Explore Wales and the UK


Swansea is located in Wales, one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. It is a historic nation rich in culture and has its own language - Welsh (Cymraeg), which is spoken alongside English. Swansea has excellent transport links to the rest of Wales and the UK and it is worthwhile exploring whilst you are studying at City School of Languages.

Here are a few places which we recommend for students to visit either through our social activities or in their own time.



Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and is just an hour from Swansea by road or rail. Places of interest in include; Cardiff Castle, the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Bay, National Assembly for Wales, St Fagans: National History Museum and the National Museum and Art Gallery. It is also home to a very large shopping centre: St David's Dewi Sant and BBC Cymru Wales' main headquarters.

  • Travel time from Swansea to Cardiff:
  • By road: 1 hour
  • By rail: 1 hour


Tenby is a picturesque seaside town located in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Extremely popular during the summer, it has beautiful blue-flag beaches and historic town walls which date back to the late 13th century. Places of interest include; Caldey Island, Carew Castle and Tenby Museum & Art Gallery.

  • Travel time from Swansea to Tenby:
  • By road: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • By rail: 1 hour 45 minutes

National parks in Wales: Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire Coast

Wales is home to three National Parks; Brecon Beacons; Snowdonia and the Pembrokeshire Coast. Unspoilt and protected natural lands, they showcase the many of the best landscapes and heritage sites in the UK. All three National Parks are extremely popular with adventure and outdoor seekers and worth a visit.

  • Travel time from Swansea to Brecon Beacons:
  • By road: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Travel time from Swansea to Snowdonia:
  • By road: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Travel time from Swansea to Pembrokeshire Coast:
  • By road: 1 hour 25 minutes



Bath is a city located in south west England, it is well known for its Roman built baths and architecture. Places of interest include; the Roman Baths, Jane Austen Centre, Fashion Museum and is also very close-by to Stonehenge.

  • Travel time from Swansea to Bath:
  • By road: 2 hours
  • By rail: 2 hours 30 minutes


Bristol is a large city located in south west England. A vibrant city steeped in industrial history, it also a creative hub for culture and arts, notably the famous artist Banksy. Places of interest include; Bristol Zoo, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Watershed, Brunel's SS Great Britain, Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Cathedral.

  • Travel time from Swansea to Bristol:
  • By road: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • By rail: 2 hours


London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. It is an amazing, diverse and dynamic with so much to offer, it is also a major global city with links to the rest of the world. Founded by the Romans, it is extremely popular all year round. Places of interest include; Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, British Museum, Natural History Museum and many more.

  • Travel time from Swansea to London:
  • By road: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • By rail: 3 hours

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