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A-Z parks, nature reserves and outdoor spaces

Find out more about the parks, gardens and nature reserves around Swansea.

Herbaceous border in Singleton Botanical Gardens

Llys Nini

Llys Nini is owned by the Llys Nini branch of the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA), which is the base for an animal centre.

Loughor Castle

This small park, less than a hectare in size, features the stone remains of Loughor Castle.

Loughor Foreshore

This is a pleasant grassy area with plenty of trees, which as the name would suggest is adjacent to the Loughor Estuary.

Manselton Park

Small urban park with mature trees, open grass areas, a playground, benches and bowling green managed by the local bowling club.

Mawr/Swansea Uplands

Mawr/Swansea Uplands: including Cefn Drum, Graig Fawr, Goppa Hill, Pentwyn Mawr, Mynydd Pysgodlyn, Mynydd Y Gwair, Land northwest of Clydach, Banc Darren Fawr.

Mayhill Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

This small activities park is located next to the community and family centres within this area of Swansea.

Millwood

Millwood is a 126-hectare woodland that is predominately broadleaf.

Morriston Park

An excellent park with a diverse range of facilities which appeal to all ages, from feeding the ducks to skate jumps.

Mumbles Hill Local Nature Reserve

The 23 hectares of Mumbles Hill was declared a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in 1991 to protect the site for both wildlife and people.

Mynydd Bach Common

Mynydd Bach Common is on the urban fringe north of Mynydd Bach School (Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Tirdeunaw), two cemeteries, housing and farmland.

Mynydd Bach y Cocs (linked to Fairwood Common)

This common is 65 hectares in size and linked by a footpath to Gelli Hir Woods - a Wildlife Trust owned and managed site.

Mynydd Bach Y Glo

This is a 34 hectare area of common land, bisected by a railway, containing a range of habitats and is of particular importance due to its location on the urban fringe.

Mynydd Cadle Common

Mynydd Cadle Common is located on the urban fringe of Penderry.

Mynydd Garn Goch

This is a 182 hectare site on the edge of the industrial estate in Penllergaer. Gowerton Road (A484), Swansea Road (B4620) and Hospital Road cross the site.

Mynydd Gelliwastad, Ryddwen Common and Homelean Wood

Mynydd Gelliwastad is a long narrow hill (79.4 hectares) providing lovely views of both sides of the valley.

Newton Cliffs and Summerland Cliffs

This is an area of common land covering 35 hectares of cliff side, situated between Langland Bay and Caswell Bay.

Oystermouth Cemetery and Castle, including Peel Wood

This area encompasses Peel Wood, the cemetery including woodland burial site and the castle grounds.

Parc Llewelyn

A fabulous community park based in the east of the city with a multi-use games area and a kick-about space.

Parc Melin Mynach

Parc Melin Mynach, also known as Monks' Mill, is a landscape of historic interest, with features of industrial heritage, which over time has developed mature tree cover.

Parc Williams

Set within walking distance from Loughor Castle, Parc Williams offers a great deal of facilities for a number of outdoor activities.

Parc y Werin

With two bowling greens and football pitch, Parc y Werin has a number of great facilities to engage and keep visitors of all ages active.

Park Wood

Park Wood is a popular woodland (164 hectares in area) situated within the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Pengwern Common and Fairwood Common

Pengwern and Fairwood are two large areas of adjacent common land (total of 157 hectares and 462 hectares respectively) consisting of wet heathy grassland, marshy grassland with bracken and scrub on the higher ground.

Penlan Slopes

Penlan slopes is surrounded by urban development of Penlan and Brynhyfryd and is predominately composed of dry heath/acid grassland mosaic with smaller areas dominated by scrub and amenity grassland.

Penllergaer Forest

Penllergaer Forest, owned by the Forestry Commission Wales, is a relatively large area (approximately 193 hectares) of woodland, considered to be of considerable community value.

Penllergare Valley Woods

On the northern fringe of Swansea, and within sight of the M4 motorway, lies Penllergare Valley Woods.

Penmaen and Nicholaston Burrows

Penmaen Burrows has a number of important archaeological remains and its position between Three Cliffs Bay and Oxwich Bay makes it a very scenic walk.

Pennard Cliffs and Burrows (Three Cliffs Bay)

Pennard Cliffs (predominantly owned by the National Trust) are a rugged and wildly beautiful stretch of coast on South Gower, with the much photographed Three Cliffs Bay at one end and the equally picturesque Pwll Du Bay at the other end, an approximate distance of 4 miles apart.

Pontlliw Park

This park is located towards the north of the county in the village of Pontlliw.

Primrose Park

Primrose Park is a small leafy park in Llansamlet.

Pwll Du Local Nature Reserve

Comprising of a narrow strip of flat land on top of the cliffs and the slope down to the sea washed rocks, Pwll Du Local Nature Reserve supports a variety of important habitats and plants.

Ravenhill Park

This interesting park has a number of features including a basketball court and concrete amphitheatre.

Rhossili Down and Rhossili Cliffs

At the tip of the Gower Peninsula is the sweeping bay of Rhossili. With the bones of a shipwreck and the tidal island of Worm's Head revealed at low tide, the best way to take it all in is to follow the 200m climb above the bay to Rhossili Down Commons. From here, the views are simply magnificent.

Ryers Down

Ryers Down (owned by the National Trust) is a 68ha area of common land.

Shaw's Community Woodland

Shaw's Wood was a Victorian Tree Nursery and Market Garden (1870-1918) created by Yorkshiremen, brothers, John and William Shaw.

Singleton Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens house one of Wales' premier plant collections, with spectacular herbaceous borders and large glasshouses.

Singleton Park

A must visit for families of all ages. Singleton Park has acres of simple, unadorned green space.

Sketty Park Woods

Sketty Park Woods encompasses a group of 5 small local woods in the Sketty area of Swansea, two of which are easily accessible.

South Gower Coast, Rhossili to Oxwich

This stretch of coast is rich in wildlife and history and is a stunning and varied landscape of cliff scenery, woodland and dunes.

Southend Gardens

A fabulous community park based in Mumbles. Sit back and enjoy the scenery over Swansea Bay whilst the children have fun on the excellent play facilities.

St James Gardens

A small, formal, town mews park with mature trees and seating.

Stafford Common

This common is a mosaic of lowland heath and marshy grassland. Part of the site is mown grass with some sports pitches.

Swansea Canal

Swansea Canal is an attractive green corridor and pleasant setting for a stroll.

Swansea Bay

The wildlife, natural and historical features of Swansea Bay provide an exceptionally high quality environment in which to live, work and develop sustainable tourism.

Swansea Vale Nature Reserve

Swansea Vale Nature Reserve is situated in Swansea Vale, a suburb in northeast Swansea.

Tennant Canal

The Tennant Canal is 8 miles in length from Port Tennant, Swansea to its junction with the Neath Canal at Aberdulais and makes a very pleasant and tranquil walk through unspoilt landscapes despite its industrial associations.

The Wern and the Rallt

These are 5 small, separate pockets of common land in the Llanmorlais/Blue Anchor area.

Townhill Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

An open space in Townhill.

Trallwn Marshy Grassland including Halfway Park

Trallwn Marshy Grasslands is an area of approximately 23 hectares of semi-improved and improved grassland, conifer plantation (Trallwn Woods) and scrub surrounded by urban development.

Trewyddfa Slopes

The northern portion of the site is composed of a mosaic of bracken dominated scrub and marshy grassland.