Discover Welsh History at the National Waterfront Museum Swansea

Wales is host to some of the UK’s most fascinating history, being at the forefront of some of the country’s most important development for centuries. The National Waterfront Museum in Swansea tells the story of that development – discover the industry and innovation of Wales from the past 300 years up to the modern age.

Where can I go in Swansea?

Head down to the National Waterfront Museum, just over a mile from Swansea station, to discover 300 years of fascinating Welsh history.

Using world-class interactive technology, you’ll explore over 100 exhibits and admire historical artefacts gathered from all across the country, including one of the world’s only surviving real coal wagons, and a replica of the world’s first steam locomotive. Choose from 15 different themed galleries that explore different aspects of industrial Wales. Learn about the effect the Industrial Revolution had on people’s lives and their communities and open your eyes to the true scale of Wales’ maritime heritage; discover the transport and networks that were crucial to the development of the modern world with world-class Welsh innovation and invention, including the story of Richard Trevithick’s Steam Locomotive in 1804 that kickstarted rail travel. Cap off your visit by enjoying a delicious coffee and cake in the outdoor café overlooking the marina.

There is also a programme of events that take place throughout the year: discover the history of the Windrush generation in Wales, or celebrate Christmas at a vintage and makers market.

  • Entry to the museum is free but donations are welcome to keep the museum going.
  • Visit the website to see what events are happening in the ‘What’s on section.
  • The museum is open daily from 10 am-5 pm.
  • Free tickets need to be booked in advance.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The nearest car park is St David’s which is pay and display.

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