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Published January 11th 2018
Take a nostalgic trip into the life and history of Wales
We visited here while touring the UK with our kids, as we were keen to show them the history of the local area

The National Waterfront Museum is in an easy to access location. It's an easy ten-minute walk from Swansea City centre or two-minute walk from the nearby carpark,

It's free to get in and forms part of the 'European Route of Industrial Heritage'.

National Waterfront Museum Swansea
Swansea Waterfront Museum


Located in an old listed warehouse with a modern building attached, there is a vast array of displays both old display case style and many different types of modern interactive ones that our children really enjoyed using, allowing them to explore the things that interested them in a fun way, also fun for us adults.



The Museum covers several different areas of life in Wales, including local mining, iron and steel production, and details of the many different goods manufactured and produced in the area along with the different forms of transport and communication used, showing how life has changed over the course of several hundred years.

Museum Swansea Waterfront
Main display area

Mick Lobb, foyer national waterfront museum
Picture by Mick Lobb www.geograph.org.uk


It's divided into several different areas covering over 300 years of life, innovation and industry past and present showing how the industrial revolution affected the communities around Wales.

There are regular and changing exhibits on display in the foyer. At the time of our visit, there was a history of video games exhibit on, displaying the very first video games console right up to the present day devices.

A cafe is located on the ground floor, which is open every day from 10am to 4.30pm

The National Waterfront Museum is a wonderful place to take the family to explore the history of Wales, with the exhibits set-up for both adults and children to explore and provides many hours of entertainment.
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Why? Explore the past
When: Open 10am-5pm daily
Phone: 0300 111 2 333
Where: Oystermouth Road, Swansea
Cost: Free
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