Nestled on the beautiful coast of South Wales, Swansea is a warm and welcoming place for everyone, including our furry friends. What makes Swansea extra special for dog lovers is that it’s a city that loves dogs just as much as you do. You’ll find plenty of parks, beaches, and friendly cafes where you and your four-legged pal can enjoy the beauty of Swansea and the surrounding area together.
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Dog Friendly Swansea Places to Visit
There are some absolutely stunning places in Swansea and the surrounding areas (such as Mumbles and The Gower Peninsula) to visit with your dog. Here are a few of our favourites dog friendly places to visit in Swansea.
The National Showcaves for Wales
- The National Showcaves for Wales, Abercraf, Swansea SA9 1GJ
Discover the wonder of the National Showcaves for Wales in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. These caves, like Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave, and Bone Cave, take you on an amazing underground adventure, showing you the incredible things nature can do. You’ll see stunning rock formations, underground rivers, and even ancient animal fossils. But that’s not all! There’s also a dinosaur park with big, lifelike dinosaur models that make you feel like you’re back in the time of the dinosaurs. The National Showcaves offer a fun and educational experience for families and nature lovers, blending nature’s beauty with history.
- Oystermouth Castle, Castle Ave, Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BA
Sitting atop a hill in Swansea, Wales, Oystermouth Castle is a real historical treasure. This old castle has been around since the 12th century and gives you some incredible views of Swansea Bay. When you visit, you can walk around the ancient walls, towers, and even the old underground dungeons. It’s a great way to learn about the area’s interesting history. The castle’s strategic location played a crucial role in the past, making it an intriguing site for history enthusiasts. Today, it’s a cool place to explore, with its old ruins and displays that take you back in time. Definitely worth a visit for history buffs and anyone who loves beautiful scenery!
Gower Heritage Centre
- Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill, Gower SA3 2EH
Nestled in the heart of the Gower Peninsula in Wales, the Gower Heritage Centre is a lovely place where you can explore history, culture, and nature all in one. You’ll find traditional crafts, a watermill, and fun things to do inside. There’s craft workshops and even a pottery studio for you to try out. Plus, they throw events and festivals that celebrate the local history and crafts. The best part? The place is super friendly and welcoming, making it a great spot for everyone to enjoy the traditions and creativity of this beautiful area.
Clyne Farm Centre
- Clyne Farm Centre, Westport Ave, Mayals, Swansea SA3 5AR
Nestled in the beautiful Swansea countryside, Clyne Farm Centre is a fantastic place for those who love the outdoors and nature. There’s lots of fun things to do like horseback riding, archery, and if you’re into adventure, rope courses. Or if you just want to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings, you can go for walks on the pretty trails, take in the amazing views of Swansea Bay, and stay in comfy cottages. Whether you want excitement or a quiet getaway, this place has it all!
The Best Dog Friendly Walks in Swansea
Discover the paw-some beauty of Swansea; from scenic coastal strolls to lush park adventures, these tail-wagging trails are a treat for both you and your furry friend. Unleash the adventure and explore Swansea, the surrounding area, The Gower Peninsula and The Mumbles together.
Clyne Valley Country Park
- Clyne Valley Country Park, Sketty, Swansea SA2 8EW
Clyne Valley Country Park, in Swansea, Wales, has beautiful woods, winding paths, and a calm river – perfect for those who love being outdoors and want a peaceful time. You can spot all sorts of wildlife, like birds and butterflies, while you’re out picnicking or just taking a leisurely walk. Families with kids will love the playground, and it’s a favourite spot for dog walking. The paths are easy to get around, and the whole place has a relaxing vibe.
National Trust Rhosili
- National Trust Rhosili, Rhossili, Swansea SA3 1PR
National Trust Rhossili, located on the stunning Gower Peninsula in Wales, is a coastal paradise that boasts some of the UK’s most breathtaking scenery. It has wide sandy beaches, tall cliffs, and views that will take your breath away. You can go for nice, relaxed walks along the coast and see Worm’s Head, a tidal island that juts out into the Bristol Channel. If you love nature, there are lots of animals and wildflowers here too. It’s a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the beauty of the coast.
