Cartref Dylan Thomas Boathouse

Cartref Dylan Thomas Boathouse

Cartref Dylan Thomas Boathouse
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Dewch i ddarganfod cartref a Sied Ysgrifennu eiconig Dylan Thomas, lle cafodd y bardd adfywiad creadigol. Gwelwch y golygfeydd bendigedig dros aber afon Taf a Bro Gŵyr y tu hwnt ar teras y Boathouse a mwynhewch ystafell de’r Boathouse gyda’i detholiad o fwyd cartref o ffynonellau lleol. Discover the iconic home and Writing Shed of Dylan Thomas where the poet experienced a creative renaissance. See the wonderful views of the Taf estuary and the Gower beyond from the Boathouse terrace and enjoy the Boathouse tearoom with its locally sourced, home-cooked menu.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • MimBot
    Manchester, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glorious
    What a fantastic place to visit but the highlight truly was the tea room. Not only were the owners/staff utterly lovely but the fresh from the griddle lemon Welsh cakes were gorgeous. What an amazing experience, thank you. Love Ollie, mummy & granny xx
    Thank you for your lovely review and it's great to hear that you had such a nice experience😊 You're welcome back any time Ollie, mummy and granny!😀
    Written September 20, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Jeffdee
    1,198 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Atmospheric recreation of Dylan's home
    This is an amazing place to visit. It is lovingly recreated and contains original furniture including some from his birthplace in Cwmdonkin Drive. It is in a beautiful location and it is easy to see how it would inspire a poet like Dylan. His writing shed is displayed as if Dylan had just popped out for a pint! Last but not least it has a lovely cafe selling traditional Welsh produce!
    Thank you so much for your kind review😊 Lovely to hear that you appreciated the atmosphere and location and glad you sampled the produce in the cafe too!😀
    Written September 20, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Chelsea C
    Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Friendly staff and wonderful place!
    Wonderful place. So welcoming and just simplicity at its finest. It’s fascinating being able to walk around the boathouse and then to sit and have a cup of tea and some delicious Welsh cakes was a lovely bonus! Highly recommend if you are a Dylan Thomas fan, or just looking for a lovely cuppa and a gorgeous view!
    Thank you so much for such a lovely review😊 We're so happy you enjoyed and found the place so welcoming. The tea and Welsh cakes certainly are delightful too!😀
    Written September 20, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Karen C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A perfect stop for a couple of hours
    The boathouse is small but so interesting and atmospheric and in a gorgeous spot. We learnt a lot about Dylan Thomas and definitely want to read more of his poetry now. We spent a couple of hours there including a lovely homemade lunch in the tea room. The freshly made lemon drizzle cake was particularly delicious. So nice to experience home cooking rather than the mass produced food you often find in such places these days.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Ruth G
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best cawl soup and a most restful experience immersed in the world of Dylan Thomas
    Second visit to Dylan Thomas Boathouse. This is somewhere you need to just be in. We enjoyed sitting in the lounge and reading some the Dylan Thomas books in the bookshelf. Then went upstairs for the exhibition and film and amazing views of the estuary outside. Finishing with the best Cawl soup you will ever have..the patio was a sun trap and we basked and enjoyed a leisurely lunch. The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. We came away with some lovely memories. Thank you
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 5, 2023
  • Neil M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge debt to my English teacher, Mr Rogers.
    When I had just turned 17, my English teacher at Shirebrook comp played us a record of Under Milkwood. I was taken away by the musicality of Dylan Thomas' words. Ever since then I wanted to visit the place where that magic was created and 45 years on, I finally made it to the Boathouse. I know this will sound pretentious but I don't care. For me, this was a spiritual experience. The bones of the house breathed Dylan, Caitlin and their family with all their ups and downs. I was warmly welcomed to the house by Toby who was very friendly and knowledgeable. The Thomas story was told simply and warmly. Thank you to all associated with keeping the Boathouse open to visitors like me. It seems like it will always be a 'spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible black...'
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 15, 2024
  • Pam G
    Halifax, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful experience to deepen an understanding of Dylan Thomas' work and life.
    Until I visited the Boathouse, I hadn't started to feel the magic of Laugharne. However, when the wonderful person who worked there answered my questions and told me about the lives of Dylan Thomas and his family, the place came alive. His enthusiasim and obvious love of the place seeped into my own consciousness, till I felt the depth and beauty and began to truly appreciate the buildings, the situation and the town. I've always loved Under Milkwood, but this visit made it come alive in a way I could never have imagined. Everyone we met was so interesting and helpful. I would highly recommend it.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 23, 2024
  • Stephen C
    Colchester, United Kingdom34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to get to know Dylan Thomas
    A lovely visit to this small but highly interesting homage to Dylan Thomas. A really warm welcome with lots of information from the very friendly and knowledgeable staff when you purchase your tickets. Lots of interesting things to see and a useful documentary on show in the upper rooms. Obviously the highlight are the amazing views across the estuary. We enjoyed a coffee with some bara brith in the very friendly coffee shop on the ground floor.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2024
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Wales113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
I have no idea why we haven’t visited Laugharne and the Boathouse sooner - I read a lot of Dylan Thomas and live just over an hour away!

