Mumbles is one of Swansea Bay’s top destinations, and for good reason.
A charming village with pretty houses tumbling down winding streets and a plethora of great places to shop, eat and drink, it’s perfect for a day or a longer stay.
Enjoy the weather by the sea, picnics in the castle grounds and evenings strolling from bar to bar. What more could you want?
Mumbles has a superb range of independent restaurants, ranging from fine dining at great prices to Bistro Pierre (main courses from Â£ 11.95) to informal small plates and burgers (from Â£ 8.95) to Croeso Lounge .
Both places offer beautiful sea views, and if views are your thing, you should also visit Castellamare (specials from around Â£ 14.50), which sits on an outcrop on the edge of Mumbles overlooking Bracelet Bay; the outdoor tables in particular offer lovely views of the lighthouse.
On Newton Road, Mumbles’ main shopping street, you’ll find plenty of other great options including Cakes & Beer , which offers everything from hearty breakfasts to evening classics, including Chicken Parmigiana (Â£ 19) and 8-ounce rump steak with hand-cut fries (Â£ 18).
If you fancy a picnic, call on the fabulous Olives and oils Independent delicatessen, located just across from Cakes & Ale, and stocking up on artisanal finds.
Whether you prefer cocktails or hearty beers, Mumbles has something for you. The White Rose , at the bottom of Newton Road, may look like an ordinary pub, but it has a superb range of cocktails and G&T options, as well as plenty of champagnes.
True beer lovers should head to The pilot on Mumbles Road, which has its own microbrewery on site, or at Mumbles Ale House , a traditional pub tucked away in the pretty lanes of Mumbles.
Another delicious old world option is The Park Inn , also located in the jumble of alleys in the heights of the village.
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There are many beautiful sites to discover for free in Mumbles: take a walk in the bay, maybe enjoy a Joe’s , the iconic local glacier.
Head to Berry Bracelet enjoy the rock pools; or visit the pier and its pretty little south-facing beach.
In the heart of the village you will find the ruins of Oystermouth Castle ; Although it is currently closed for restoration work, it is still worth a visit and the castle mound offers stunning views of the bay.
Higher up, Newton Road is Oystermouth Cemetery – a truly beautiful and peaceful place to explore. Covering 28 acres, it includes the graves of 83 servicemen from WWI and WWII.
There are many great places to stay in Mumbles, and it is wise to book well in advance as they are in high demand. Along with plenty of self-catering options in pretty fisherman’s houses, there are upscale rooms in the stylish B&B Langland Road at the top of the village (rooms from Â£ 85 per night) and in Patrick’s , a restaurant with rooms on the seafront.
For something a little more grand (but still with an intimate feel), there’s the quaint Norton House , a small Georgian mansion not far from the seafront.
If you want a really special stay, Morgan hotel (room from Â£ 150), just around Swansea Bay, is arguably the fanciest place in town.
Bistrot Pierre, Oyster Wharf, 3 Mumbles Rd, Swansea SA3 4DN. 01792 824117
Croeso Lounge, Oyster Wharf, Mumbles Rd, The Mumbles SA3 4DN. 01792 367591
Castellamare, Mumbles Road, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4JT. 01792 369408
Cakes & Ale, 29 Newton Rd, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4AS. 01792 363838
Olives and Oils, 28 Newton Rd, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4AX. 01792 366828
La Rose Blanche, 1-3 Newton Rd, Les Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4AR. 01792 368426
The Pilot, Pilot Inn, 726 Mumbles Rd, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4EL. 07897 895511
The Mumbles Ale House, 21 Westbourne Pl, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BD. 01792 957922.
The Park Inn, 23 Park Street, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4DA. 01792 366738
Joe’s Ice Cream, 526 Mumbles Rd, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4DH
Bracelet Bay Parking Lot, Mumbles Road, SA3 4JT.
Mumbles Pier, Old Lifeboat Cottage, Mumbles Rd, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4EN. 01792 365200
Oystermouth Castle, Castle Ave, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BA. 01792 653458
Oystermouth Cemetery, 94 Newton Rd, Langland, Newton, Swansea SA3 4SW.
Langland Road B & B, 17 Langland Road, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4ND. 01792 361170
Patrick’s, 638 Mumbles Rd, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4EA. 01792 360199
Norton House, Norton Rd, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 5TQ. 01792 404891
Morgans, Somerset Pl, Swansea SA1 1RR. 01792 484848
Swansea Marriott, Maritime District, Swansea SA1 3SS. 01792 642020