Travel Guide

How to get here and the best ways to get around.









Detailed maps of the Gower


Ordnance Survey > OS Explorer Map sheet 164
Scale 1:25 000 (4 cm to 1 km, 2½ inches to 1 mile)
ISBN: 9780319236284 (0319236285)

If you are planning a trip to the Gower Peninsula, the Ordnance Survey Explorer series are ideal and specially designed for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and all involved in outdoor activities. The maps include, Picnic areas and viewpoints, Selected places of interest, Rights of way information, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, Selected Tourist information.

There ia also a waterproof verion of this map -
OS Explorer Map - Active. The maps are covered in a protective durable plastic coating that can be written on, so your favourite routes can be easily highlighted.
ISBN: 9780319461709 (031946170X)

To purchase maps please visit www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk



How to get here

The Gower is an easy destination to reach by train, car, coach, sea or air.



By car

The Gower Peninsula is only 3 ½ hours drive from London, and is an ideal location to escape to for a relaxing short break set in peaceful surroundings.

The M4 runs directly to Port Talbot, Neath and Swansea. The M6, M5, M42 and M50 connect the area to Southern Scotland, North and South West England as well as the Midlands.

To plan how to get to Swansea visit AA Routefinder



By bus or coach

Express coaches run direct to Swansea Bay from Central London, Gatwick & Heathrow Airports, West & South Yorkshire, the West Midlands and Cardiff.

Try Traveline Cymru which is the one stop shop for bus, coach and rail journey planning and timetable information. To plan how to get to Swansea visit www.traveline-cymru.org.uk
or ring 0871 200 2233









Once arrived on the Gower, the local bus service, The Gower Explorer, is one of the best and greenest ways of getting around. The service from Swansea visits all the major beaches and the start of superb walking routes to several heritage attraction, pubs and restaurants for a good lunch, whilst for many people the scenic bus journey itself is the main focus of an enjoyable day's sightseeing. A Day Explorer ticket which covers travel on almost the whole of Gower costs as little as £3.70. A bargain when you consider current fuel prices. For journey planning and timetable information please visit www.countrygoer.org/Wales/gowerexplorer.


By boat

Swansea cork ferry

This new ferry service saves 600km (375 miles) driving on a round trip and connects the M4 Motorway in the UK directly to Cork on Ireland's South coast. The service will offer overnight sailing 6 nights a week (Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday from Cork and Wednesday, Friday & Sunday from Swansea) departing at 21:00 and arriving at 7:00 the next morning. Additional sailings will be added in the high season.

The MV Julia has capacity for up to 1,860 passengers, 440 cars, 40 trucks and over 300 cabins on board for a comfortable journey. Facilities include a selection of restaurants, bars, shops, cinema, children's area and comfortable kennels available for your pets.
www.fastnetline.com


Severnlink ferries. Linking Wales and the South West.

With the launch of the Severn Link FlyingCat ferry, the beautiful and historic shores of North Devon and South Wales will now be a short and stress free 50 minute journey.

The Severn Link service is a bold new step to reconnect the communities, heritage, and people of Wales, Devon, Somerset and Cornwall, making them accessible to holidaymakers, families, and businesses on both sides of the Bristol Channel.
Severn link ferries.com


By train

Frequent trains run direct from London Paddington, Bristol, Manchester and Cardiff to the Swansea Bay area, and there are good connections from north-east, south and south west England.
National Rail Enquiries: 08457 48 49 50



By Air

For travellers arriving by air, there are good rail / bus links to Swansea Bay from London Gatwick & Heathrow, Bristol and Cardiff International Airports.

Cardiff International Airport is only 50 minutes away from Swansea Bay by road or rail and offers scheduled flights from Canada and many major UK and European cities such as Manchester, Newcastle, Edimburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Paris, Brussels and Cork. Airlines operating from CIA include KLM, bmi Baby, flybe, aer arann, eastern airways and other low-cost airlines.
For information visit info.cwlfly.com

The Gower peninsula has its own airport. Swansea Airport - Fairwood common, is situated on the western fringes of the city and is suitable for privately arranged fixed wing and rotary wing flights. For information visit www.swanseaairport.com/