Laugharne Castle is a magnificent castle holding a prominent position over the estuary of the River Taf. The original ringwork castle was probably established in 1116 by Robert Courtemain. The Castle passed through many hands of noblemen over the centuries, when it was captured, burnt and badly damaged. In 1247 the Castle was granted to Guy de...more
I first visited Laugharne Castle in February of 2009 I thought was the most impressive castle I have seen for a while, It towers above the small harbour and wetlands and really does look grand. I would love to go back when the weather is better to take some more pictures of it with the little stone bridge in front and because when we visited...more
The boathouse was the home of Dylan Thomas and his family from 1949 until his death in 1953 it was originally bought for the Thomas family by a friend for the sum of £3,000. In 2003 the boat house was restored to its' original condition and is now open to the public & is fully furnished with original 1950's furniture which belonged to the Thomas...more
Dylan's Walk is a lovely path which leads from the Village of Laugharne along the clifftop towards the Boathouse. If you begin at the Town Hall and follow the road to the left you will pass Seaview, a lesser known former home of Dylan Thomas (see other tip). As you carry on towards the coast you will pick up the clifftop path named Dylan's Walk....more
The Town Hall is a lovely whitewashed building with a great clocktower, situated on the main road into the village. It is the home to the Laugharne Corporation which was founded in 1927 with a charter granted by Sir Guy De Brion the younger. The Corporation is presided over by a Portreeve and a Grand Jury of twenty Burgesses which meets at the Town...more
Seaview is now a classy restuarant and Bed and Breakfast but from 1938 to 1941 it was home to Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin. It was here Thomas wrote 'The Map of Love' and 'A Saint about to fall'. At that time the Thomas's paid seven shillings and sixpence a week in rent for Seaview, their landlord was Tudor Williams, brother of the landlord of...more
The Grist is the open area of tidal mudflats in front of the shore side car park. The saltmarshes provide a fantastic marine environment for a number of wading birds. While we were there we could see Curlew's, Oyster Catcher and many more. There are many theories as to why the area is called the Grist. Some believe that there was once a Monastery...more
Dylan Thomas and his Wife Caitlin are buried in the Churchyard of St Martins Parish Church. Their grave is marked by a simple White Cross which is a little on the difficult side to find. The interior of the church itself has some lovely feature windows and a Memorial Plaque to Dylan which says; “Time held me green and dying, Though I sang in my...more
The open wet land area were estuary meets the sea is localy called The Grist, it silted up land over a formal tidal inlet where the river Corran meets the sea. The salt marches and muddy pills or creeks on the seaward side of the car park have developed only under the last hindred years, There are many theories on the origins of the name, Although...more
When Dylan Thomas Returned to Laugharne he lived in The Boat House from 1949 - 1953, while he lived here it is said that he did some of his best work while writing in the Garage for the house which he had con verted into a writing shed.The house is now a Cafe and museum dedicated to Dylan.I have not been in because there is a charge, it's not...more
Walking around Laugharne you will get the impression that a poet used to live there, Well one did! and he did in fact live there twice (not at the same time though) the first time he lived in Laugharne he lived in what is now The Sea View Guest House and Restaurant. he then moved away and after a while he came back and lived in what is now known as...more
The grave of Dylan Thomas is situated in the Graveyard of St Martins Church, not the graveyard which is in the town on the way towards his writing Shed and house were most people expect it to be. St Martins Church is just on the edge of the town and has 2 graveyards, if you park on the large carpark off the road in front of the church and walk up...more
The Carpenters Arms can be found just outside of Laugharne in Broadway, on the way to Pendine. We called in for lunch on our final day in Laugharne in July 2010 and had a wonderful experience. The pub was virtually empty except for the four of us and mine host was very welcoming. We were seated in the restaurant area and offered the lunch menu or...more
Heard great things about this tearoom/restaurant but it was very busy the day we were there at afternoon tea time - lots of smiley folks. Anyway, managed to get some take away cakes - the gooseberry crumble was divine. We'll have a full meal next time so maybe book - it's popularmore
A take away fish and chip shop but also with a pleasant sit-down area, clean and bright with nice service. Well priced and ideal for a family. Of course, the fish dishes are excellent but other choices too. The fish soup and chowder are superb. Specials each day on the board - the ploghmans was good too. If sill hungry go to the Owl and Pussycat...more
We went into Laugharne hoping to get something to eat on a Tuesday night at the begining of febuary, The town was like a ghost town and the only place open was the Three Mariners and it was only open for drinks so we had a couple.
It's a nice pub and the staff and locals were very friendly and gave us directions to a pub just out of town that they thought would be open for food on a Tuesday night. (it wasn't so we ended up eating in a great pub in Pendine sands)
There is only one bus which passes through Laugharne. It is the number 222 and travels from Carmarthen to Pendine and returns. It sometimes goes as far as Amroth in the summer months. The route usually takes you through St Clears, and Bancyfelin. Check the website at Carmarthenshire County Council for more detailed information.
During the weeks, much of East Marsh (the other side of Sir John's Hill) is closed to the public as it is a Ministry of Defence testing area. Occasionally loud bangs can be heard as fighter jets test their weapons. There is also a stone quarry just outside of Laugharne Township and a loud bang could also be a result of them blasting. Neither happen...more
Having to spend 20 pence to use the public conveniences is now common in Carmarthenshire as is car parking charges in most of the towns. It has angered the communities. Before the county council offered to upgrade both facilities they we free. The community said yes to the upgrades and feel they were misled in thinking they would still be free.If...more
Dylan Thomas's Boat House.Although a nice place to visit the boat house is not easy to get to. In my opinion its unsuitable for the disabled.. It has too steep a climb to reach there.And once there too many steps in the house..If you enlarge the pic that realy is the path you have to climb!!!!more
Most people arrive in Laugharne to see where Dylan Thomas lived and drank. On the opposite side of the estuary to the castle is Sir John' Hill. It has a connection to Dylan Thomas as he wrote the poem Over Sir John's Hill 'where the hawk hangs on fire'. Read the poem before, or after the walk, and see if Dylan's portrayal is accurate today.Walk...more
Laugharne has a Rugby team playing their home matches next to the school by Orchard Park (ask anyone and they will direct you). The Rugby Club is known as the Fountain Inn on The Grist and a great atmosphere to watch matches on their giant screen, especially the internationals. The Rugby Club also organise the Laugharne Carnival which happens on the last Saturday in July.
Equipment: If England are playing Wales and you want to voice support for England; take a gum shield.
The Dylan Thomas Heritage Centre, formerly his home, is an interesting place to visit. Exhibits about his life and passages from his poems are presented while in the background his powerful voice reads from some of these works. Thomas's recordings of his work are excellent. His voice is haunting and really stays with you.
Fondest memory: "I've just had 18 whiskies, I think it's a record" were among the last words Dylan Thomas spoke on the day he dies in New York. I learned this while watching a video on Thomas's life at the Heritage Centre. I don't think the ladies watching the video with us appreciated us bursting out laughing at this as it was at the point in the video building up to his death and we kind of ruined the moment.