Swansea is the perfect destination for those who love the great outdoors as well as city life. There’s beautiful beaches, scenic walks and of course a very practical marina. If you own a boat, Swansea Marina makes for the perfect mooring. Let’s find out more about it.
Swansea Marina is where the city meets the sea. With blue flag status since 2005 and 5 gold anchors from the Yacht Harbour Association, this is a boating area to rival the best in the country.
Swansea Marina is in a great location with direct access to the River Tawe, just a short journey away from the Bristol Channel, making it a convenient location for trips short and long. At the end of the day step off your boat and into the cosmopolitan area of bars and restaurants along the waterside for a delicious meal with a view.
And after a long summer out at sea, Swansea Marina has a boat yard where you can service your boat or pop into the shops for some essential equipment.
If you are looking for somewhere to moor your boat in South Wales, Swansea Marina makes a great option. The main marina is split into three phases:
• Phase 1 is the closest to the River Tawe and therefore is accessed via the marina lock.
• Phase 2 is the next along and is accessed through the swing bridge. Near to this you will find the National Waterfront Museum and the Swansea Museum boats.
• Phase 3 is the furthest away from the marina lock and is found at the foot of the Swansea landmark – the Meridian Tower.
(image: Swansea Marina)
Swansea Marina Facilities and Services
Car parking – There are many options for parking your car. Berth holders or visitors can pay and display in the north side car park, or there is another area near the bridgehead gates.
For long stay parking, the boatyard is open during the summer months. You will need a parking permit sticker to park here. These are available from the reception.
Maintenance – The boatyard is home to many businesses who can repair your boat, whether you have hull, wood or even electrical problems. There is a 20ton travel hoist available, as well as a crane for masts.
If you would like to store items while your boat is on land there is free but limited storage for annual berth holders.
Rubbish and Recycling – At the top of each bridgehead you will find the refuse compounds. Here there will be trolleys parked for your convenience. Sealed rubbish bags should go in the skips and there is a number of recycling options located here too.
Telephones – Mobile phone signal in the marina is generally quite good, but there is a public payphone on the north side bridgehead gate in phase 1 should you need to use it.
Water, Diesel and Gas – Water pipes are fitted to fill tanks from the pontoons, and there are diesel pumps on both sides of the lock. You can also pick up bottled diesel or gas from the marina office. There is no petrol available here, but there are sources nearby.
Laundry – If you would like to do some washing when in the marina there is a laundrette in the reception. You will have to supply your own washing powder though.
Electricity – Electricity supply in the marina is controlled by pay-as-you-go cards. You can get your own card and have credit put on it in the marina office, or there are vending machines in M bridgehead.
Toilets and Showers – Access to toilets and showers is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but you will need a marina pontoon security fob to get in. You can obtain one of these in the south control building, next to the phase 1 north side bridgehead, or near the phase 2 south side bridgehead.
Other Facilities or services:
• Free WiFi
• Onsite boat engineer, chandler and sale maker
• Nearby beach
• Contract extensions available when away
Marina Opening Times
Reception is open from 7am to 9pm between April and September, and from 7am to 6pm the rest of the year.
The locks are open as follows:
Every day BST 7am to 10pm
Weekends GMT 7am to 10pm
Week days GMT 7am to 7pm
Even if you don’t have a boat Swansea Marina is a great place to visit. There’s something so peaceful about the water despite being so close to the city. And the bars and restaurants here offer some brilliant views out to sea.
Plus it’s under a mile away from the Dragon Hotel, so we think it is one of the best places to go in Swansea.
(top image: Jaggery under CC BY-SA 2.0)