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Mumbles (otherwise The Mumbles Welsh Y Mwmbwls) is an extremely large village and adjacent headland stretching into Swansea Bay. It is also a community made up of the Mayals, Newton, Oystermouth and West Cross Electoral Wards. It is part of the administrative area of the city and county of Swansea in south Wales. Historically the area was part of the county of Glamorgan.

The name Mumbles is probably derived from the French word mamelles, meaning "breasts", which the two islets at the end of the Mumbles headland resemble. On the furthest islet stands Mumbles Lighthouse. Situated in the village are the ruins of Oystermouth Castle.

Development
In 1806, the Oystermouth Railway was built between Oystermouth and Swansea with the intention of carrying coal to Swansea. The potential for carrying passengers was soon seen and a horse-drawn passenger service was started on March 25, 1807, making it the first passenger railway service in the world. It became enormously popular, and was commonly called the Mumbles Train.

Following the development of the rail service, Mumbles became a very popular tourist destination. To capitalize on this, the Mumbles Train was extended and a pier was constructed and opened in 1898 to serve as the new terminus.

An RNLI lifeboat slipway was added to the pier in the summer of 1916 and a boathouse was finally built on it in 1922; these remain in use. On April 23, 1947 the crew of eight men was lost while attempting to rescue the crew of the Samtampa that had run aground on Sker Point.

An amusement complex was developed at the land end of the Mumbles Pier in 1966. This proved to be an invaluable attraction to visitors, and in recent years, funding has seen a new building added, housing an amusement arcade, restaurant and bowling alley.

The Mumbles Mile is a stretch of road in Mumbles, that is notable for its concentration of pubs. It is a popular destination for pub crawls. Famous poet Dylan Thomas was said to have enjoyed many hours at The Mermaid (now demolished).

Trivia

Mumbles lighthouse. Photograph © Mellow Ivy

 Pubs/Bars:
 The Antelope
       628 Mumbles Rd
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EA
       01792 366835

 Beach House Hotel
       734 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EL

 Beaufort Arms

       Castle Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 5TF
       01792 407001

 The George Hotel
       706 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EH
       01792 368129

 Harbour Winds Hotel
       18 Overland Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4LP

 Hungry Bear
       672 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EE
       01792 367272

 Knab Rock
       690 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EE

 The Mumbles Pier Hotel
       Mumbles Pier
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EN
       01792 365230

 The Nags Head
       510 Mumbles Rd
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4BU

 Norton House
       Norton Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 5TQ

 The Park Inn
       23 Park St
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DA
       01792 366738


 Golf:
 Langland Bay Golf Club
       Langland Bay Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       SA3 4QR
       01792 366023

 Rugby: Mumbles RFC

 The Pilot
       726 Mumbles Rd
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EL
       01792 366643

 The Prince Of Wales
       634 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EA
       01792 361645

 The Shoreline Hotel
       648 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EA

 St Annes Hotel
       Western Lane
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EY

 The Victoria Inn
       21 Westbourne Place
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DB
       01792 360111

 The Village Inn
       580 Mumbles Rd
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DL
       01792 368308

 Vincents
       580 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DL
       01792 368308

 Waters Edge Hotel
       374 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 5TN

 West Cross Inn
       43 Mumbles Road
       West Cross
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 5AB

 The White Rose
       Newton Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4AR
       01792 365121

 The William Hancock
       2 Western Lane
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DX
       01792 362133

 Farmers Markets:
 Mumbles Farmers Market
       Sea Front (Oystermouth) Car Park
       Newton Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       SA3 4AY
       9.30am-12.30pm Second Saturday each month
       01792 405 169

 Taxis:
 AA Taxis
       143 Mumbles Rd
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DN
       01792 360600

 B&B's/Guesthouses:
 Glenview Guest House
 140 Langland Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       SA3 4LU
 01792 367933
 01792 363514
 [email protected]
 http://www.mumblesglenview.co.uk

 Patricks
 638 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       SA3 4EA
 01792 360199
 01792 360199
 [email protected]
 http://www.patrickswithrooms.com

 Tides Reach Guest House
       388 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       SA3 5TN
 01792 404877
 [email protected]
 http://www.1855tidesreachguesthouse.co.uk

 Taxis:
 AA Taxis
       143 Mumbles Rd
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DN
       01792 360600


 

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