- Penmaen, Swansea SA3 2HJ
Located on the Gower Peninsula, Penmaen is a top place for dog walkers. There’s beautiful footpaths, rocky cliffs, and golden beaches – perfect for your furry pals to run and play. You and your dog can go on scenic walks, explore the shoreline, and check out the amazing views of Three Cliffs Bay. And the best part? There are friendly cafes and pubs around, so you can grab a bite and rest after your adventure. Penmaen is like paradise for dogs, where they can have a great time, and you can enjoy the beauty of nature together.
Pobbles Bay Beach
- Pobbles Bay, Southgate, Swansea SA3 2HD
Pobbles Bay Beach, nestled on the picturesque Gower Peninsula in Wales, is a hidden gem which offers a secluded stretch of golden sands and dramatic cliffs, providing an ideal playground for your dog. They can roam freely along the shore, splash in the sparkling waters, and even explore the nearby caves and rock pools. The beach’s relaxed atmosphere welcomes dogs year-round, making it a haven for both locals and visitors looking for a tranquil and pet-friendly escape. Pobbles Bay Beach is a little piece of paradise where dogs can frolic, and their owners can savor the natural beauty of the coastline.
- Llangennith Beach, Llangennith, West Glamorgan, SA3 1JD
Llangennith Beach, on the gorgeous Gower Peninsula in Wales, is a perfect place for dog walkers. This expansive, sandy beach stretches as far as the eye can see, providing an ideal playground for canine companions. The best part? Dogs are welcome here all year round, so it’s a real hit with local dog owners and anyone looking for a beautiful coastal walk with their pets. Llangennith Beach is a doggy paradise where they can have a blast, and you can soak in the stunning coastal views.
Penllergare Valley Woods
- Penllergaer Valley Woods, Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9GS
Penllergare Valley Woods, nestled in the heart of Swansea, Wales, is a perfect retreat for dog walkers. This peaceful woodland has lots of pretty paths that run alongside the River Llan – perfect for a relaxed stroll with your furry friend. You’ll find bridges, waterfalls, and quiet ponds to explore while you’re here. The best part? They’re happy to have dogs all year round, so it’s a real hit with local dog owners and anyone who wants a calm, nature-filled walk. It’s a place where dogs can have fun, and you can enjoy the peaceful beauty of the woods.
Pwll Du Bay Beach
Pwll du, which translates from Welsh into Black pool, sits at the bottom of Bishopston Valley on the southern Gower Coastline.
The nearest parking is at Bishopston or Southgate (approx. 400m). The distance between car park and beach may include difficult or rough terrain.
Swansea Bay Beach
- County Hall Beach (Swansea Bay), SA1 9SH
Swansea Bay Beach is a great place for dog lovers. This sandy stretch along the beautiful Swansea coastline is perfect for taking your furry friend on a nice, leisurely walk. There’s plenty of room for dogs to run and play, especially during low tide when the shoreline expands. You can bring your dog here any time of the year, and you can enjoy the lovely views of the bay while your dog has a blast in the sand.
Dog-friendly Cafés and Restaurants in Swansea
Mumbles Pier Beach Hut Café
- Mumbles Pier Beach Hut Cafe, Mumbles Pier, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4EN
The Beach Hut Café at Mumbles Pier is a family (and dog) friendly cafe and ice cream parlour with ample gluten free and vegan options available.
- Zinco Lounge, 30 Princess Way, Swansea SA1 5HE
Zinco Lounge is open all day and offers a wide range of food and drink options; including breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails. They have a great selection of vegan and gluten free options and as seasoned UK Pet Guide readers know, we are BIG fans of the Lounges chain. Well behaved dogs are always welcome, and there’s water and treats available for them to enjoy.
Mermaid Café Bar and Restaurant
- Mermaid Cafe Bar and Restaurant, 686 Mumbles Rd, Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4EE
Mermaid Café Bar and Restaurant in Mumbles offers fresh, hearty, good food and great views for all attending. They have a dedicated dog friendly area and dog menu which includes dog friendly ice cream!
- Diablos SA1, Unit 1, Altamar, Kings Road, Swansea SA1 8PP
Diablos SA1 is a popular restaurant and live music venue located in Swansea, Wales. After nine years of success in Carmarthen, Diablos SA1 took over the Garbo’s SA1 site in the waterfront area of Swansea. The restaurant offers a diverse menu, including breakfast options, hot dogs, burgers, and more. It is known for its vibrant atmosphere and live music performances, making it a popular destination for both dining and entertainment.
