Located in Swansea Bay near the village of Mumbles in south Wales, the pier was designed by W. Sutcliffe Marsh and was built in 1898. It was considered a potential landing point for enemy invaders during the Second World War – one of a number of occasions during its history when it was closed to the public. When it was originally built it didn’t have a pavilion only a bandstand and amusement stalls.
The pier was used as a terminus for the Swansea and Mumbles Railway, the world’s first passenger carrying railway company. In the 1920s, a lifeboat station was added; the RNLI already used a slipway from the pier which had been built earlier.
Mumbles Pier housed a landing station for the White Funnel paddle steamers of P and A Campbell. The Swansea and Mumbles Railway used the pier up until the 1960s. Like a lot of piers during World War II, Mumbles was taken over by the Ministry of Defence to prevent it from being used as a landing station for an enemy invasion.
It re-opened again in 1956 with the construction of a new landing jetty. The pier was lacking the fashionable Victorian ornate features common amongst other UK piers of its time and was comprised of a simple pitch pine deck, lattice steelwork and cast iron piles
However, the pier was used well by local people who enjoyed listening to the music coming from the bandstand while waiting to board steamer excursions to North Devon and Cornwall or while playing at the amusement stalls.
A new arcade was built on the pier’s frontage during the 1960s and a considerable amount of money was spent in replacing some of the steelwork and maintaining the pier thus extending its life through to the 1980s. It was closed again in 1985 for a further refit and maintenance of the structure, at a cost of over £40,000.
The modern day pier is often used for fishing and visitors can enjoy the panoramic views of Swansea Bay. Access for fishing is dependent upon a fee (per rod). Commonly caught fish include bass and cod, as well as mullet.
There is an area beside the pier comprising of bars, restaurants and places of entertainment. A small ‘secret beach’ can be reached down some steep concrete steps from the pier. This is said to be one of the finest beaches in Gower and consists of rock pools and golden sands with lovely views of the Mumbles Lighthouse. As it is south facing it is a sun trap and during the summer months and can get very busy.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Carmarthenshire, Wales, SA20 0NT
+44 (0)1550 760 257
- Address: Mumbles Road, Mumbles, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom, SA3 4EN
- GPS: 51.56898959999999,-3.9774053999999523
- Phone: 0044 (0)1792 365 225
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: SA3 4EN
- Entrance Fees: Free Access
- Disabled Access: Fair
- Visibility from Road: Excellent