City centre shoppers are enjoying a new experience in Swansea Market

The new market attraction is the latest development in continuing the growth of Swansea City Centre.

A new indoor market attraction has opened in Swansea or shoppers to enjoy before Christmas.

The new green-themed Market Garden features more than 170 plants and a variety of food and drink stalls for shoppers to enjoy.

The new addition has been developed by Swansea council and opened on 4 December in the lead up to Christmas.

Highchairs are available to those with young children and there are warmers for baby bottles and food. The new market also features a toddlers’ play table.

The venue also offers a unique workspace in the heart of the city centre and is the latest development in continuing the growth of Swansea City Centre.

Swansea Lord Mayor Cllr Mary Jones attended the opening of new Market Garden. Credit: Swansea City Council

The iconic venue launched on Saturday and was welcomed by a visit from the Lord Mayer of Swansea Cllr Mary Jones.

Robert Francis-Davies, a council cabinet member, said the market will play an important role in the future of Swansea city's development.

He added: "The market will play a key role in Swansea’s great future, being led by our £1bn regeneration scheme.

"Its Market Garden is part of a £440,000 improvement programme at this wonderful venue. It’s accessible, inclusive, well managed and will bring new footfall for traders to benefit.

"It’s designed for the benefit and enjoyment of all customers – for meeting friends and family, catching up on work and enjoying the fantastic range of food available from the market."

Singers have been entertaining shoppers at the new market garden. Credit: Swansea City Council

The council-run market attracts more than four million shoppers a year in non-pandemic times and is the permanent home to more than 100 businesses.

Jan Evans, Bakery stall holder, believes it will soon become a popular attraction.

She said: "The Market Garden is a fantastic addition to the market in an area that was previously not very heavily used. 

"Visually, it’s a huge improvement and it’s wonderful to see our customers enjoying using this new facility already. 

"I’m really looking forward to having new events there and I’m sure it’ll prove to be of benefit to everyone in the market."