The setting is as beautiful as Dylan’s description of the view.

In a way, it was the wrong time to visit as the house itself is partly closed inside due to Covid as there isn’t enough room to socially distance.

However, the tea room has reopened outside and we much appreciated tea and delicious bars brith In the sunshine. The one way system took us back through the house to the entrance so we could catch a glimpse of the atmosphericrestoration of the rooms .

The tearoom is looked after by volunteers Who were lovely and welcoming.
Written September 14, 2020
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Anne D
10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Laugharne estuary is beautiful but suggest you stick to the walk alongside river. Really disappointed with boathouse, although views are good. Only 3rooms to look at. Not worth £6 each. Board outside said concessions were £5.50 but when we got in the man behind the counter said that they’d stopped the concession option. No apology for misinformation. Unless you want to pay £6 each to eat in the cafe or use the loo stay outside!!
Written April 4, 2024
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Pam G
Halifax, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Until I visited the Boathouse, I hadn't started to feel the magic of Laugharne. However, when the wonderful person who worked there answered my questions and told me about the lives of Dylan Thomas and his family, the place came alive. His enthusiasim and obvious love of the place seeped into my own consciousness, till I felt the depth and beauty and began to truly appreciate the buildings, the situation and the town. I've always loved Under Milkwood, but this visit made it come alive in a way I could never have imagined. Everyone we met was so interesting and helpful. I would highly recommend it.
Written March 23, 2024
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D_Evans2013
Greater London, UK76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
I am a huge fan of Dylan Thomas' work and so when we had the chance to come to the boathouse I jumped on the chance. It was everything I could have wished for, the only thing I would have liked is a desk somewhere (possibly upstairs) where we as visitors could write something ourselves.

Maybe update the video about Dylan Thomas as well as the one that was on display was from the 1960's or 1970's.
Written January 17, 2020
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Karen C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The boathouse is small but so interesting and atmospheric and in a gorgeous spot. We learnt a lot about Dylan Thomas and definitely want to read more of his poetry now. We spent a couple of hours there including a lovely homemade lunch in the tea room. The freshly made lemon drizzle cake was particularly delicious. So nice to experience home cooking rather than the mass produced food you often find in such places these days.
Written September 30, 2023
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dave h
Penarth, UK379 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Dylan Thomas, a brilliant poet and writer blessed with a very special talent worked from this location!
Inspired by the landscape and beauty of Laugharne and its estuary. Supposedly left as it was in his most inspirational period. Plain and simple land mark to a genius who died before his time.
Written February 27, 2023
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BigWorldDreaming
Melbourne, Australia60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This beautiful, little museum was an absolute delight. The location is unbelievably beautiful and so easy to see how Dylan Thomas gained inspiration for his lyrical, joyous writing. To be able to sit in what was what his bedroom was awesome. There is a short video that explains how this place was so important to his writing. We felt it a privilege to visit here. There is a small cafe that sells delicious cheese scones and other lovely treats. There is also a small shop that sells some of his writing. This was a delightful afternoon. His simple grave is in the nearby cemetery.
Written March 13, 2023
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Neil M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
When I had just turned 17, my English teacher at Shirebrook comp played us a record of Under Milkwood. I was taken away by the musicality of Dylan Thomas' words. Ever since then I wanted to visit the place where that magic was created and 45 years on, I finally made it to the Boathouse. I know this will sound pretentious but I don't care. For me, this was a spiritual experience. The bones of the house breathed Dylan, Caitlin and their family with all their ups and downs. I was warmly welcomed to the house by Toby who was very friendly and knowledgeable. The Thomas story was told simply and warmly. Thank you to all associated with keeping the Boathouse open to visitors like me. It seems like it will always be a 'spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible black...'
Written February 15, 2024
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Susan T
Bristol, UK140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
A stunning walk rom the ruins of the Castle along the estuary. Dylan Thomas's writing shed is only open on special occasions but you can peer in through the window and see it all. The boat house is a little further along the bay and is well worth a visit with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Fabulous view sitting on the terrace with tea and cakes, watching the tide come in (very quickly!!).
Written June 7, 2022
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Kate F
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A visit to Laugharne is a must if you are a Thomas Dylan fan or are simply just interested in his background. Park in the carpark of St. Martin’s church where there is plenty of space and first visit the new part of the cemetery where he and his wife Caitlin are buried. Then take the path behind the church and it takes you first to his writing shed and then to the Boathouse where he spent his last years. You can sit in an armchair in the parlour that he may have sat in. It was an inspiring visit.
Written June 14, 2022
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