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Away Day Guide: Swansea City - Where To Go, Where To Drink, What To Do & More!

It’s relegation six pointer and another long journey for the travelling Sunderland supporters. Our away day guide is back with where to drink in Swansea, what else you can do, how to get there and some background on the stadium.

How Do I Get There?

As per, head down the A19 and join the A1(M). You’ll join the M18 at junction 35 and stay on there until merging onto the M1. After just over 40 miles, jump onto the A42 followed by continuing onto the M42. Stay on there until you need to join the M5 which you will exit at junction 8, bringing you onto the M50 for 22 miles.

That road will take you towards the A40 and you’ll leave that not long after entering Wales, when you reach the A449. Approaching Newport will be the indicator to get onto the M4 and that will take you right up to Swansea. Once at junction 45, leave the motorway and take the A4067 where the stadium will begin to be sign posted.

There’s many match day car parks available around The Liberty Stadium, expect to pay but they’re secure so you won’t be arriving back to smashed windows. Even if we win. Alternatively, you can park at Felindre Old Steel Works site, where there’s a park and ride service in operation, priced at £6.

Where Can I Go For A Drink?

The good thing about Swansea is that there’s quite a few pubs close to the stadium and it’s a very welcoming place. You won’t find many that don’t welcome away fans so if you’re down in plenty of time, it might be worth having a bit of an explore. If you don’t fancy that though, here’s a few we recommend.

Not far from the stadium, away fans are welcome in The Coopers Arms. It’s a Brains Brewery pub, so quite a good choice if you fancy a local pint and it’s close proximity to the ground does make it convenient. That does mean it gets a bit packed though, so get down early if you want a seat. Another boozer nearby is The Plough & Harrow. Similar to the Coopers in that it’s close to the stadium, so expect it to get busy, but still very handy and away fan friendly.

If you want to venture a little further a field, I’d check out No Sign Bar. The beer choice there is huge, so it will please anyone. They also serve food which is always handy, especially on the away days that are longer journeys. Located in the city centre, it does mean you’ll probably have to get a cab or use public transport to get to the stadium, but it’s still worth travelling too if you want somewhere a bit different.

Where Can I Go If I'm At A Loose End?

Swansea boasts plenty of local culture, showcased best by the Dylan Thomas Centre. The permanent exhibition 'Love The Words' is open daily between 10am and 4.30pm and it gives you a great understanding of the poet/authors work and life. Entry is free, so definitely worth checking out if you have an hour or two to spare. Who knows, a bit of Neo-romanticism may really help you express your feelings of love to Victor Anichebe in ways you could never imagine.

Just like the North East, South Wales was once at the forefront for industry and innovation. This is all showcased at The National Waterfront Museum, with emphasis also placed on what is now developing in the region. The Social History of Welsh Industry part of the museum will chime with many North East folk, as will the “When Dai Became Tommy” exhibition. It’s about Welsh miners who went to fight in the first world war, a fate bestowed on plenty of men from our own areas. Like to whole museum, it’s free to enter and is open between 10am and 5pm.

If you want to see a show, then it is pantomime season. A one to consider if you’re a family. Sleeping Beauty is the panto at Swansea Grand Theatre this year and they have an opening weekend offer. Tickets are priced at a very reasonable £19 and you get to see Brendan from Coach Trip starring in the show! Pantomime is mental, isn’t it?

What Is The Stadium Like?

Swansea moved to The Liberty Stadium in 2005, leaving their previous home of Vetch Field. The Vetch had been home to The Swans for 93 years but with the club looking to establish themselves further up the footballing pyramid, their was no other choice but build a new ground.

Located in the Landore area of Swansea, The Liberty holds just over 21,000 fans which makes it the second smallest stadium in the Premier League. Despite the smaller capacity, it’s a very nice modern stadium and has hosted concerts from acts such as The Who, JLS and The Manic Street Preachers. With enclosed corners and tiers being the same level all the way around, it has a very sleek look while feeling quite intimate.

Away supporters are plonked in the middle in the North Stand, rather than towards one side, so you’re flanked by the home fans in each corner. Underneath the stands, the concourse is quite spacious and open, making it one of the nicest stadiums to have a pre match pint in as well.

The maximum away allocation is 2000 and The Lads will be once again backed by another sold out away following. A safe journey to everyone travelling and hopefully it’s just as enjoyable as our last long distance away game.