All the exciting new attractions coming to Swansea and when we are likely to see them

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There are plenty of new attractions coming to Swansea for people to enjoy after the coronavirus restrictions end.

Major projects are underway around the city in 2021, with new public squares, hotels and retailers on course to open to the public this year as well as a number of attractions in the pipeline to open in the coming months and years.

Swansea is developing, with the new two-way Kingsway finally opening after repeated delays, new buildings being constructed and cranes visible in the city centre skyline.

Here we look at the tourist attractions people in Swansea can look forward to visiting soon.

Swansea’s new indoor arena and Copr Bay development



The 3,500 seat digital arena is due to be ready later this year

Copr Bay, covering the area which was being developed under the working title of Swansea Central, will be home to a 3,500-capacity indoor arena, parkland, homes, commercial units, parking and a landmark bridge under phase one of the plans.

Named after the Welsh word for copper, the eye-catching new bridge in Copr Bay is set to be lowered into place over Oystermouth Road this weekend, linking the city centre to the new entertainment hub in Swansea Bay.



The new bridge will be installed in the city centre this weekend

Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said: “Copr Bay links our city’s past to its future – as the scheme itself links our city centre to the sea.

“This area’s Welsh and industrial heritage is important to local people and we wanted to recognise this in the naming of the scheme.

“Both have helped shape the city – and Copr Bay will be a catalyst for our future.

“The name also reflects many architectural touches throughout the district, such as the colour of the bridge and other key structures.”

The £135m Copr Bay Phase One, including the arena, is set to open in the second half of 2021.


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Penderyn distillery and visitor centre

The famous Brecon Beacons whisky producer was granted planning permission to develop the historically-important Hafod Morfa Copperworks site into a distillery and visitor attraction, with hopes it will attract up to 50,000 visitors annually.



This is how Swansea’s historic Hafod Morfa Copperworks site could look



A new visitors centre will be built

The disused site, once a centre for the copper industry that Swansea was built upon, will be transformed into a distillery, offices, a VIP bar in the fully refurbished powerhouse building and a visitor centre with shop, tasting bar, exhibition space and toilets.



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Construction at the site started in August 2020, with work expected to continue throughout 2021. It is hoped the attraction will open its doors to visitors in 2022.

You might even be able to take a river taxi for a tour of the new distillery. A new £300,000 pontoon for Copper Jack will be sited at the copperworks meaning people will be able to travel there by boat from Swansea Marina.



Hafod Copperworks was once a centre for the copper industry


Passengers on the Copper Jack will be able to get on and off near the Copperworks

The move comes as part of new plans to open up more waterways in Swansea, which could also eventually see boats travelling as far as Clydach and Jersey Marine.

The new stop for Copper Jack is expected to be ready by the second half of this year.

Kilvey Hill cable car and zip wire



An artist’s impression of the proposed Cable Car ride viewing platform on Kilvey Hill

You may also be able to arrive at the new Penderyn site for a whisky tour by cable car soon.

Swansea Council said that good progress is being made on a major new project that will feature a cable car from the top of Kilvey Hill to the Hafod Copperworks site.

In June 2018, it was reported that Swansea Council and New Zealand-based Skyline Enterprises signed a heads of terms agreement for the ambitious development. As well as a cable car there will be luge tracks, ziplines, hilltop food and drink facilities, a chairlift and terminal buildings, such as a ticket office and reception area.



How the viewing platform would look

Council leader Rob Stewart said: “We continue to have constructive discussions with Skyline Enterprises and others, including the Welsh Government, as we work on bringing this exciting new attraction to Swansea. We’ve made progress throughout the pandemic.

“Together, we remain determined to bring a high-quality leisure development that will link Kilvey Hill and the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site.”

No firm date for the opening of the development has been announced at this stage.

Mumbles skatepark



The proposed skatepark at Llwynderw near Mumbles

In January Swansea Council cabinet members unanimously endorsed a 25-year lease for Mumbles Community Council to deliver a skate park on the seafront.

Mumbles Skatepark Association is helping to raise money for a £361,500 skate park at Llwynderw, where a mini half-pipe currently stands.

The bowl-shaped skate park will be built by specialist firm Maverick, and take around 16 weeks to complete.

The cost of the build is being underwritten by Mumbles Community Council which is applying for National Lottery grant funding to help with the costs.

It said annual running costs for the skate park were estimated at around £14,000 for things like grass cutting, bin emptying, insurance, and a sinking fund contribution.

They added they were confident they would raise the money needed and are currently in talks with Maverick over timeframes for completing the project.



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