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by Tom Fieldhouse (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
Published February 20th 2020
The Boat House of Dylan Thomas- Sail Away
Nestled on the cliffs of the Taff estuary in Carmarthenshire, Wales is the house and writing haven of Dylan Thomas. One of the giants of Welsh and world poetry, this beautiful cliff-perching house has been preserved as a museum that is an inspiring legacy to a great mind. The Boat House is also the place in which Thomas wrote one of his most loved works, the play for voices Under Milk Wood.

The Boat House, taken from the stairs leading down from Dylan's Lane

The Boathouse lies at the edge of the historical village of Laugharne, which is a wonderful place to visit on its own with a museum, pub, quirky 'tin shed' museum experience and breathtaking walks in the Welsh countryside. Dylan Thomas, who is buried at the cemetery in Laugharne, loved it, and described it as '…a black-magical bedlam by the sea… timeless, beautiful, barmy (both spellings)… there is nowhere like it anywhere at all.'

The Parlour, which has been preserved as it was, in 1953

For an online perusal of the boathouse, check out the virtual tour here.

This beautiful and cosy museum is a faithful legacy to a creative genius, one highlight being Thomas' writing shed, complete with crumpled drafts of poetry, writing equipment and bottles of his beloved beer. It is almost as if he has just popped out to the shops, even though he passed away in 1953, at the tragically young age of 39. He died in New York, which feels a world away from this rural paradise.

Dylan Thomas' Writing Shed, built on the cliff edge overlooking Laugharne estuary and the castle.

The Boat House is full of all manner of belongings, artwork and letters written by this great man, and upstairs visitors can watch an insightful 20-minute short film about the life and writing of the poet.

Some of the 1200 letters which Dylan Thomas wrote during his lifetime.

There is plenty to do and see at the boathouse, including a visit to the cafe and bookshop, and the Boat House is also the starting point of many lovely walks.

The Boat House in the distance, as seen when walking from the castle car park.

The gorgeous view from Thomas' Boat House
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Why? Stunning museum: a legacy to the life of Welsh Poet Dylan Thomas
When: Consult website for 2020 openings
Phone: 01994 427420
Where: Laugharne, Camarthenshire, South Wales
Cost: Very reasonable entry, under £5 for adults, and under 7's get in for free.
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