A Great day out in Mumbles...
We LOVE the Mumbles! As a child growing up it was always my favourite place locally to visit with my sister, parents and grand-parents. But rather than give you my biased account of the area, we sent our student Matthew Millar on a day trip to discover what keeps people returning time and time again to this beautiful coastal village...
Mumbles, one of South Wales' most iconic places to visit; packed full of history, attractions and a place which welcomes people from all different paths.
I recently went to Mumbles for a day trip with a friend to discover what was there. I had some background knowledge of the area through University assignments, but had never really spent much time in the area on foot.
One of the first places I visited was of course the high street. Newton Road, a stretch of just a quarter mlie, includes a range of gift shops, restaurants, bars and galleries. A bar which did look very promising (but far too early in the day for me!) was a Wine Bar called PA's. Researching into it a little more I discover it's a great place to have a nice drink and is considered to have an excellent food menu. PA's seems to be a favourite amongst the visitors and locals.
Newton Road has many shops which have a variety of options to explore and enjoy. A hair salon called Lara Johnson is a firm favourite of my closest friend, and she has nothing but good things to say about her experiences there.
If shopping doesn't appeal, I discovered another option which is recommended by many - a walk on the local coast path to the Bay of Caswell. This is a pleasant short walk for family or friends with rewarding views and a few great cafes on the way.
Back in Mumbles, if you havn't tried Joes Ice-Cream then you're missing out! There is a fantastic Joe's ice-cream parlour in Mumbles (and further outlets in Swansea, Llansamlet and Cardiff) which creates the most amazing ice-cream you will ever taste. I personally love the original classic vanilla ice-cream, and I must say that every time I visit it is truly worth the money. As a student I find it a little bit pricey, but well worth the investement if you have a sweet tooth.
My day continues as I meander towards another great attraction - Mumbles Pier. One of Mumbles most popular attractions, the pier holds years of history and provides panoramic views across Swansea Bay. Sadly, due to storm damage the pier is currenty closed and under construction, and I was unable to walk the length of the pier to the brand new RNLI station which sits perfectly perched at the very end. However with it due to re-open shortly, it'll be an attraction I will return to visit for sure!
A firm favourite of mine is the arcade. Taking me back to my childhood, the arcade is a perfect place to take the kids or just to have a bit of fun. The arcade links up with a cafe which provided us with the perfect snack and drink to enjoy whilst glimpsing into the horizon across the ocean. With a variety of slot machines and games for those of all ages to enjoy, the arcade is always top of my list to visit.
If you're looking for somewhere wonderful to eat, a recommendation that I urge you to try is the fantastic Castellamare. With an a-la-carte Italian menu and reasonable prices, the restaurant is a perfect place to dine and take loved ones for a special treat. With a cafe (and function rooms available for those wishing to spend a wedding or birthday on the coast) this is a perfect setting for those who want to capture magical memories in a beautiful setting.
To bring my day to a close, I head towards the magnificent Mumbles Light House - set in an area known as Mumbles Head. It is possible to walk across to the light house, but sadly conditions on the day did not allow. If you are planning on making this trip you will find parking and rest room facilities available at Bracelet Bay. The walk across is approx. 30 minutes, and is dependant on low tide - but please do keep a close eye on the tide turning as it returns to the bay rapidly - this has caught out many adventurers, leavining them stranded and in need of rescue from the RNLI. With safety and conditions in mind, I look forward to the Summer months when I shall return to conquer this mini-adventure!