For the district in Swansea, see Mumbles (district). For the American political figure known as "Mumbles", see Thomas Menino.

Mumbles (Welsh: Mwmbwls) is a headland sited on the western edge of Swansea Bay. The name Mumbles is also applied to the district encompassing the electoral wards of Oystermouth, Newton, West Cross, and Mayals.


Mumbles has been noted for its unusual place name.[1] The headland is thought by some to have been named by French sailors, after the shape of the two anthropomorphic islands which comprise the headland: the word 'Mumbles' may be a corruption of the French 'les mamelles', meaning 'the breasts'. Another possible source of the name is from the word Mamucium which is thought to derive from the Celtic language meaning breast-shaped hill. The Mumbles Lighthouse was built during the 1790s, and was converted to solar powered operation in 1995.[2]

Notable features

The nearby pier was opened in 1898 at the terminus of the Mumbles Railway, which in its time was one of the oldest passenger railways in the world. The railway closed in 1960.[3]

A lifeboat station has operated from Mumbles since 1866. In 1947, the entire lifeboat crew was lost at sea, attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Samtampa, in what has become known as the Mumbles lifeboat disaster.

Panoramic photograph of Mumbles Pier; the Lifeboat station and the lighthouse on the right

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Coordinates: 51°34′05″N 3°59′06″W / 51.568°N 3.985°W / 51.568; -3.985

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