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8 Reasons Why Golfing in Swansea is Unbeatable

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Planning your next golf break?

If you’re looking some quality rounds of golf (and some excellent after-hours activities), we don’t think there’s anywhere better than South West Wales.

Here’s why it’s best to birdie in Swansea: (more…)

Celebrating Easter 2015 with Events in Swansea

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015


The Easter holidays are just a few sleeps away and if you’re planning a trip to sunny South Wales for a few days we have plenty of ideas for things to do in Swansea to keep you busy.

From chocolate egg hunts to tea parties and dragons there are plenty of events on over this two week break. Find out all about them here.


How to Make it a Mother’s Day to Remember in Swansea

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Mother's Day in Swansea

Do you have a mum in a million? Then show her how much you love her with a relaxing weekend away at The Dragon Hotel. There are plenty of things to do in Swansea, from relaxing spas to pounding the pavement and shopping ‘til you drop on Oxford Street.

So how will you make it a Mother’s Day to remember? Here’s some inspiration:


Beaches in Swansea – Horton Beach

Monday, March 9th, 2015


Have you been following our series of blogs on the best beaches in Swansea and the surrounding southern coast? Well, our new favourite has to be Horton Beach!


The Top 5 Places to Watch the Six Nations in Swansea

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

So this time 6 months ago we were talking about the best place to watch the Autumn International rugby in Swansea. The game has come a long way since then, and so has our beloved city, so let’s take a look at the best places to watch a thrilling Six Nations game this spring.


The Best Places to Treat Yourself in Swansea This Pancake Day

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Do you enjoy a sweet treat? Then we bet you’re looking forward to Pancake Day on Tuesday 17th February 2015 aren’t you? Well, if you’ll be in our stunning city on this date there are some great places where you can enjoy this dessert. Here’s some of our favourite places to eat in Swansea at this time of year:


Dinner and a Show: Valentine’s Celebrations in Swansea

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The most romantic day of the year is just a few sleeps away, and if you want to make it extra special this year why not make it a weekend to remember in Swansea?

There’s plenty of things to do in Swansea. From beautiful coastline to bustling city life. Here are a few entertaining dinner and show ideas to inspire you:

Country Legends and Waterside Dining

If you like country music then you will love this show at the Swansea Grand Theatre – for one night only! The Solid Gold Country Legends tour has been voted Best Event by the British C.M.As and is now set to serenade lovers in Swansea this Valentine’s Day.

With old classics from Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, to modern favourites like Shania Twain, this show has a vast catalogue of songs that is sure to get you singing along. And with all the glitz and glamour of the costume changes it will keep you on the tip of your toes throughout.

For a delicious meal before, or maybe some drinks after, pay a visit to the bay side establishment, The River House Restaurant and Lounge. It’s just a short walk from the theatre, and will offer a unique (and romantic) dining experience in chic surroundings that will really make your Valentine’s Day evening.

6 Nations Rugby and Sizzling Steak

Okay, so admittedly rugby may not be the most romantic activity to do this weekend. But with England v Italy and Ireland v France on Saturday, plus the Welsh game on Sunday, this is a must-not-miss event for any sports lover.

There are plenty of great places to watch rugby in Swansea. In fact, we’ve blogged about it here – Where to Watch the Rugby in Swansea.

But if you are looking to sit down and enjoy a meal together just the two of you once that final whistle has been blown we’d recommend you visit Seagers Steak Restaurant and Grillhouse.

Located just outside the city centre, it is likely to be a little quieter, and the food here is great. There’s a vast choice of steaks, chicken, burgers and fish so there is something indulgent for every palate, whether it be a victory or condolence meal.

Beautiful Burlesque and Vegetarian Delights

Swansea Grand Theatre will be bursting at the seams with glitter and glamour this Valentine’s Day thanks to an evening of sassy burlesque in its Arts Wing.

This 18+ show is the hot ticket of the night so make sure to book quick, or risk disappointment of missing international starlet, Scarlett Daggers in her comedic and curvaceous ‘Mad Love’ show.

For something tasty before the big show, book a table at the nearby Govinda Vegetarian Café. They have a mouth-watering cake stand on display here, and if you book in advance, they’ll make a personalised dessert for your loved one.

Of course, if the show goes on late you’ll need somewhere comfortable to lay your weary head for the evening. So why not take a look at the accommodation we have to offer here at the Dragon Hotel.

Top Two Places to Eat in Swansea this Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Are you thinking of wining and dining your other half this Valentine’s Day but you’re unsure about where to go? We’re here to point you in the right direction. Take a look at some of our favourite places to eat in Swansea.


Sometimes when you’re out on a date, the last thing you feel like doing is tucking into a heavy three course meal. At Mosaic, you can enjoy tapas, meze and small dishes – perfect! The best thing about tapas is that you can have a little dabble at everything, and what’s more intimate than sharing?

