Soak up the landscape and surroundings enjoyed by Dylan Thomas for the last years of his life, an area rich in history and still offering a unique perspective on life as it used to be.
The Castle of Abercorran (now Laugharne Castle) was built by the de Brian family in the early 12th century, when grants of land in the area were made to the Flemish whose own lands had suffered extensive flooding. Abercorran became Laugharne when Owen Laugharne of St Brides married Elizabeth de Brian. Laugharne Castle was seized by Rhys ap Gryffudd after the death of Henry II, returning to the Crown’s ownership in the early 13th century. The castle also played an interesting role in the 17th century Civil War – Laugharne Castle changed sides a couple of times and was eventually burnt and left in ruins by Cromwell. Laugharne Corporation is one of only 2 remaining medieval corporations in Britain and Laugharne continues to use the medieval open field farming system. More recently, Laugharne was the last home of Dylan Thomas and is also famed as the birthplace of Parsons Pickles. Laugharne is more than just castle ruins – there’s a Victorian garden to enjoy, beautiful views of the estuary, St Martin’s Church with its Laugharne Cross (a stone slab featuring an unusual Celtic cross design) and, of course, the garden summerhouse where Dylan Thomas is known to have written. Dylan Thomas’s Boathouse offers the opportunity to experience the place where Thomas experienced his creative renaissance. Follow in the writer’s footsteps on the Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk. The Tin Shed experience occupies a tin shed originally built in 1933 and is dedicated to showing how life was for ordinary people during World War2. Just down the road at Pendine, you’ll find not only a huge beach, but also the Pendine Museum of Speed, commemorating the location for many early land speed record attempts. Finally, each spring Laugharne is home to the ‘wilfully different’ Laugharne Weekend music and literature festival.
ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK
Taking its name no doubt from Laugharne’s original name of Abercorran, the Corran Hotel and Spa Resort between Pendine and Laugharne offers luxurious accommodation, fine dining and a relaxing spa facility. The Boat House
B&B is a great base to explore everything the area has to offer, or stay at Thomas’s favourite haunt, The Browns. Broadway Caravan Park offer static caravans for hire with tents & tourers also welcome.
Campers are well catered for at Antshill Caravan Park and Nine Acres Caravan and Camping Park. Pick up treats at the
Ferryman Delicatessen or eat at The Cors Restaurant for local, seasonal produce. Arthur’s serves up British and
Italian cuisine, The New Three Mariners Inn has featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and, of course, there’s fish
NEED TO KNOW
Getting There: Laugharne is on the A4066 from the A40 at St Clears.
Parking: There are a couple of car parks in Laugharne.
Public Transport: The nearest railway station is Carmarthen. The 222 bus service serves Laugharne from Carmarthen.
Laugharne Castle http://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/laugharnecastle/
St Martin’s Church http://www.churchinwales.org.uk/structure/places/churches/?id=2987
Dylan Thomas Boathouse http://www.dylanthomasboathouse.com/ 01994 427420
The Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk http://www.dylanthomasbirthdaywalk.co.uk/ 01994 427215
The Tin Shed Experience http://tinshedexperience.co.uk/ 07974 106 157
Pendine Museum of Speed http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/home/residents/theatresartsmuseums/museums/museum-of-speed/#.WAIr1eArLIU 01994 453488
Laugharne Weekend http://thelaugharneweekend.com/
The Corran Resort & Spa http://www.thecorran.com 01994 427 417
The Browns http://www.browns.wales/ 01994 427688
The Boat House B&B http://www.bed-breakfast-holiday.co.uk/ 01994 427263
Antshill Caravan Park http://www.antshill.co.uk/Pages/Home.aspx 07977110095
Nine Acres Camping and Caravan Park http://nineacrescampingpark.co.uk/ 01994 427 645
The Ferryman Delicatessen https://www.facebook.com/Ferrymanlaugharne/ 07896 939612
The Cors Restaurant http://www.thecors.co.uk/ 01994 427219
Arthur’s https://www.facebook.com/Arthurs-1558495384390292/ 01994 427422
The New Three Mariners Inn http://www.newthreemarinersinn.co.uk/laugharne-browns.php 01994 427426
Castleview Chip Shop https://threebestrated.co.uk/fish-and-chips-in-carmarthenshire01994 427 445
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