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2. The Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne

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The Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne

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Dylan Thomas was one of the most renowned poets of the twentieth century. In poems such as Fern Hill and Do not go gentle into that good night, or in his radio play Under Milk Wood, he created work that continues to inspire and to entertain. He was also an accomplished performer and a pioneer broadcaster on radio and television. His readings electrified audiences in both the United Kingdom and North America.

Dylan was Welsh and his work springs from the culture and the complex history of this land in which he lived and from which he drew his inspiration. The village of Laugharne was home, and he lived here happily from the time of his marriage and return from London in 1937.

Although Thomas was relatively successful, he was not particularly well known in his day, and was not as famous as he is now. It is only is fairly recent years that Laugharne has started to become much busier in the tourist season, so you may prefer to visit at quieter times of the year if you want to avoid the bustle.

The Boathouse was the home of the Thomas family from 1949, until Dylan’s death in 1953. It’s a quiet peaceful place, overlooking the waters of the estuary and its “heron priested shore.”

Inside is an evocative and enchanting museum that shows how the house would have looked in Thomas’ day. In the living room a period wireless plays the rich tones of the poet reading his work. In the small garage where he worked, further along the lane, you can peer through the windows to see crunched balls of paper, pens, and screwed up photos of literary heroes.

Facilities include a tea room and a bookshop.

Further into the village you might like to visit the poet’s old boozer. The 250 year old Browns Hotel, on the main street, has changed little over the years. It was here that Thomas got many of the ideas for characters in his most famous play, Under Milk Wood.

The Dylan Thomas Boathouse Address:
Dylan Thomas Boathouse
Dylan’s Walk
SA33 4SD
Wales, UK

The Dylan Thomas Boathouse Opening Times:
May to October and Easter weekend, 10.00am – 5.30pm (last admission at 5.00pm)
November to April, 10.30am – 3.30pm (last admission at 3.00pm)

The Dylan Thomas Boathouse Admission:
Adults £3.75
Concessions  £2.95
Families  £9.00
Children over seven £1.75
Children under seven  Free

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