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“Sunday morning surprise”

Dylan Thomas Birth Place
Ranked #15 of 125 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 19, 2013

I visited this beautifully restored 1914 house last Sunday morning. You are greeted with a cup of tea and a chat from the engaging host Annie. It's a great way to start and get to know your fellow tourists... In my case a couple of charming students from California. The house is amazing. I primarily went to see the house and get a sense of what a house of this era might look like restored - and I wasn't disappointed. I also learnt loads about Dylan Thomas.... Which was a bonus. If you are in Swansea - you must visit! For a fiver this has to be one of the best value attractions in the country.

3  Thank christinebayliss1
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Dylan Thomas was born in this house and lived nearly half of his whole life in Swansea. This house was one of the landmarks in his life, in his works for sure. Except for DT Centre nearby Swansea Museum, this is another important place to visit for DT's fans or travellers. DT with his family used to live here, where you can find the true story he had in his early life. As well, Dylan Thomas's Home is excellently brilliant and friendly accommodation. The director of DT's Home is a really nice and friendly lady, who gives you a cup of tea and chats with you about DT's life in UK and in USA. Strongly recommed that it is worthwhile to visit and don't miss it!!

2  Thank Linxu
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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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