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Dylan Thomas Boathouse
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Laugharne
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The poet's former home is now a museum dedicated to his life and work.
Reviewed 19 June 2014

great lunch over looking the estuary plus the history of the venue gives it a slight magical feel. It is a small place and pretty busy at times, plenty of steps. Staff where great and professional, cream tea was a delight, well worth a visit even if your not into Dylan Thomas!!!

Thank Gleester B
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

This is an overall experience comprising a small impressive village facing a brook like stream, babbling water and the amazing Laugharne Castle as the back drop. On this occasion an antiques market was being held in the grounds. Three of us, one with a roller wheelchair, embarked on foot to the top of several steep slopes, it was hard going, well it is a mountain. Then down a narrow country lane past a small gated churchyard to the right. I noted the well kept graves enclosed by iron railings and headstones dating back many years.

The first port of call, the Writing Shed, is perched precariously on the edge of the footpath, the Shed is where Dillon Thomas produced many of his works. In these spectacular surroundings it is more than just an 'old' shed. Under Milk Wood is famously a commissioned play for voices but I do know if it was actually written in the Shed. Evidence of false starts can be seen as scrunched up writing paper on the floor, an untidy desk, an empty stained drinking mug and various writing implements. Yes, it is an 'old' shed to some visitors but it is much more to those who know what inspires someone to set their ideas down on paper.

Further along the footpath, and far below, is the roof and chimney of the famous Boat House and what appear to be daunting stone stairs to reach it, but far easier to use in practice. My disabled friend was adamant he could not make it, we knew better. The steps, about eight at a time, lead down via rest areas at three other levels, then another short footpath through the stunning garden, but I warn you it is very much on a slope.

The footpath was way up above our heads by this time. My disabled friend coped very well with the stairs and was pleased he had made the effort. We entered the impressive boat house which is a furnished home and a museum and enjoyed all that it had to offer. Later we descended carpeted wooden stairs to reach the eating area at ground level. We enjoyed the blue skies, gorgeous scenery and food to die for, eaten in relaxed surroundings and in good company from all over the world. We did not want to leave.

1  Thank David_B503904
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

The collection of buildings that comprise the Dylan Thomas experience have been kept very much to the original designs of use. The writing shed is famous for not being touched since Dylan left it (it's free to poke your nose up to the glass to have a peek).
The Boathouse contains a gift shop, small museum, and a cafe. We found it rather busy and so didn't feel like we had the time to sit and take in the atmosphere. The price for the museum may seem a little steep at first but when you consider that the upkeep of the boathouse and the shed is included then it doesn't seem that bad.
For someone who knows about the life and work of Dylan then there is no need to visit the museum. The small garden and cafe can be access without paying the museum fee.
The gift shop was very expensive, almost needlessly so. There's a variety of books (all at cover price) and a small selection of gift cards, postcards and Dylan memorabilia.

1  Thank Ladylutra
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Although not a great fan of Dylan Thomas, as I was in the area I decided I should go and experience the famous building in which this poet worked.
I parked the car in the square and firstly went for fish and chips in the shop near the car, then i walked up the hill and saw what in anyones estimation was an old shed. I carefully entered and it was if time had stood still, there was the interior exactly as the great man had left it.
I sat down and looked out of the window across the bay and found i was transfixed, somehow I understood how this quiet place could stimulate his mind.
There i was a man who wasnt a fan suddenly composing poetry, amazing.

Thank Taffyby
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

This little garage was the writing room that Dylan Thomas used. It is still left as he left it. What a great insight into the great man's life.

Thank GwynRoberts
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