Swansea Salford Train
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The Welsh city of Swansea is located on the south coast of the country and is bounded by Swansea Bay and the Bristol Channel. The city is home to the Fluellen Theatre Company which is a professional company who perform at the city's Grand Theatre and the Dylan Thomas Centre. Other theatres in the city include the Teliesin building, on the campus of the Swansea of Swansea, and the outdoor venues of Oystermouth Castle and Singleton Park who put on outdoor Shakespeare performances and concerts, including Proms, respectively.
Oxwich Bay on the Gower Peninsular was named the most beautiful beach in Britain by travel writers in 2007. The Travel Magazine commented on Oxwich Bay's "magnificent and unspoilt" scenery and as a "great place for adults and children to explore". The beach has over three miles of golden sand. Llangennith Beach, with its soft sands, consistent beach break and great facilities, was listed as the best place to learn how to surf in Britain by The Observer newspaper in 2006.
The city is also friendly to cyclists with four dedicated cycle routes: Swansea Bay, Clyne Valley Country Park, along the east bank of the River Tawe (forming part of the national Cycle Network), and a route adjacent to the Fabian Way (which also forms part of the National Cycle Network.
Located within the metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester, the city of Salford lies immediately to the west of the city of Manchester. Although Salford borders the city of Manchester it is a city in its own right. The city is extremely diverse, ranging from an urban city centre environment at its immediate border with the City of Manchester, into suburbia and then into open fields at semi-rural Worsley.
Like much of Greater Manchester the area is quite well served by public transport. The Metrolink tram service is reliable but pricey and it is well worth considering a Metromax day ticket if you plan a few journeys on the system. Most bus services in Salford are provided by Firstbus.
Salford now has many tourist attractions, such as Ordsall Hall, the Bridgewater Canal and the Lowry Centre, an award-winning theatre and art gallery complex, consisting of two theatres and three art galleries. The centre is named after the artist L. S. Lowry, who attended Salford School of Art and lived in nearby Pendlebury for 40 years. Many of his paintings of Salford and Manchester mill scenes, populated with small matchstick-like figures, are on display.