Project Description

CADW Open Doors: Dylan Thomas Boathouse & Writing Shed, Laugharne

  • Date:

    September 21st & 22nd

  • Dylan Thomas Boathouse,
    Dylan’s Walk,
    SA33 4SD

  • This was the last home of poet Dylan Thomas and his family, where poems such as “Do not go Gentle” were written in the nearby Writing Shed, a former garage set on stilts in the cliff with stunning and inspiring views of the estuary.

    The Writing Shed will be open to the public, and there will be an explosion of music in the garden as the culmination of an interactive sound sculpture installation by artist in residence, Laura Garrett.

    Address – Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Dylan’s Walk, Laugharne, SA33 4SD.

    Directions – bus service 222 from Carmarthen to Pendine (see Carmarthenshire County Council website for details) on Saturday only.

    Or – drive to Laugharne from St Clears on the A4066 passing St Martin’s church on the left, where Dylan and Caitlin are buried. Continue through the township passing the town hall and castle. At the bottom of the hill, there is free parking on the Green Banks. From here the walk to the Boathouse is signposted.

    There is no safe vehicular access to the Boathouse and no parking facilities. The Boathouse is situated on Dylan’s Walk, Laugharne, and can be accessed either from Victoria Street, or from the causeway which runs from the car park on the Grist under the castle, approximately a quarter of a mile away. From the causeway there is a steep path to Victoria Street or two sets of rocky steps to Dylan’s Walk. The causeway is under water during high tides. Dylan’s Walk is fairly level throughout its length, though the surface is uneven in places.

    The building is accessed down six sets of steps, 41 steps altogether. There is a handrail. The front door is 33” wide and leads into the retail area. There is a set of steps with a handrail down to the tearoom and terrace. There is also a set of steps and handrail leading to the upper floor and display/exhibition area.

    The toilets are situated on the terrace. There is no disabled toilet.

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