Project Description

International Dylan Thomas Day Walk, Oxford

  • Date:

    Sunday May 14th

  • Start point –
    Castleyard Cafe,
    Oxford Castle,
    OX1 1AY
  • A two-hour, central Oxford ‘walk on the Welsh side’, with reference to eminent ‘sons of Cambria’ such as Geoffrey of Monmouth, Gerald of Wales, ‘Beau’ Nash, T. E. Lawrence, and an incalculable number of Joneses, as well as Dylan Thomas himself. Passing from west to east, from the River Thames to the Cherwell, from Town to Gown, from pre-Roman to post-War, this walk of about one-and-a-half miles with local historian, guide, and author Mark Davies will pass by “beer-imbibing, Welsh-rarebit-fed” Jesus College, the ancient Turf Tavern (one of Dylan’s favourite pubs, among many favourite pubs!), and end at Magdalen College, where Dylan resided while in Oxford in the 1940s. The ticket price includes entrance to Magdalen College, founded in the 15th century, where participants will be able to explore the extensive grounds and deer park at leisure at the end of the walk. If you are an Oxford resident, a student, or over 60, please bring proof with you.
    Expect ‘tales of youth’ and of ‘rough and adventurous relaxations’; of leeks, and harps and toasted cheese; of at least one Red Herring; and of treachery, magic, and dragons.

    Tickets £12.00, from: or in person from Oxford Castle Unlocked.

    Maximum group size: 20 people.

    Why not make a day of it by exploring Oxford Castle in the morning? There is a 25% discount on usual Unlocked prices for participants on the International Dylan Thomas Day walk.