It’s easy to fall into a routine, doing the same things every evening or weekend because it’s what you know. But Swansea is actually full of unusual places to visit, which makes the city a little more interesting. From hidden beaches to art museums, the city has so many options when you’re looking for something different to do. So if you’re searching for unusual places to visit in Swansea, we’ve put together a list of our favourite spots where you can find something a little more different.

1. Brandy Cove

Brandy Cove
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Brandy Cove is a tiny beach in Swansea that not many people know about. Because of this, it’s usually pretty quiet, which makes it a more unusual beach to visit if you’re looking to get away from the crowd. Although this is a beautiful place to see, it is a bit out of the way, so there are no lifeguards here or any cafes nearby either. So it’s important to stay safe – and pack a picnic! It’s still a pretty unique place to visit, especially if you’re looking for the unusual.

2. Dylan Thomas’ House

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Dylan Thomas was a famous writer and poet who was born and raised in Swansea! Today, you can go inside his house, which has been transformed into a museum for people to go and see! Tours are held at various times throughout the day, but you do need to book in advance. If you’re interested to learn more about this historical figure, then have a look at the official Dylan Thomas house website to book a tour slot!

3. Kilvey Hill

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Kilvey Hill is another place that isn’t well-known amongst students in Swansea. The route starts at the Kilvey Hill car park, which is easy to get to via public transport as well. The route can take around three hours long, and takes you through a beautiful forest right to the top of Kilvey Hill. The view from the top is stunning – especially on a clear day, as you can see the whole of Swansea bay stretched out in front of you. If you love long walks and outside adventures, then this is definitely the place for you.

4. Clyne Gardens

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Clyne Gardens is definitely an unusual place to visit in the city, and one of the best parks in Swansea. It’s a botanical garden full of mysterious plants, buildings, and sceneries, and it’s definitely one of the most beautiful places in Swansea. In this garden, there’s a Japanese-style bridge going over a tiny waterfall, which is a beautiful place to take pictures. There’s also a Rapunzel-esque tower, and a wild flower meadow with a path going right through it. It doesn’t get more unusual than Clyne Gardens.

5. Foot golf

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Ok this is more of an unusual things to do rather than unusual place to visit in Swansea, but it’s still offers something a little different. Foot golf is something you can only really do it when the weather is good too. If you hadn’t guessed it, it’s like crazy golf, but instead you’re kicking a football into a flag pole. It’s a great way to make the most of the sunny weather whilst also doing something a little bit unusual. It’s £10 if you pay there, and £8 if you book online, which is for the full 18 hole course. It’s a fun day out and always worth doing if you’re looking for more unusual activities!

6. Glynn Vivian art gallery

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Glynn Vivian is an art gallery that is completely free to enter! The exhibits change every so often, but there is always something impressive on show. More recently they have had props and other displays on show from the His Dark Materials TV series, which was all incredible to see. It’s also right in the city centre, and so it’s the perfect place to go when you’ve got nothing else planned. If the fact that it’s free really excites you (nowadays who doesn’t love free activities), find more cheap things to do in Swansea here.

7. Plantasia

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Plantasia is a tropical zoo that has been in Swansea for years but still hasn’t lost its popularity. This place is full of exotic plants and flowers that you can see up close! There’s a jungle-like path going through the whole building, making it a really immersive experience. They also have the cutest animals, from meerkats to leopard cats, so you’ll never get bored going there. There’s so much more there as well, such as crocodiles, tarantulas, and piranhas! If you want to find out more and how to book a time, head over to their website!

8. Ninja Warrior

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Ninja Warrior is one of the newest unusual places to visit in Swansea. It’s a huge obstacle course inspired by the Ninja Warrior TV show (without the water and screaming crowd)! There are easy and difficult obstacles, so don’t worry about not being able to complete it. The main aim of it is for people to have fun whilst getting fit, so if it sounds like something you’d be interested in, head over to their website and book your slot!

9. Rock Climbing

10 unusual places to visit in Swansea
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Crazy Climb and Flashpoint are brand new climbing centres in Swansea. Crazy Climb have more funky looking walls, a wall with a spot watch to race your friends, and a few other obstacles as well! Flashpoint (which is right next door) have more standard-looking rock climbing walls, ones for both beginners and experts. Both are a fun and unusual places to visit in Swansea, so go ahead and check them out!

10. Rhossili

Rhossili Bay unusual places in Swansea
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Rhossili Bay is a popular place to visit any time of the year. The sandy beach stretches out for ages, and so it’s the perfect place for a day out on the beach. What’s unusual about this place is that every year, sunflowers bloom into a huge field that attracts loads of people from all over the country! It’s such a stunning place that’s perfect for pictures. It can get pretty busy, so if you want to avoid the crowds, it’s probably best to go early or later on in the day.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about Swansea, there’s always something to do. If you’re looking for more fun things to do, read our article on 40 things to do as a student!

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