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Swansea

Being Wales’ second largest city Swansea offers a variety of interesting attractions as well as providing a base for exploring the wider geography of West Wales. Attractions include the National Waterfront Museum and the nearby resort of Mumbles.

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Sailing from: Swansea Docks.

* Special notice: There is no access to Swansea Docks by private car. Please join our coaches at the Fabian Way Park & Ride for transfer to MV Balmoral. Passengers should arrive at Fabian Way 30 minutes before scheduled departure times. 

Postcode: SA1 8LD

Access:  Directions to Fabian Way Park & Ride – M4 Junction 42 / A483. Follow signs for Swansea and Park & Ride.

Car parking: Park & Ride Car Park [£2.50 all day].

Public Transport: The No. 502 bus from St Mary's Square in the City Centre and the No. 8 from Swansea Bus Station, (term time only) go directly into the Park & Ride. There are several other services to Fabian Way, Port Tennant, near the Park & Ride.  There is a frequent bus service from Swansea High Street railway station to the Bus Station.

Public Transport Information Service: http://www.traveline.cymru/

Additional local information: Swansea Tourist Information Centre. Tel: 01792 468321

 

    Cruise & explore: Ilfracombe
    Take the classic Bristol Channel excursion to the vibrant and historic North Devon town of Ilfracombe for time ashore. Relax with a harbourside ice cream, afternoon tea or pique your curiosity at the Ilfracombe Museum & Aquarium.

    Please note: This trip returns to Swansea on board MV Balmoral [not Porthcawl as stated on page 14 of our printed Bristol Channel brochure].
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    Cruise & explore: Lundy Island
    One of the highlights from our programme which combines stunning coastal scenery along the North Devon coast down to Ilfracombe, carrying straight on to the enchanting island of Lundy for time ashore. Climb the steep island paths for breath-taking views & enjoy a drink in the island’s only Marisco Tavern.

