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Review of Dylan Thomas Centre

Dylan Thomas Centre
Ranked #25 of 119 things to do in Swansea
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Owner description: Museum that chronicles the life and works of Thomas Dylan, one of the most notable of Welsh poets.
Coventry
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“A great way to spend an hour or so”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2014

Found this gem by chance. Wonderful, small museum full of information that is the wonder of Dylan Thomas. You couldn't fail to be moved by his melodic voice, talent and this accessible joy. Great way to spend a short time and kds would love it too.

Visited April 2014
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“Provides great insight to the life of Dylan Thomas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

This is a must for anyone who enjoys the works of Dylan Thomas. They have black and white film that is old and takes about an hour but it provides first hand testimony from friends and other people who knew him well. It is well worth watching and provides excellent background on his life and works.

Visited January 2014
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“A fitting tribute”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

My son and myself had planned this visit as part of a longterm promise to ourselves to visit South Wales to further our mutual love of Dylan Thomas and his poetry. There is always a sense of trepidation as you feel that sometimes these places do not live up to your expectations. We began our trip here and could not have been more satisfied and delighted. In many ways a simple tribute to the poet that focuses on the essentials of his life, namely his poetry, and relegates his bohemian drinking culture to second place where it should remain.
Finally, congratulations to the local council that supports this centre. Given the cuts to the Arts in England by the Philistine Coalition government the Wesh can take pride in this tribute to their great poet.

Visited October 2013
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Stuart, FL
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“A man with the gift of language”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

I only visited the Dylan Thomas exhibit while at the Centre, but was totally blown away. Although I knew the name, I was not familiar with his writing. It seems we never got to 20th century poets in school, having spent so much time on Beowulf and other ancient stuff we couldn't relate to. What a shame. If we had studied Dylan Thomas, I may have a totally different attitude toward poetry today. He was a genius of the English language. I was utterly taken with the poetry in the exhibit and now want to read more.

What a tragedy to lose such talent at such a young age. I take it, from the exhibit, that there was much fiction regarding his life while he was alive, most of which he propagated himself. I'm glad to have discovered the truth about this man who never seemed to feel comfortable in his adult life. Thankfully he shared with us such rich memories of his childhood in his writing and did not go gentle into that good night.

Very highly recommended.

Visited October 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

The small, compact exhibition trying to make sense of Dylan Thomas' life is a masterpiece in economic use of space. The one weak point is the that you can hear the commentaries from other parts so you are never quite immersed in the particular experience before you. All that said, it succeeds in laying out so many aspects of his life and character as well as the myths that have grown up about him. It takes you beyond 'Under Milk Wood' and 'Do not go gentle into that good night' and unravels a man, a person. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Visited October 2013
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