MUMBLES AND GOWER, SOUTH WALES



Being 50% Welsh, I might be bias, but there is no better stretch of coastline in the UK (perhaps the world?) than that along the Gower Peninsula.


Not exactly what you could describe as a "hidden" beauty, Mumbles features regularly at the top of The Times "Best Places To Live" list. With it's wonderful selection of restaurants, perfect blend of town & country, plethora of sandy beaches and that as-if-you-were-family Welsh welcome, it's easy to see why it's so popular.


If you fancy dipping your toe into the water, rather than making the full-time plunge, here is all you need to know about how to get the best out of this fantastic area in a few days.


HOW TO GET TO MUMBLES


Easily reached by train (London Paddington to Swansea, then taxi to Mumbles), you may prefer to take the car in order to pack paddle-boards and wetsuits. This is usually an easy drive down the M4 taking about 3 and a half hours from London. And of course remember the Severn Bridge is now FREE!


WHERE TO STAY IN MUMBLES


PLACES TO EAT IN MUMBLES

  • HAYSTACK CAFE - Seriously delicious brunch food - notably the pancake stacks - and excellent coffee. Cannot book.

  • RAG & BONE - Another spot for a great brunch or lunch. Again, no bookings.

  • Gower Seafood Hut

  • ELYWN - a fairly new restaurant for Mumbles, small plates, craft beer and organic wine. Be sure to book ahead. Home of Taco Tuesdays.

  • MOR - Excellent seafood and extensive wine list. And very instagram friendly plates.

  • LANGLAND BRASSERIE - local's favourite. Family friend, amazing seafood and idyllic sea views.


THINGS TO DO IN MUMBLES

  • Paddle-boarding on Langland Beach

  • Walk the coastal path from Mumbles Pier to Caswell Bay

  • Peruse the shops on Newton Road

  • Eat Joe's ice cream as you amble around town


BEST BEACHES OF GOWER


Rhossili Bay



Oxwich Bay



Three Cliffs Bay



Pobbles Bay



Bracelet Bay



PLACES TO STOP ON GOWER

  • Beach House, Oxwich Bay - Michelin star restaurant with the most spectacular beach views


  • Nomad, Gowerton - small plates and tapas with an ever changing menu, great fun spot for dinner



  • The Bay Bistro and Coffee House, Rhossili