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Frequently Asked Questions



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Q. What is there to do in Swansea when it is raining?
Q. Are there any Blue Flag award beaches in the Swansea area?
Q. What historical sites are there in the area?
Q. When was the Gower declared an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB)?
Q. In what year was Swansea's poet Dylan Thomas born?
Q. Where in Swansea was the famous actress Catherine Zeta Jones brought up?
Q. When did the Mumbles Train begin and in what year did it end?
Q. What beaches am I not able to take my dog on in the summer months in Swansea?
Q. Where did the term 'Swansea Jack' originate from?



Q.What is there to do in Swansea when it is raining?
A.Swansea has a number of indoor attractions, including, UCI Cinema, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea Museum, Plantasia, Dylan Thomas centre, Museum of Egyptian Antiquities (based on the Swansea University campus), Swansea Market, Marina Towers Observatory.
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Q.Are there any Blue Flag award beaches in the Swansea area?
A.Beaches with the Blue Flag award in Swansea:
Knab Rock Marina
Bracelet Bay
Caswell Bay
Port Eynon
Langland Bay
Visit www.blueflag.org for further information
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Q.What historical sites are there in the area?
A.The Gower and Swansea Valley have a large number of historical sites open to visitors. These range from Neolithic monuments such as Arthur's Stone and Giant's Grave, to fortified sites some of which have been occupied since before the Romans, like Loughor Tower, Oxwich Castle, Oystermouth Castle and numerous ancient sites on the Gower peninsula.
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Q.When was the Gower declared an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB)?
A.An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is exactly what it says it is: a precious landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so outstanding that it is in the nation's interest to safeguard them.
Gower was the first AONB to be designated in 1956. The area ranges from the south coast's superb carboniferous limestone scenery at Worms Head and Oxwich Bay to the salt-marshes and dune systems in the north.
The AONB has three National Nature Reserves, two Local Nature Reserves and many Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Almost all the coast is in the protective ownership of City and Council of Swansea, the National Trust, the Countryside Council for Wales or the Glamorgan Wildlife Trust.
Sources: http://www.goweraonb.org and http://www.aonb.org.uk
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Q.In what year was Swansea's poet Dylan Thomas born?
A.Dylan Thomas was born on October 27th 1914 at his family's semi-detached home, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands, Swansea.
Visit:www.dylanthomascountry.com
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Q.Where in Swansea was the famous actress Catherine Zeta Jones brought up?
A.Catherine Zeta Jones lived in Mayals in Swansea, just outside the village of Mumbles and on the edge of the Gower Peninsular, before becoming a star and moving to the USA. She was born on 25th September 1969.
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Q.When did the Mumbles Train begin and in what year did it end?
A.On 25th March 1807, a railroad carriage converted to carry passengers, was pulled by horses along Swansea Bay to Mumbles.
In the early 1860's, the track was refurbished and steam locamotives were introduced
In 1898 a 835ft pier was built and the line was extended and the Mumbles Terminus was now at the Pier by the Lighthouse.
The line was electrified in 1929. The train has 7 methods of traction in its history: horse, sail, steam, battery, petrol, diesel and electric.
The last journey of the the first passenger railway in the world, commenced at 11.42 on 5th january 1960 and the track were taken up shorty afterwards.
Source: www.welshwales.co.uk/mumbles_railway_swansea.htm
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Q.What beaches am I not able to take my dog on in the summer months in Swansea?
A. From May 1st to 30th September inclusive, the dog prohibited beaches are:
1.SWANSEA BAY ? from the River Tawe to the slip opposite Swansea Baths and from the beach access Sketty Lane to the Northern edge of the slip opposite the West Cross Inn.
2.BRACELET BAY
3.LIMESLADE BAY
4.ROTHERSLADE BAY
5.LANGLAND BAY
6.CASWELL BAY
7.PORT EYNON BEACH - from the Eastern edge of the steps to Port Eynon Beach to the Eastern edge of Horton Beach access
Dogs must be kept on leads at:
1.THE ENTIRE PROMENADE AT SWANSEA BAY (from the River Tawe to the Knab Rock Car Park, Mumbles)
2.THE PROMENADE AT LANGLAND BAY and ROTHERSLADE
3.THE PROMENADE AT CASWELL BAY (Including the cliff path)
Any offenders may be liable for a fine of up to 100.
Source: www.swansea.gov.uk/tourism/dogsonbeaches.htm
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Q.Where did the term 'Swansea Jack' originate from?
A. Although ?Swansea Jack" is a term often given to the residents of Swansea, it is believed by many, that the nickname is taken from a brave black Labrador Retriever of the same name.
Jack the dog was often found playing around Swansea Dock in the early 1930?s. The dangerous water attracted local children, who at times found themselves in the danger of drowning. Brave Jack, on seeing child in danger would jump
into the murky waters and drag them to safety. With an estimated 27 rescues to his credit, Jack is thought of as a local hero.
Visit www.swansea-gower.co.uk/history/swanseajack.htm


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