceros and mamoth. Bone caves have also been found on the surrounding coast. There is evidence of agricultural settlements dating back over 3000 years and later a Roman settlement in Oystermouth.
The village also has the prestige of having been home to the first passenger railway in the world. The Oystermouth railway, built in 1806, began a passenger service one year later in 1807 between Mumbles and Swansea. The area became a popular tourist destination with the railway being extended and pier added in 1898 to serve as a new terminus. Sadly the railway was eventually dismantled in 1960. In more recent years, but dwindling by the late 1990s, Mumbles became famous for its nightlife and in particular its concentration of over 20 pubs. The pub crawl known as the Mumbles Mile became incredibly famous owing to like minded locals, students of Swansea university and tourists. Today it’s a somewhat tame pub crawl with only about half a dozen pubs remaining.
Parc Le Breos House