- Coast Cafe, Trawler Rd, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 1XA
Coast Cafe is an independent coffee shop located in Swansea Marina. They serve great coffee and food for humans, plus dog sausages, dog gelato and puppacinos for furry friends, and their entire ground level is dog friendly.
The Secret Bar & Kitchen
- The Secret Beach Bar & Kitchen, Mumbles Rd, Brynmill, Swansea SA2 0AY
The Secret Beach Bar & Kitchen is a restaurant situated alongside Swansea Bay’s beautiful beachfront, offering stunning views of the coastline. The restaurant serves delicious, freshly prepared, quality food, or you could enjoy coffee and cake in to have in or take away. There’s plenty of vegan and veggie options, and dogs can enjoy some delicious treats and puppacinos.
Bay View Bar & Thai Dining
- Bay View Bar & Thai Dining, 400 Oystermouth Rd, Swansea SA1 3UL
Bay View Bar & Thai Dining is a combined pub, lounge and Thai restaurant, and dogs are allowed in the bar and lounge areas.
Hoogah Café, Bar + Kitchen
- Hoogah Café, Bar + Kitchen, 68 Brynymor Rd, Swansea SA1 4JJ
Hoogah Café, Bar + Kitchen is known for offering a combination of cafe, bar, and kitchen services. The venue is recognized for serving high-quality food and drinks. They are also very community orientated, with a charity of the month and great events for the community to take part in, such as live music, makers markets and community workshops.
Founders & Co.
- Founders & Co, 24 Wind St, Swansea SA1 1DY
Founders & Co. is a bar and food hall featuring delicious food an drink from homegrown South Wales makers. They also have a vintage clothing stall, barbers and The Emporium which stocks items from Swansea makers.
Love You a Latte
- Love You a Latte, 50 Newton Rd, Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BQ
Love You a Latte is an independent Italian cafe bar located in the Mumbles area of Swansea. They offer food and snacks, including paninis and other Italian delicacies.
Dog-friendly Pubs in Swansea
Welcome Country Pub and Kitchen
- Welcome Country Pub and Kitchen, Mill Ln, Llanrhidian, Swansea SA3 1EH
Welcome Country Pub and Kitchen is a modern village pub in Llanrhidian and is known for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere. They serve food made from locally sourced ingredients and have a lovely beer garden, and it is family and dog friendly.
King’s Head Inn
- King’s Head Inn, Llangyfelach Rd, Treboeth, Swansea SA5 9EL
The King’s Head Treboeth is a family-owned public house and restaurant, offering a welcoming and cozy atmosphere
The Beaufort Arms
- The Beaufort Arms, 18 Pennard Rd, Kittle, Gower SA3 3JG
The Beaufort Arms is a pub and restaurant located in the village of Kittle, on Pennard Road. It’s situated in the heart of Kittle and is conveniently close to some of Gower’s beautiful beaches and scenic spots, so perfect for some food or drink before or after a beach walk.
The Gower Inn
- The Gower Inn, Parkmill, Swansea SA3 2EQ
The Gower Inn offers food, drink and a cosy atmosphere, and their menus offer a wide range of options for different dietary requirements.
The Ship Inn
- The Ship, 98-99 Pentreguinea Rd, St Thomas, Swansea SA1 8DJ
You’ll find a friendly welcome, good drinks, live music and food at The Ship Inn in St Thomas.
The Welsh House Swansea
- The Welsh House Swansea, Unit 5, J Shed Arcade, Swansea SA1 8PL
The Welsh House Swansea is a restaurant and gin bar. It is known for its focus on supporting local Welsh suppliers and sourcing predominantly Welsh produce, and their chefs have been trained by Marco Pierre White, so you know that the food served is of excellent quality, and include veggie and vegan options.
- Beer Riff Brewing, Pilot House Wharf, Swansea SA1 1UN
Fans of local craft beer rejoice; Beer Riff Brewing has its taproom situated on top of its brewery, offering scenic views of Swansea Marina. The taproom is the place to enjoy their brews, with 15 taps serving an ever-changing rotation of their in-house creations and other select beers.
Dog Friendly Shops in Swansea
- Swansea Market, Oxford St, Swansea, South West, Wales, SA1 3PQ
Well behaved dogs have been welcome at Swansea Market since 2021, as long as they are on a lead and follow their doggy rules. In honour of this dog-friendly environment, Swansea Market has its own pup named Jack, named after Swansea Jack. You might even have a chance to meet him during your visit. If not, but your dog is thirsty, you’ll find a bowl of water at Swansea Jack’s kennel.
