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    Arriving in Swansea by train? Avis has a rental desk just a couple of minutes' walk from Swansea train station.

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Hire a car in Swansea

What Swansea may lack in visual aesthetic, it makes up for in endearing affection.

On the cusp of a slow regeneration, Swansea was once cast as an ugly, lovely town by poet Dylan Thomas, a sentiment which is quickly losing relevance. Situated at the point at where the River Tawe empties into the bay, the areas surrounding Swansea are naturally beautiful. Venture to the shores of Swansea Bay and find your Welsh spirit along the Gower.

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Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the most popular rental length in Swansea?
A. Six to seven days.

Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Swansea?
A. October.

Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Swansea?
A. Hertz is the cheapest car rental brand in Swansea, offering cars from just £9 per day.

*Based on easyCar real booking data.

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Explore the coast

The Gower Peninsula

The UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Gower Peninsula makes for a great weekend road trip from Swansea. With at least 1,200 archaeological sites, sandy stretches and fantastic views, you’ll want to plan your weekend drive carefully. Here are some top highlights to check out:

Oystermouth Castle – Overlooking Swansea Bay, the best view of the surrounding landscape and Swansea is from the castle’s 30-foot-high glass bridge.

Worm’s Head – An island shaped like a serpent, joined to the mainland by a rocky causeway, which disappears with the rising tide. Worm's Head is the most westerly point of Gower and an oasis for wildlife.

Rhossili Bay – The superstar of British beaches, Rhossili was once named Europe’s third best beach. From here you can walk out to Worm’s Head and at low tide the remains of an 1887 shipwreck appear.

The ultimate Swansea road trip

  • Swansea Train Station

    The fourth busiest train station in Wales with frequent services from London.

  • Pembroke

    This walled town was the birthplace of Henry VII and is famous for its Norman Castle.

  • Aberystwyth

    A university and holiday resort town lined with Victorian seafront homes.

  • Snowdonia

    Wales’ most notable national park made up of glacial landforms, lakes and rocky mountains.

  • Anglesey

    Drive across a suspension bridge to access this island and explore its beaches and ancient architecture.

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Escape the city

Dark skies

Wales is a stargazer’s paradise and an easy place to escape the light pollution of the big bright cities. A car is a must in order to reach the darkest corners of the country. From Swansea, it is around an hour’s drive to the following dark sky spots:

Port Eynon – When driving along the Gower Peninsula, skip Rhossili Bay and head to Port Eynon. One of the darkest spots in Wales, campsites here will give you a clear picture of the night sky.

Nash Point Lighthouse – Park your car at the Nash Point car park, sit next to the coastline and look up.

Usk Reservoir – Located within Brecon Beacons National Park – the first dark-sky reserve in Wales – this reservoir is one of the quietest places to adore the night sky. There is also parking provided.

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