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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


 Farmers Markets in Mumbles:
 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


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


 Rugby in Mumbles:
 Mumbles RFC
       588 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DL
 01792 368989


Mumbles lighthouse. Photograph © Mellow Ivy

 Pubs/Bars in Mumbles:
 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

 Peppers
       42 Newton Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4BQ
 01792 361443

 Pier Hotel
       Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EN
 01792 365225

 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

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


 Hotels in Mumbles:
 The Carlton Hotel
       654-656 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EA
 01792 360450

 Hillcrest House Hotel
       1 Higher Lane
       Langland
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4NS
 01792 363700

 Norton House
       Norton Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 5TQ
 01792 404891

 The Shoreline Hotel
       648 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EA
 01792 366233

 St Anne's Hotel
       Western Lane
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EY
 01792 369147

 Waters Edge Hotel
       374 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 5TN
 01792 401030

 Wittemberg Hotel
       2 Rotherslade Road
       Langland
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4QN
 01792 369696


 B&B's/Guesthouses in Mumbles:
 Alexandra Guest House
       366 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 5TN
 01792 406406

 The Coast House
       708 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EH
 01792 368702

 Glenview Guest House
 140 Langland Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       SA3 4LU
 01792 367933
 01792 363514
 glenview@btinternet.com
 http://www.mumblesglenview.co.uk

 Patricks
 638 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       SA3 4EA
 01792 360199
 01792 360199
 patricksmumbles@hotmail.com
 http://www.patrickswithrooms.com

 Rock Villa
       George Bank
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EQ
 01792 366794

 Tides Reach Guest House
       388 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       SA3 5TN
 01792 404877
 info@tidesreachguesthouse.com
 http://www.1855tidesreachguesthouse.co.uk


 Restaurants in Mumbles:
 698 (British)
       698 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EH
 01792 361616

 Casa Nostra (Italian)
       650 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EA
 01792 367147

 Castellamare (Italian)
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4JT
 01792 369408

 Chutney's (Indian)
       89 Newton Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4BN
 01792 369329

 CJ's
       135 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DN
 01792 361246

 Claudes
       93 Newton Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4BN
 01792 366006

 G&Ts Bistro (Spanish)
       602 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DL
 01792 367309

 Knights
       614-616 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles, Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EA
 01792 363184

 The Lal Qila (Indian)
       478-480 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4BX
 01792 369334

 The Meditarrean
       640 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EA
 01792 363666

 Mermaid Restaurant (British)
       Mermaids Retreat
       686 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EE
 01792 367744

 Moonlight Tandoori (Indian)
       590 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DL
 01792 360313

 Ocean Cafe Bar
       61 Newton Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4BL
 01792 363462

 PA's (British)
       95 Newton Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4BN
 01792 367723

 Patrick's (British)
       638 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EA
 01792 360199

 Sam Pan (Chinese)
       604 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DL
 01792 367531


 Cafes in Mumbles:
 Forte's
       Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4JT
 01792 368863

 Madisons
       620 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EA
 01792 368484

 Rothers Tor Cafe
       Rotherslade Road
       Langland
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4QW
 01792 369455

 Surfside Cafe
       Langland Bay Road
       Langland
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4QP
 01792 367797

 Theos's
       Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EA
 01792 363803


 Take Aways in Mumbles:
 Covelli's (Fish and Chips)
       51 Newton Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4BD
 01792 369817

 Dragon Boat
       606 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DL
 01792 360497

 Jonnies (Fish and Chips)
       2 Chapel Street
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4NH
 01792 363867

 Newton Take Away
       40 Newton Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4BQ
 01792 361148

 Yallops Fish & Chips
       610-612 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DL
 01792 361868


 Sailing/Boating/Rowing in Mumbles:
 Bristol Channel Yacht Club
       744 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EL
 01792 366000

 Mumbles Amateur Rowing Club
       The Boathouse/Pier Road
       Southend, Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EA
 01792 369258

 Mumbles Yacht Club
       The Club House
       746 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EL
 01792 369321


 Other in Mumbles:
 Mumbles Conservative Club
       672 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EE
 01792 366026

 Oystermouth Social Club & Institute Ltd
       4 Western Lane
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DX
 01792 366093

 The Royal British Legion
       45 Newton Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4BD
 01792 410480


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


 Retail in Mumbles:
 Co-op Market Town Store
       512 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Oystarmouth
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4BU


 Places of Worship in Mumbles:
 All Saints Church
       Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DL
 01792 361684

 Castleton Chapel
       40-41 Newton Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4BQ
 01792 363349

 Our Lady Star Of The Sea RC Church
       9 Promenade Terrace
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DS
 01792 366305
 clanse6@aol.com
 www.geocities.com/catholicchurchmumbles
 Services: Sat 1st Mass of Sun 6.30pm. Sun 8 30, 10.30am
       Holydays Mass 9.00am, 7.30pm
       Weekdays Masses Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur, Fri 9.30am, Sat 10.00am
       Sacrament of Reconciliation: Sat 10.30 - 11.00am; before Vigil Mass

 Mumbles Methodist Church
       Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4EA
 01792 366712

 St Peters Church
       Marytwill Lane
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4RB
 01792 368348

 Tabernacle United Reformed Church
       Newton Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4AR
 01792 363173

 Western Close
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4HF
 01792 361684


 Chemists/Pharmacies in Mumbles:
 Boots The Chemist
       133 Mumbles Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4DN
 01792 366195

 Castle Pharmacy
       44 Queens Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4AW
 01792 360966

 Pearn's Pharmacies Ltd
       12 Newton Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4AU
 01792 366346

 SR Newbury
       35-37 Newton Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4BD
 01792 366120


 Doctors/GPs in Mumbles:
 Kings Road Surgery
       2-6 Kings Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4AJ
 01792 360933

 Drs Samuel W, Helan S, Morgan B, Midha R & Jones C
       49 Queens Road
       Mumbles
       Swansea
       West Glamorgan
       SA3 4AW
 01792 368276


General view, Mumbles.
Photochrom print. Circa 1890-1900. From the Library of Congress Detroit Publishing Co. Collection.
 

Mumbles Head Lighthouse.
Photochrom print. Circa 1890-1900. From the Library of Congress Detroit Publishing Co. Collection.

 



 

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