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Laugharne Castle

King Street, Carmarthen SA33 4SA, Wales
+44 1994 427906
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Interesting for the Dylan Thomas and Richard Hughes connection

A castle ruin with a nice little Victorian garden and the gazebo where Dylan Thomas wrote... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
mcwDurham
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Durham, United Kingdom
A pleasant morning visit

A lovely well kept castle ruin with an interesting history. Great views from the top and a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
WrexhamHumo
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Ellesmere, United Kingdom
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Think Laugharne, think Dylan Thomas. A bittersweet love affair between townsfolk and resident poet, conducted via prickly poems and supremely clever short stories. Think Laugharne, think castle too. The magnificent medieval castle turned Tudor mansion later became the perfect antidote to writer’s block. Both Dylan and author Richard Hughes put pen to paper in the castle’s garden summerhouse. Looking out over the estuary, like an eagle nesting on its eyrie, this impressive relic of ancient times demands you stand and stare. It will simply take your breath away. ‘Brown as owls’ as Mr Thomas put it so eloquently in his ‘Poem in October’. Built in the 13th century by the de Brian family, probably atop an earlier Norman ringwork castle, the solid mansion we see before us is the lasting legacy of Sir John Perrot. It didn’t fare too well during the Civil War. Once captured by Parliamentary forces after a siege, it was partially dismantled.
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King Street, Carmarthen SA33 4SA, Wales
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"dylan thomas"
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"boat house"
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"summer house"
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"car park"
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"well worth a visit"
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"lovely walk"
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"fabulous views"
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"stunning location"
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"walk around"
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"sunny day"
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"great visit"
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"historical information"
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"surrounding area"
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"friendly staff"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A castle ruin with a nice little Victorian garden and the gazebo where Dylan Thomas wrote sometimes. An interesting addition to the visit to the boathouse.

Thank mcwDurham
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A lovely well kept castle ruin with an interesting history. Great views from the top and a pleasant walk around the well kept gardens

Thank WrexhamHumo
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Wanted to visit this castle due to the Dylan Thomas connection and was surprised to find so attractive. The gentleman in the office was so very nice and knowledgeable and it was easy to see he was very proud of the castle. The grounds are...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The custodian was really pleasant and the castle itself is quite impressive. There are not many interpretation points, but the little turret in the wall has some stuff about the famous authors who lived close by. Most of our visit was peaceful, but as we...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely and Peaceful. Only £4 to walk round some lovely and Peaceful gardens. The Climb to the top of the tower for some lovely views

Thank Robert T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely hidden castle. Really striking as you approach and grounds are beautiful.Make sure you walk along the sea front by the castle.

Thank Clive L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An impressive facade facing the car park and the estuary but when inside there isn't a lot more to it. It is very picturesque though. The car park is 300 metres away and serves for the estuary walks and Dylan Thomas Bathhouse so it can...More

1  Thank KS&HC
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Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

Lovely little castle to explore, would be an ideal spot for a picnics on a nice day. There is a lovely view from the top over seeing the bay. Would be great to let kids run around. There is also a lovely little chip shop...More

Thank Annie L
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Reviewed April 30, 2018

Looks pretty basic on the approach but there's loads more inside remaining, so well worth a visit. On the downside, there's not much historical information on display. We expected a basic guide, but none was offered, so probably worth forking out for an official guide...More

Thank Peter J
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Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

Another great castle with its own historical storey , small entrance fee £4 pp. small shop but amazing views ! North tower accessible and great vistas from there , small poets room on exterior walls .

Thank walletShrewsbury
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I have reread my review of Laugharne Castle and I did not say it was free entrance to the Castle , you must be mixing me up with someone else , E P Adams
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