Swansea

A former centre of the copper industry, earning itself the nickname Copperopolis, Swansea today is a centre for the service sector, with opportunities in public administration, education, health, insurance and finance. Amazon, BT, HSBC and Virgin Media are among major employers in the city.

WOW FACTOR
Name: Brangwyn Hall
Address: The Guildhall, Swansea, SA1 4PE
Tel: 01792 635432
Web: www.swansea.gov.uk/brangwynfunctions

This is an impressive art-deco building in grand style with fantastic acoustics and hung with the vibrant and colourful Brangwyn Panels. The Brangwyn is a versatile flat-floor space accommodating just over a 1,000 delegates and has a wide range of breakout rooms including an adjacent room that can seat 200. The main room can be hired from £1200.

QUIRKY VENUE
Name: National Waterfront Museum
Address: Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3RD
Tel: 029 2057 3600
Web: www.museumwales.ac.uk

A blend of old and new, one of Swansea’s listed warehouse buildings is integrated with an ultra-modern slate and glass building. The exhibition units move aside to offer an interesting and adaptable conference space for up to 300 overall – while still providing access to the exhibition. DDRs are available from £27pp.

OUT OF TOWN
Name: Oxwich Bay Hotel
Address: Oxwich Bay, Gower, Oxwich, SA3 1LS
Tel: 01792 390329
Web: www.oxwichbayhotel.co.uk

Situated on the curving shore of Oxwich Bay in the heart of the Gower Peninsula – the first coastal area in the UK to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Oxwich Bay Hotel is an inspirational setting. Catering for up to 100 guests, there is also an external beachside marquee for larger events. DDR starts from £25pp.

ON A SHOESTRING
Name: Wales National Pool
Address: Sketty Lane, Sketty, Swansea, SA2 8QG
Tel: 01792 513513
Web: www.walesnationalpoolswansea.co.uk

Ideal for small events of up to 60 delegates, this excellent sporting facility has been a training base of Olympians and Paralympians. Situated just a stone’s throw from Swansea Bay the venue has the added flexibility of hiring rooms by the hour if required – which make it a very cost effective venue. Both rooms can be hired for £140 a day, or just the meeting is from £80.

WIRED UP
Name: Swansea University
Address: Conference Services, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8P
Tel: 01792 295665
Web: www.swan.ac.uk

The Bay Campus is new, on the edge of town, and its Great Hall has excellent state-of-the art facilities. The Singleton Campus is beachfront and includes the Taliesin Theatre. The University has first class AV facilities and wifi at no extra cost, and hi-tech IT and videoconferencing facilities. Singleton DDRs are from £24.95 and Bay DDRs are from £26.95.

SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: Dylan Thomas Birthplace
Address: Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands, Swansea, SA2 0RA
Tel: 01792 472555
Web: www.dylanthomasbirthplace.com

Famous wordsmith Dylan Thomas was born and raised in Swansea, and his birthplace has been lovingly restored. An evocative venue for a small corporate event or meeting; refreshments are prepared in Dylan’s Mam’s kitchen and have a distinctive Welsh homemade wholesomeness. DDRs are from £15 or add the Taste of Wales buffet for £20.

SWANSEA INFORMATION

Getting there: There are regular direct trains from London Paddington, Bristol Parkway, Cardiff, Newport, Hereford, Shrewsbury, Crewe and Manchester. Drivers can reach Swansea via the M4 and the journey time from London is around three and a half hours. Alternatively, fly to Cardiff with Flybe or Aer Lingus.

Further Information: Contact the Visit Swansea Bay tourism team for advice on organising a conference or event here www.visitswanseabay.com/conferences-groups to discover venues and suppliers available, email tourism.team@swansea.gov.uk or call 01792 635 208.