The Abbey’s Grade II listed terrace dates from the era of Sarah Vivian, John Henry Vivian’s wife (1830s). A talented gardener, much of her work is still in evidence today and continues to influence the restoration work conducted by the University.
One of the most noteworthy features of the Abbey terrace is the large magnolia tree. Through the decades, it was a student tradition that if the tree had begun to flower and you were not revising for your summer examinations, then you were in trouble!
The grounds surrounding the Abbey are intrinsically linked to the University's heritage, contributing to the biodiversity of the parkland in which they are set. This stunning open space offers views over the Abbey meadow and Swansea Bay itself and is open for the local community to visit and enjoy. The landscaping and planting is designed to be sympathetic to how the gardens would have been laid out in the Abbey's prime, while still encompassing a vibrant welcoming campus atmosphere.