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As a Swansea student you will have the opportunity to explore some of the city’s best kept secrets! Our city may be small, but its home to some great hidden gems. Here is the Medical School’s Top 7 Hidden Gems…

1 - Crawley Beach

We start our list with one of the lesser known Gower beach spots. This small, sandy beach next to the larger Oxwich Bay is accessible through a wooded area and footpath. Venturing off the beaten path is worth it for a secluded, sunny spot to admire the beauty of the Gower Coast.

Image of Crawley Beach

2 – Cinema and Co.

Swansea is home to a number of independent entertainment venues. And if you are looking for a cinema night with a difference, Cinema and Co is for you. Think large comfy seats, new and classic film screenings, a coffee shop and live music evenings make this venue a must for Freshers.

Cinema Co internal

3 – Grape and Olive at Meridian Tower

If you are looking for spectacular views, just take a visit to the Grape and Olive. Sat at the very top of the Meridian Tower, the tallest building in Wales, stunning views of Swansea Valley, the City Centre and even Devon across the water surround you. Choose a booth seat for floor-to-ceiling window views across the ocean.

Meridian Tower Entrance to Grape and Olive at Night

4- Marina, Uplands and Mumbles Markets

The home of local, fresh Welsh produce, monthly markets take place in the Marina, Uplands and Mumbles. A great place to explore local Welsh food, beautiful handmade crafts and gifts, as well as the local areas. 

Students in Marina Market

5 – Brecon Beacons National Park

A little further out, but definitely worth the trip, is the Brecon Beacons National Park. Just short of an hour’s drive and you will arrive at some of the most breath-taking scenery in Wales. From natural caves and scenic walks (check out Henryd Waterfalls, they feature as the bat cave from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’), to adventure parks and high adrenaline sports, the Brecon Beacons has something for everyone.


6 – The Copper Jack River Cruise

Take a historic trip down the River Tawe on the Copper Jack and learn about the industrial history of Swansea. Take in the scenic wildlife, learn about Swansea’s history as a worldwide copper production hub, and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere.

Copper Jack

7- Brynmill Coffee House

A student favourite! A short walk from the Singleton Campus through the park will take you to Brynmill Coffee House. This laid-back coffee hub serves all student tastes, with a vast selection of coffees, loads of vegan options (including delicious fresh cakes) and American pancake Saturdays, what’s not to love!

Brynmill Coffee House