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Discover Laugharne

Laugharne is definitely a place that is steeped in history and is also a feast for the senses. Take a pleasant riverside walk starting from the car park, passing by the castle, and continue towards the Dylan Thomas Boathouse. This historic house, where Thomas once resided, now houses a café, art gallery, and shop.

Additionally, an exhibition is dedicated to Dylan Thomas’ life, allowing visitors to delve deeper into the poet’s remarkable journey. The Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk is a scenic two-mile path that showcases breathtaking vistas of the estuary, the Boathouse, and, on days with clear skies, glimpses of North Devon and Caldey Island. In 1944, Dylan Thomas penned a poem dedicated to this specific walk, which he cherished on his 30th birthday. Then, visit Laugharne Castle with the ruins of the 12th century Norman Castle overlooking the estuary, with the two towers dominating the scene. Take a stroll to St Martin’s Church, a grade-ll listed building in the village, and take a perfect walk around with your pooch.

The town has a good selection of shops and places to eat and drink, including a choice of pubs, steaks at Dexter’s, lunch at The Owl and the Pussycat, deli food from The Ferryman, and stone-baked pizza from The New Three Mariners.

Laugharne: Uncovered

The Laugharne Weekend: The annual literary and arts festival held in Spring in Laugharne. It concentrates on literature, music and comedy, bringing talent from all over the world but always maintaining a particular kinship with writers and musicians from Wales or who have a connection with Wales. Previous acts have included John Cooper Clarke, Keith Allen, Jonathan Pie, Irvine Welsh, Brian Bilston, and Holly McNish.

The Boathouse: Dylan Thomas wrote much of his greatest work in The Boathouse. It is thought that Laugharne was the inspiration, along with New Quay in Cardigan Bay, for the fictional town of Llareggub in Under Milk Wood. The Boathouse, set on a cliff overlooking the Tâf Estuary, is now a heritage centre with a themed bookshop, tea room, viewing platform and terrace.

Pendine Sands: Take a trip to nearby Pendine Sands, a 7-mile beach stretching west to east from Gilman Point to Laugharne Sands. Pendine has been a magnet for holidaymakers for many generations. Its unique selling point of allowing cars to drive on the beach has made it a popular destination for adventure seekers. It has also become a hub for world record-breaking speed attempts, ranging from cars to motorbikes to sheds!

It has a 500m promenade offers a traffic-free environment and stunning beach views. This promenade provides easy access to the beach, enhancing the overall experience for visitors. Moreover, a commercial centre, the Parry Thomas Centre, faces the beach. You can find kayak hire, coffee shops, ice cream parlours, and a popular Asian Fusion restaurant on the first floor.

Our favourite things to do in Laugharne

  • Exploring Laugharne Castle
  • Visiting Dylan Thomas’ Boathouse and walking the Birthday walk
  • Skimming stones into the Taf Estuary
  • Eating scones in The Owl and the Pussycat
  • Grabbing a cocktail in Dexters at Browns
  • Visitng Pendine or Llansteffan beaches

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