About Bracelet Bay
Bracelet Bay is the first limestone bay after the vast expanse of Swansea Bay. It is a small rocky bay backed by a bank of pebbles, there are lots of rock pools to explore and the sand is exposed as the tide drops. You can swim here, be careful of the rocks, but more importantly there are strong rip currents between the two islands of Mumbles Head. There is a lifeguard on patrol during peak summer months. Parking is easy with a large carpark above the beach, with restaurants, bar and ice cream parlour below Tutt Hill where HM Coastguard lookout is stationed.
Bracelet Bay is adjacent to Mumbles Head and is a popular destination for visitors that want to enjoy the dramatic seascape. There are sometimes strong currents and a tidal race that creates large waves, especilly when there are large swells and storms.
There is a sandy beach area that is accessible at low to mid tide and it it is sometimes possible to walk around to Mumbles Pier. There is large car park that is operated by the City Council and this is often busy on a Sunday.
Close by there is the Castellamare, an A La Carte Italian Restaurant, and family Café Bar, where you can dine overlooking the wonderful views of Bracelet Bay and Mumbles Lighthouse. There is a children's play area and public toilets are located to the rear of Castellamare.
Limeslade Bay is only a few hundred yards away from Bracelet Bay, this is a good alternative, if you are looking for a sandy beach, accessible from mid to to low tide. Close by is 'Fortes', a very traditional cafe.
Mumbles Pier is also very close and just a short walk. There you will find a cafe, restaurant, souvenir shop, gallery and fishing shop. The main attraction is the amusement arcade and pier with visitor access to the Lifeboat station.
Photography © Copyright Chris Gill Jones 2016