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mumbles

Mumbles is a busy seaside resort that skirts the corner of coastline that divides Swansea Bay from Gower. A tourist's haven, the area features:

  • the magnificent Norman remains of Oystermouth Castle
  • a Victorian pier, brimming with modern café and amusement amenities
  • two small and sheltered beaches - Bracelet Bay and Limeslade
  • extensive shopping facilities, ranging from high-class boutiques to craft galleries and gift shops
  • sports and leisure activities, including fishing, waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing, cycling, golf, bowls and tennis
  • evening entertainment, from restaurants to ice-cream parlours and wine bars to many, many pubs (the area contains an over 1.5 kilometre long stretch of public houses along the seafront of Oystermouth, known locally as "The Mumbles Mile"
  • a full-range of exciting annual events, carnivals and sporting competitions
  • commanding views eastwards over the coastal stretches of Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot and Porthcawl and, during particularly clear conditions, southwards to the coast of Devon.

The road, which hugged the sea all the way from Swansea, now veers sharply from the coast at Limeslade, but for those who wish to explore the finer delights this coastline has to offer the walker, a well maintained footpath continues from this point westward all the way to the spectacular Land's End of Worm's Head.

An interesting feature in Mumbles is the Prince's Fountain, constructed to celebrate the marriage of King Edward VII (then Prince of Wales) to Princess Alexandra of Denmark on March 10th 1863. With the village having no real water supplies in those days, the fountain became a very important feature of Mumbles.