“What to do in Swansea?” may be a question hot on your lips if you are planning a stay at the Dragon Hotel. Well, a must-stop, just around the corner, is Swansea market.
Swansea Market: A Brief History
Swansea market started nearly a thousand years ago when people began gathering on the castle grounds to sell their wares. In 1652 a formal market hall was built in Castle Square but this was soon outgrown. So in 1830 the market was re-sited to Oxford Street near where it stands today.
Yet again this market became too small and in 1897 a brand new purpose built, totally enclosed market opened. By the 1920s the market was huge with over 670 stalls but sadly it was devastated by German bombing during the Second World War.
After the devastation of the war the market traded as open air stalls until the £1.25million was raised for the current market to be built. The market opened in 1961 and has been an iconic part of Swansea city ever since.
Why Visit Swansea Market?
Swansea market is Wales’ largest indoor market with over 100 stalls selling a variety of produce, many of which have been serving Swansea’s population for generations (Coakley-Green Fishmongers has been run by the same family here for 158 years).
The market holds the following stalls:
• Bakery and confectionary
• Cards and gifts
• Clothing, footwear and accessories
• Deli and health foods
• Electrical tools
• Fish and seafood
• Fruit and vegetables
• Homewares and fabrics
• Cosmetics, perfume and toiletries
Ladies, if you are looking for make-up, perfume or any form of cosmetic or toiletry The Powder Room is well worth a visit. Here you can get well-known branded products for a fraction of the price seen on the high street with no compromise on quality. And there’s always some colourful scarves and other accessories lining the door if you fancy a browse.
Grab a bite to eat at one of the many cafés in the centre of the market such as Sandy’s Lunchbox or the Country Kitchen, and purchase a pot of cockles at one of the local seafood rotundas. The Norfolk Bakery do some great Welsh cakes for dessert.
If you want to take a little prezzie back for your friends and family we’d recommend the homemade preserves from the A Little Bit Welsh stall or maybe a selection of coasters filled with beautiful photos of the Welsh coast and countryside from stall 8 – Wales Through a Lens. At £1.50 a coaster they’re a bargain!
Swansea market is open 6 days a week (7 in the run up to Christmas), 8am to 5:30pm during weekdays and 7:30am to 5:30pm on Saturdays. And you will find the market on:
There are multiple entrances to the market. These can be found on:
1. Oxford Street
2. Union Street
4. The Quadrant
If you are travelling here from the Dragon Hotel, the Quadrant entrance opposite Primark is your best bet and only half a mile’s walk away.
So the next time you are wondering what do in Swansea you know the answer – a trip to the market!