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“A Beautiful gift”

Dylan Thomas Birth Place
Ranked #3 of 131 things to do in Swansea
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The house in which the late Welsh poet Dylan Thomas was born and lived with his family for the first 23 years of his life. Enter Dylan Thomas Birthplace and you go back in time to when the Thomas family bought No 5 as a new house in 1914 just a few months before Dylan was born in the front bedroom. Soak up the atmosphere of the house in which he lived for 23 years and wrote two thirds of his published work The Dylan Thomas Birthplace is unique in that it allows you to stay in the house as a visitor. When you book the house you have exclusive use during your stay. The house has a growing reputation for introducing new literary and musical talent from both Wales and the rest of the world. The house is open for visiting every day from 10:30am to 4:30pm and the relaxed journey takes you through the beautifully restored rooms to give you an insight into life in the Edwardian era and a perfect starting point to discover just how Dylan was inspired by "...this sea-town..." Phoning or emailing ahead is advisable, as on occasion the house is utilised for overnight stays, dining experiences and other events which will mean the inability to carry out house visits at times where advertised. We do of course, apologise for any inconvenience which may be caused in these instances.
Reviewed February 18, 2013

As some one born and bred in Swansea, an inspired birthday present from a friend led to my visiting this wonderful place. The house is not only a magical step back in time where you can truly imagine the Thomas family living, but the experience is made all the more enchanting by the extremely knowledgable and engaging guide Annie. Who, so expertly managed to relate the human experiences of yesteryear to those we go through today. I left feeling inspired to find out more about Dylan's legacy and the history of my home town. I will definitely be returning with my children as I feel this as a living museum is a very valuable educational experience and a rare opportunity for them to become immersed in history.

2  Thank Martyclan
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Walking through the house provides a great insight into Dylan Thomas, his stories, and poetry. You can see and feel the parlour full of uncles, the kitchen full of scurrying aunts, and the overarching presence of his father. The house has been restored with astonishing attention to detail (no chrome just yet!) and looks very much as it would have when Dylan was a child. Annie is a great host and has a wealth of information about the house, Dylan, his family and friends, Swansea, Gower and more. This is a place to experience history, not just read about it. Come here first and visit the Dylan Thomas Center and the town later. They will make more sense after your visit. Also, if you're feeling adventurous, you can spend the night at the house. That's an experience that should not be missed.

2  Thank Rob A
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

5 Cwmdonkin Drive is among the most important sites for mythopoetic contemplation on Planet Earth. A stay under this roof is an unparalleled opportunity for anyone who finds such a time-travel notion to be intriguing—or compelling.

2  Thank JohnDotson
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

What a fantastic experience! To think...we drank coffee from the same mugs as Prince Charles (affectionately known as Chazza). And then there was the house itself, immaculately preserved and maintained: we were guided around with expertise. I can honestly say that I have learned more in an afternoon about the life of Dylan than I could have done in months (perhaps even years) of reading. It was one gigantic, interesting and riveting conversation, essentially, it was how a tour should be. The house itself seemed like it had been eternally frozen in the 1920s, and this only added to the majesty of it. It's true: to fully understand the 20th century, one must first experience the 20th century. Furthermore, to fully understand Dylan Thomas, one must first experience that which Dylan himself would have experienced. I can honestly say that, today, I did. A simply wonderful visit. (Apologies to Dylan, who would have hated the pretentiousness of this review).

1  Thank Norris1305
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Our visit to Dylan Thomas Home was a unique and humbling experience, Annie, owner and guide was a passionate and informative host, the House is alive with Dylan's spirit everywhere and this is certainly not another stuffy architectural relic with vague historical connections. I spent my youth in Swansea and Annie over cups of tea defined Dylan's character but also his place amongst Swansea folk. A captivating two hours, hats off to Annie and her assistants, highly recommended.

1  Thank steven57_13
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