It was bestowed city status in 1969, to mark Prince Charles's investiture as the Prince of Wales.
Along with the castle, there are many other attractions in Swansea, such as, the Swansea Museum, the Dylan Thomas Centre, the Marina, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, the Environment Centre and the Market, which is the largest covered market in Wales. It backs onto the Quadrant Shopping Centre which opened in 1978 and the nearby St David's Centre launched in 1982.
The SA1 Waterfront area is the most recent development for living, dining and leisure. Swansea waterfront has a five mile (8 km) sweep of coastline which features a leisure pool, marina, beach, promenade, children's lido and maritime quarter showing the newest and oldest museums in Wales - the National Waterfront Museum (opened in 2005) and Swansea Museum.
Mission Gallery is a unique art gallery also in the middle of the Maritime Quarter that accommodates an array of exhibitions from various art disciplines.
Other additional renowned buildings in Swansea include the BT Tower which was constructed at about 1970, Alexandra House opened in 1976 and The County Hall was launched in 1982.
Theatres local to Swansea include The Grand Theatre, a Victorian theatre which celebrated its centenary in 1997. The Fluellen Theatre Company is a professional theatre company that functions frequently at the Grand Theatre. The company also presents Lunchtime Theatre on the concluding Saturday of every month.
Outdoor Shakespeare displays are held in the summer and feature regularly at Oystermouth Castle, with Singleton Park catering for concerts and parties, ranging from outdoor proms to dance music. Outside the city Pontardawe and Gower host folk festivals.
The Brangwyn Hall is a multi-use venue with events such as the graduation ceremonies for Swansea University.
During visitation from international soloists and orchestras to the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea hosts a Festival of Music and the Arts each autumn.
Other festivals in the area include St David's Week festival, Wales’ only week long festival held in venues throughout the city. It was launched in 2009 by Swansea Council.
Independent filmmakers Undercurrents and Studio8 are based in Swansea, and the city present the BeyondTV Film Festival.
Swansea University has a campus in Singleton Park adjacent to Swansea Bay. Its engineering department is recognised as a centre of brilliance with pioneering work on computational techniques for cracking engineering design issues.
The Department of Physics is acclaimed for its research triumphs at the frontiers of Theoretical Physics, distinctly in the areas of String Theory and Elementary Particle Physics.
The university was awarded the Times Higher Education Supplement Award for the UK's "best student experience" in 2005.
The Taliesin theatre building opened in 1984 and is situated on the university campus.
Swansea Metropolitan University is notorious for its Architectural Glass division; with stained glass being a long time strong point.
Gower, Swansea Bay and Mumbles are also home to numerous parks, gardens and nearly 20 nature reserves. The coastal suburb of Mumbles has cafes, restaurants, boutiques, a Victorian pier and some small shops.
Clyne Gardens is home to a group of plants set in parkland and is host to 'Clyne in Bloom' in May while Singleton Park has a botanical garden, acres of parkland, crazy golf and a boating lake with pedal boats. Plantasia is a tropical hothouse pyramid featuring three climatic zones, covering an assortment of uncommon plants, including several kinds no longer existing in the wild, and fish, monkeys, reptiles and a butterfly house.
The south coast of Gower is used regularly by walkers, using a path lengthening from Mumbles Head across the cliff tops, beaches and coastal woodland to Rhossili. perfect place for a family vacation with over three miles of soft golden sands is Oxwich Bay, also located on the Gower coast.
The Independent newspaper praised Rhossili Bay as "the British supermodel of beaches" (2006) and the best beach in Britain for breathtaking cliffs (2007), whilst The Sunday Times listed it as one of the 25 best beaches in the world (2006). Gower also claims Britain's Best Beach, Three Cliffs Bay.