The township of Laugharne is remarkable. Dylan noted on his first visit in 1934 aged 19 that it was, ‘… the strangest town in Wales’. He was surprised that people spoke with a broad English accent and that Laugharne had a cosmopolitan feel. Here was a man with a love for the seaside, for nature, for discussing literature, for pub-culture, for characters and stories and Laugharne provided it all and more.
Visitors make journeys to Laugharne to see the Boathouse where Dylan lived, and the cemetery of St. Martin’s Church where he and Caitlin are buried. The Boathouse itself is owned by Laugharne Corporation which was established in 1270, and regularly holds court, chaired by a Portreeve and attended by the Aldermen and burgesses.
Laugharne is still a busy town and has a rugby team, a carnival, a regatta, a choir - The Corran Singers, and is also home to the Laugharne Players, an amateur theatre company who have been performing Under Milkwood since 1958.
Laugharne also has a variety of other attractions including cafes, pubs, restaurants, gift shops, Dylan’s Birthday Walk, the newly re-furbished Browns Hotel, Dylan’s favourite drinking haunt. Other interesting attractions locally are Y Gat Craft Centre in St. Clears, the Museum Of Speed in Pendine and the Hywel Dda centre in Whitland.
To see a list of other local attractions and accommodation in Carmarthenshire, please visit Discover Carmarthenshire’
The last word on Laugharne has to go to the man himself. Dylan Thomas wonderfully described the place as:
‘…a black-magical bedlam by the sea… timeless, beautiful, barmy (both spellings)… there is nowhere like it anywhere at all.’