A Photo Walk Through Swansea Marina at Night Part One
Swansea Marina is an area in the Maritime Quarter that was once a barren piece of land. Before it changed to how we see it today, the Maritime Quarter was better known as Swansea Docks during the industrial era. It was a blossoming area that exported many commodities around the world. Over the years, more so in the twentieth century, the city was struggling with the decline of exports. By the 1960’s the dockyard was pretty much closed down. It became barren land for many years until an idea to rejuvenate the area came about in the 1970’s.
Today, Swansea Marina is a busy area of the city with lots to see & do whether you are a resident or a tourist. The images below were taken when I visited the marina for a night photo walk. If you plan on going, I highly recommend it. There is plenty here to keep you occupied, no matter which category of photography interests you.
Directions for Swansea Marina
Getting to Swansea is pretty straightforward. Probably the easiest way to Get here without getting too lost is to take junction forty-two from the east or west. Then follow the A483 until you see signs for Swansea Marina Maritime quarter. There are other ways if coming from the west direction. There are a few car parks around the Maritime Quarter that charge a reasonable price.
Images of Swansea Marina
Some of the pictures have been reduced in quality to allow fast loading of the page. The originals have far superior quality at a higher resolution size.
Without any doubt, you cannot miss this building in the Maritime Quarter. Its the tallest in Wales and houses apartments. There is also a restaurant occupying the top three floors. I bet the views are great when having a meal!
National Waterfront Museum
The National Waterfront Museum is just around the corner of where I took the images of the Meridian Tower. This building is intriguing at night as the windows change colour intermittently. It’s also great for some close-up architecture shots too.
The Sail Bridge helps walkers to connect from one side of the marina to the other. It’s a great architectural design that is also well lit up at night.
Architecture & other Buildings Around Swansea Marina
There is a lot to see from an architectural perspective and would need more than one evening to see it all while finding the perfect shot. What I like about taking night shots with an architecture theme is how the night sky blends well with well-lit buildings in monotone shots such as the ones below.
City Gates & Morgans Hotel
Moving a little outwards from Swansea Marina is the centre. This attractive old area has plenty of areas for more night photography and is another section that I can cover in the future.
The Walk Back
Walking back to the car, I made a few more stops to capture the rest of the marina and the pump house.
In total, I spent about two hours walking around a tiny part of the bay, but it was worth it. It was also very quiet and peaceful with no trouble in the area. Parking can be expensive if you turn up before 9 pm but its nothing significant. I hope this has inspired someone to visit Swansea Marina either by day or night anyway. Thanks for reading and viewing the images. I shall be completing part two very soon.
Further Information on the Maritime Quarter
If you would like to find out more about Swansea Marina, then check the links below. You can also contact me if you want to inquire about the images or anything in the article.
- Visiting – Information about Swansea Marina.
- Tourist Information – More information about Swansea Marina.
I also sell some selected photos as canvas prints in my shop.