Swansea is a coastal city and county in Wales. It is Wales's second largest city.Local produce includes cockles and laverbread which are sourced from the Loughor estuary. Local Gower salt marsh lamb is produced from sheep which are raised in the salt marshes of the estuary. Swansea's most famous daughter is actress Catherine Zeta-Jones who still owns a home in Mumbles. The poet Dylan Thomas was born in the town and grew up at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands where he lived for 23 years.
Thomas Birth Place
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Swansea Marina was awarded blue flag status in June 2005 and has been awarded five gold anchors by the Yacht Harbour Association. The yacht marina was opened in 1982 providing berths for 385 boats. It was not until 1992 that the Swansea barrage was completed, transforming the River Tawe into long lake.
Swansea Museum provides free access to six galleries with a variety of exhibits from an ancient mummy’s tomb to temporary exhibitions on current issues and modern interests. Access to the maritime section is available in June, July and August. The museum has three boats in its collections:Lightship 'Helwick, Tug boat Canning, 1909 Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Olga. The Tramshed in the Marina displays memorabilia from the former street trams of Swansea and the Mumbles tram that ran around the edge of the bay from Swansea town centre to Mumbles pier.
exhibits a wide range of tropical plants, and insects, reptiles, and
fish. The glasshouse contains two climate zones: Tropical with a
rainforest, and Arid. The collection includes over 5,000 plants.
There is supporting life including crested geckos, tarantulas, red-bellied piranha, koi carp, green-winged macaws, parakeets, lorikeets, chameleons, bearded dragons and a Burmese python.
Thomas Birth Place Dylan Thomas was born in Cwmdonkin Drive
in the Uplands area of Swansea and much of his work was influenced
by many of the places in and around Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of a team of dedicated Dylan Thomas enthusiasts, his birthplace and childhood home at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive has been fully restored to its 1914 condition.
National Waterfront Museum deals with Wales' history of industrial revolution and innovation by combining significant historical artifacts with modern technologies, such as interactive touchscreens and multimedia presentation systems. Much effort has been put into accessibility for the new museum, and is one of the first museums in the United Kingdom to feature multilingual voiceovers, as well as British Sign Language captioning on all interactive content.