Gower Kite Shop
- Gower Kite Shop. Pitton Cross, Rhossili SA3 1PT
The Gower Kite Shop (formally The Gower Kite Centre) can be found just outsude of Rhossili on the Gower Peninsula. They sell the largest range of kits in the area and also offer demo flights.
Gill Clement Jewellers
- Gill Clement Jewellers, 91 Newton Rd, Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BN
Gill Clement Jewellers is a renowned British jewelry designer based in The Mumbles, South Wales. All of the jewellery is made in the studio and has been since 1982.
Quadrant Shopping Centre
- Quadrant Shopping Centre, Dillwyn St, Swansea SA1 3QW
Great news for dog lovers in Swansea; in 2023 the Quadrant became the first dog friendly shopping mall in Wales!
Not every shop in the mall is dog friendly, however, the mall itself and a large majority of the shops within it, are. Make sure to check the shopping centre dog rules – on the same page you’ll also find a list of dog friendly shops in the Quadrant Swansea.
- Dewkes of Sketty, 92 Gower Rd, Sketty, Swansea SA2 9BZ
- Dewkes of Mumbles, 63 Newton Road, The Mumbles, Swansea, SA3 4BL
Dewkes is a family run pet shop and offers a wide range of pet products; it’s a one-stop shop for pet owners! They also offer dog grooming services, so if your dog needs a trim, make sure to see if you can book them in.
Dog Friendly Accommodation in Swansea: Where to Stay
Clyne Farm Centre
- Clyne Farm Centre, Westport Ave, Mayals, Swansea SA3 5AR
We’ve previously mentioned Clyne Farm Centre as a place to visit, but it is not just a place visit, but also a place to stay!
Clyne Farm Centre is family run and offers dog friendly self catering cottages with an absolutely stunning view. Whether you choose to take part in activities at Clyne Farm, or just use it as a base to visit Swansea and the surrounding area, it’s a great place to stay with your dog.
Kings Head Inn
- Kings Head Inn, Clos St Cenydd, Llangennith, Swansea SA3 1HX
The King’s Head Inn in Llangennith is a 17th-century four-star inn located in the beautiful Gower Peninsula. Despite the age of the inn, rooms are modern and built with guests in mind, making them the ideal base for you to use to explore The Gower, Swansea and the surrounding area.
Mercure Swansea Hotel
- Mercure Swansea Hotel, Phoenix Way, Llansamlet, Swansea SA7 9EG
Located near the Liberty Stadium, the Mercure Swansea Hotel is a great place to stay while you explore the city and surrounding area.
Well behaved, quiet dogs are welcome, with a limit of 1 pet per room, There is a £15 per stay charge and residents will be responsible for any damage caused. In order to book in your pet, you’ll neeed to contact the hotel directly.
- Ibis Swansea, Fabian Way, A483, South Wales, Port Tennant, Swansea SA1 8LD
Conveniently situated just five minutes from junction 42 of the M4, the Ibis Swansea offers a great base to explore Swansea and the local area.
Ibis Swansea allows pets of any size for a fee of £10 per pet, per night.
Dylan Thomas House
- Dylan Thomas House, 5 Cwmdonkin Dr, Uplands, Swansea SA2 0RA
Dylan Thomas House was originally owned y the Thomas family and can now be rented privately. There are 2 double bedrooms and a twin bedded room. Dylan’s room is also in the house, but this cannot be slept in as it’s a World Literary Heritage site.
Village Hotel Swansea
- Village Hotel Swansea, Langdon Rd, Swansea SA1 8QY
The Village Hotel Swansea is located in the Waterfront area of Swansea and is a comfortable, stylish hotel with everything you’ll need for a good stay. Alongside a pub and grill, a gym and pool, there’s also a Starbucks and co-working space!
Please make sure to contact the hotel in advance of booking to ensure that your dog will be able to stay.
- Beachcomber, 364 Oystermouth Rd, Swansea SA1 3UL
If B&Bs are more your thing, make sure to check out Beachcomber – a quaint, comfy B&B which is within walking distance of the city centre, university, arena and Grand Theatre. Look out for a red and white guesthouse – that’s Beachcomber! Reviews quote Beachcomber as ‘A clean and comfortable, dog friendly stay‘