    Please note: This trip returns to Swansea on board MV Balmoral [not Porthcawl as stated on page 14 of our printed Bristol Channel brochure].
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    Cruise & explore: Ilfracombe
    Take the classic Bristol Channel excursion to the vibrant and historic North Devon town of Ilfracombe for time ashore. Relax with a harbourside ice cream, afternoon tea or pique your curiosity at the Ilfracombe Museum & Aquarium.
    Click to buy tickets
    Cruise & explore: Lundy Island
    One of the highlights from our programme which combines stunning coastal scenery along the North Devon coast down to Ilfracombe, carrying straight on to the enchanting island of Lundy for time ashore. Climb the steep island paths for breath-taking views & enjoy a drink in the island’s only Marisco Tavern.
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    Cruise & explore: Ilfracombe
    Take the classic Bristol Channel excursion to the vibrant and historic North Devon town of Ilfracombe for time ashore. Relax with a harbourside ice cream, afternoon tea or pique your curiosity at the Ilfracombe Museum & Aquarium.
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    Ilfracombe & coach to Lynton Railway
    Sail to the North Devon resort town of Ilfracombe before disembarking for inclusive coach to Woody Bay to join this picturesque narrow gauge railway. Steam through the North Devon countryside & support the preservation of an important heritage railway. Take our inclusive coach back to Ilfracombe and re-join Balmoral to sail back to Swansea.
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    Ilfracombe & coach to Arlington Court & Carriage Museum (NT)
    Sail to the North Devon resort town of Ilfracombe before disembarking for inclusive coach to Arlington Court. Explore the beautiful gardens or learn about carriages through the ages at the family-friendly museum. Take our inclusive coach back to Ilfracombe and re-join Balmoral to sail back to Swansea. Please note: Entrance to Arlington Court is not included in the cost of the ticket / entrance is free for National Trust (NT) members.
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    Day Cruise: English & Welsh Coasts
    The ultimate day cruise for zipping across the Bristol Channel! Sail down to Ilfracombe on the North Devon coast before crossing back to Porthcawl. Stay on board for the afternoon cruise of the magnificent Glamorgan Heritage Coast before returning by the same route.
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    Cruise & explore: Ilfracombe
    Take the classic Bristol Channel excursion to the vibrant and historic North Devon town of Ilfracombe for time ashore. Relax with a harbourside ice cream, afternoon tea or pique your curiosity at the Ilfracombe Museum & Aquarium.
    Click to buy tickets
    Cruise & explore: Lundy Island
    One of the highlights from our programme which combines stunning coastal scenery along the North Devon coast down to Ilfracombe, carrying straight on to the enchanting island of Lundy for time ashore. Climb the steep island paths for breath-taking views & enjoy a drink in the island’s only Marisco Tavern.
    Click to buy tickets
    Ilfracombe & coach to Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
    Sail to the North Devon resort town of Ilfracombe before disembarking for inclusive coach to Woody Bay to join this picturesque narrow gauge railway. Steam through the North Devon countryside & support the preservation of an important heritage railway. Take our inclusive coach back to Ilfracombe and re-join Balmoral to sail back to Swansea.
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    Ilfracombe & coach to Arlington Court & Carriage Museum (NT)
    Sail to the North Devon resort town of Ilfracombe before disembarking for inclusive coach to Arlington Court. Explore the beautiful gardens or learn about carriages through the ages at the family-friendly museum. Take our inclusive coach back to Ilfracombe and re-join Balmoral to sail back to Swansea. Please note: Entrance to Arlington Court is not included in the cost of the ticket / entrance is free for National Trust (NT) members.
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    Cruise & explore: Ilfracombe
    Take the classic Bristol Channel excursion to the vibrant and historic North Devon town of Ilfracombe for time ashore. Relax with a harbourside ice cream, afternoon tea or pique your curiosity at the Ilfracombe Museum & Aquarium.
    Click to buy tickets
    Cruise & explore: Lundy Island
    One of the highlights from our programme which combines stunning coastal scenery along the North Devon coast down to Ilfracombe, carrying straight on to the enchanting island of Lundy for time ashore. Climb the steep island paths for breath-taking views & enjoy a drink in the island’s only Marisco Tavern.
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    Cruise & explore: Porthcawl
    Cruise out of Swansea Bay and along the Welsh coast to Porthcawl for an afternoon ashore before returning in the evening.
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    Special Sailing: Cruise Gower Coast
    Sail to Porthcawl and then back out of Swansea Bay passing The Mumbles and along the beautiful Gower Coast. The Gower Peninsula covers 188 sq km and was selected as the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for its classic coastline (much of it being Heritage Coast). This is a rare chance to view this from the sea as we cruise around Worm’s Head and towards the resort of Tenby.
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    Cruise & explore: Ilfracombe
    Take the classic Bristol Channel excursion to the vibrant and historic North Devon town of Ilfracombe for time ashore. Relax with a harbourside ice cream, afternoon tea or pique your curiosity at the Ilfracombe Museum & Aquarium.
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    Cruise & explore: Bideford
    Join buses at the Fabian Way Park+Ride [small parking charge] to Balmoral at Swansea Ferryport for this special sailing across the Bristol Channel. Call at Ilfracombe and then along the North Devon coast past Bull Point & Lighthouse and into Bideford Bay, before crossing the Bar and cruising past Appledore to the historic market town of Bideford for a short time ashore.
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    Cruise & explore: Ilfracombe
    Take the classic Bristol Channel excursion to the vibrant and historic North Devon town of Ilfracombe for time ashore. Relax with a harbourside ice cream, afternoon tea or pique your curiosity at the Ilfracombe Museum & Aquarium.
    Click to buy tickets
    Special Sailing: Day Cruise of Exmoor & Somerset Coasts [rendezvous with PS Waverley]
    Come aboard to experience the meeting of two important, historic ships! Cruise down the Channel to call at the North Devon resort of Ilfracombe, continuing along the beautiful Exmoor coast. The ship will meet Paddle Steamer Waverley as she leaves Minehead to cruise Porlock Bay. The ship will retrace the same route before sailing back to Swansea in the evening.
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