The food is fresh, inventive and affordable, using both local and exotic ingredients to create something a little bit different. Baked balsamic peaches with goat’s cheese and wild honey dressing is not a dish that you stumble across often! Neither is spicy paprika & citrus marinated chicken. Have we set stomachs rumbling? Be sure to order some delicious rustic bread with oil/vinegar: a classic choice, and sweet potato fries are always a winning side.

Whilst it may not be a traditional restaurant, this modern eatery is the perfect place to go for a swanky evening in a less formal setting. Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year which means that if you choose to dine at Mosaic, you can enjoy live music. A date at Mosaic is sure to go down well.

La Braseria

Known as one of the city’s best-loved restaurants, La Braseria will not disappoint. If the food is good enough for Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, you know you’re onto a winner. The restaurant has been around for over two decades, so it must be doing something right!

La Braseria serves up fresh locally sourced food influenced by the Mediterranean, and offers an extensive wine menu, majoring in French and Spanish wines. If you’re feeling extra generous, why not go for a bottle of the fine stuff? La Braseria boasts one of the most complete champagne lists outside of London and what better day to celebrate with a bottle of bubbly than on Valentine’s Day?!

So what can you eat at this rustic Mediterranean restaurant? The A La Carte menu offers a huge range of starters that are certain to tickle your fancy, and a spoilt-for-choice selection of meats and fish including fillet steak, crispy honeyed duck and a seafood platter for two – the ultimate dish for a romantic Valentine’s date! If you’re after a stunning meal in cosy surroundings, La Braseria is your answer.

Which one will you choose? Be sure to let us know by tweeting us @TheDragonHotel with a brief review as well as the names of your favourite places to eat in Swansea!


(image: KatieJenks88)

2015 at Swansea Grand Theatre: Take in a Show

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

A visit to Swansea is well worth it. There are beautiful scenic walks, blue flag beaches and a vibrant city life, but what do you do should the weather turn sour? If you are looking for things to do in Swansea in the rain we have the perfect answer – a show at the Grand Theatre!




Swansea Grand Theatre – What’s on in 2015?

The Grand Theatre has been a staple part of the city’s entertainment scene for nearly 120 years and it shows no sign of losing popularity anytime soon. Located between Wind Street and the sea, the Grand Theatre is perfectly located to end a pleasant day by the seaside or to start an evening of drinks and dancing.

There are some big faces and well-known plays gracing the stage over the next 12 months. Let’s take a look at our pick of the most anticipated events.

Up For a Laugh?

Many comedians will be making the Swansea audience giggle with delight this year. If you are looking for a laugh why not book to see one of the following performers?

Ross Noble – Tangentleman, 7th Feb, £25
Omid Djalili – Iranalamadingdong, 19th Feb, £23.50
Alan Davies – Little Victories, 28th Mar, £25.50
Dara O’Briain – Crowd Ticker, 4th Apr, £23.50
Lee Nelson – Suited and Booted, 27th Apr, £20.50
Milton Jones – And the Temple of Daft, 15th May, £24.50
Alan Carr – Yap, Yap, Yap! 23rd May, £30.50
Tim Vine – Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You, 6th June, £21.50
Ruby Wax – Sane New World, 29th Jun, £18.00
Kevin Bridges – A Whole Different Story, 1st and 2nd Jul, £25.00
Stewart Francis – Pun Gent, 14th Nov, £19.00






Scare Yourself Senseless

For a gripping theatre experience, you’ll want to see Stephen Mallatratt’s adaption of the Susan Hill novel, The Woman in Black.

The Woman in Black has seen many versions over the years. It was showing on the West End for 25 years and has been made into a film, so Swansea had to get a taste of the action.

Described as ‘gripping’ and ‘thrilling’ we would be surprised if you didn’t end up screaming while watching this cleverly created play.

23rd Feb – 28th Feb, matinees and evening shows, £13.00 to £23.00

Get Cultured!

Swansea will be brought to life with plenty of colour and song this April, with a one night only production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Opera & Ballet International proudly present this Ellen Kent production starring Korean soprano Elena Dee and the Japanese Miki Mori. Madama Butterfly is one of the world’s most popular operas and this version won’t disappoint.

25th Apr, £15.00 to £33.00

See Something Unusual

Cirque Berserk at Swansea Grand Theatre will shock and amaze you. With four sold-out years at London Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland and a nationwide tour, this contemporary circus show is bringing its danger-filled stunts, and classic circus skills to the Welsh population.

2nd Mar – 3rd Mar, various times, £16.00 to £22.00

If you like the sound of any of these shows then why not make it a trip to Swansea for the entire weekend? We have some great special offers on at the moment here at the Dragon Hotel. Check them out here. And for a delicious meal after the show, pay a visit to our Dragon Brasserie and Cafe Bar!

Boats in the Bay: Why Swansea Marina is Great

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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

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)