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The village of Mumbles / Mwmbwls

Mumbles (Mwmbwls in Welsh) is a small fishing village situated at the Western end of Swansea Bay, at the entrance to The Gower Peninsula. Currently well known as the birthplace of Catherine Zeta Jones and Ian Hislop, Mumbles was previously a frequent haunt of Dylan Thomas and his friends.


This little bustling village (and I say village, but really it is much larger than the other villages in the rest of Gower) is host to a great variety of shops, cafes, wine bars, pubs and restaurants. Ice cream parlours are dotted along the promenade and in the main tourist season the "Mumbles Land Train" can be seen chugging its way along the sea front, transporting people to and from Swansea.

Popular with the young and old alike, Mumbles is never quiet. From water sports enthusiasts, roller-bladers, cyclists and young families, to those who prefer a more dignified quiet stroll or to simply sit and watch as the bustle continues around them.

The busy pace of Mumbles life continues into the night when crowds are drawn to the exclusive restaurants and the infamous "Mumbles Mile" (a large number of pubs within a very short walking distance).

Oystermouth Castle On the hillside behind the main shopping area of Mumbles, is Oystermouth Castle which appears to have had numerous re-builds, on account of warfare, during its chequered life. It is believed that the Lords of Gower once inhabited the castle.

On the Western side of Mumbles, you will find the Pier, the famous lighthouse and two small rocky coves of Bracelet and Limeslade. The much larger, sandy Langland Bay that is very popular with surfers is a further mile around the coast.

Churches and Chapels
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Mumbles Methodist Church
Mumbles Rd, Mumbles
01792 362290
All Saints Church
Mumbles Rd, Oystermouth
01792 361684
Mumbles Baptist Church
Newton Rd, Mumbles
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Our Lady Star of the Sea RC,
9 Promenade Terrace, Mumbles
01792 366305
Tabernacle United Reformed Church, Newton Road, Mumbles
01792 363173
Castleton Independent Chapel
40-41 Newton Rd, Mumbles
01792 363349
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Hintons Folly, Mumbles: more
Clean, well equipped bungalow sleeping 3 (1 double, 1 single) in a quiet cul-de-sac only 400 yards from the sea and a few minutes from the heart of Mumbles. Conservatory and small garden. No smoking or pets. 01792 892301 or 07790 529459 (evenings) or email
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Holiday Cottages, Mumbles: more
Delightful 4* holiday retreats in Mumbles - choose from fishermans cottages Periwinkle or Cockleshell, both with stunning sea views or contemporary bungalow Thistleboon with lovely verandah & garden. All have parking & wi-fi & walking distance to cafes, pubs & beaches.
Amenities in Mumbles (for other amenities in Gower and the local area, please click here)
Mumbles has all the services that you would expect from a thriving town suburb. From a post office, banks, supermarkets and grocery shops, to hardware shops, exclusive boutiques, florists, hairdressers, gift shops, antiques, book shops, newsagents and for those who fall in love with the area and decide that they can't possibly leave; estate agents.

Please view the area map, to get your bearings and familiarise yourself with the roads.  Below are the approximate travelling times by car to the various villages.  To view their facilities, please click on the specific village page (where applicable) or view the complete directory.


mins by car
mins by car
Bishopston (and Kittle, Murton)
Penclawdd (and Blue Anchor, Cilonnen, Crofty, Llanmorlais, Welshmoor, Wernffrwd)
Penmaen (and Nicholaston)
Pennard (and Southgate)
Port Eynon (and Overton, Scurlage)
Llanmadoc (and Cheriton, Cwm Ivy)
Reynoldston (and Burry, Burry Green, Knelston, Llandewi)
Llanrhidian (and Cilibion, Oldwalls)
Rhossili (and Middleton, Pilton Green, Pitton)
Mumbles (and Langland)
Oxwich (and Slade)
Three Crosses
Parkmill (and Ilston, Llethryd, Lunnon)
Upper Killay


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