Singleton Park


Singleton Park

Singleton Park is the largest urban park in Swansea located in the Sketty district. The park is used to host many entertainment and cultural events such as Party in the Park and Proms in the Park.

A botanical garden is located in the centre of the park near the entrance to Swansea University. On the south-western corner, (past the hospital and the university) there is a boating lake where there are pedal boats to play on. The lakeside pub "Tavern on the Lake" became so well-known as "The Pub On the Pond" that the owner later gave in and changed the name.

The park was originally part of the Vivian family estate, which was purchased by Swansea County Borough Council in 1919 for use as a public park. The park superintendent Daniel Bliss, who was trained at Kew Gardens was responsible for the conception of the Singleton Farm botanical gardens and Ornamental Gardens. He was also the main driver behind the purchase of the Vivian estate.

There is a Swiss cottage located inside the park. This was designed by architect P.F. Robinson, who designed Sketty Hall as well as a number of other lodges in the park.

Located in the grounds of Singleton Park are:
* Bishop Gore School
* Swansea University main campus
** Singleton Abbey
** The Taliesin Arts Centre (which houses a book shop, arts shop, gallery and theatre)
* Singleton Hospital
* Sketty Hall
* Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Llwynderw (a Welsh medium School), set to move to new permanent premises in West Cross in September 2008
* St. Paul's church
* Headquarters of 44th Swansea Scout Group

External links

* [http://www.visitwales.com/server.php?show=nav.00h00d002003007002 Visit Wales: Singleton Park]
* [http://www.gardenhistory.org.uk/ukpg/place.asp?PlaceID=SINGLETO United Kingdom database of parks and gardens: Singleton Abbey and Sketty Hall]


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