Guide: Laugharne

Introduction

Laugharne is a town in Carmarthenshire, West Wales, which lies on the estuary of the River Tâf. The town was once known as Abercorran, however after the English Civil War its name was changed in honour of Major-General Rowland Laugharne, a local army officer. Every spring since 2007 the town has held a small festival called the Laugharne Weekend, which focuses on and celebrates literature and music.

History

Laugharne is best known as the former home of world famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. There are a number of attractions closely related to the poet, including the boathouse where he lived with his family up until his death in 1953. The boathouse is now a museum, where visitors can admire Thomas’ original writing materials and much of the original furniture from his home. In the centre of the town sits the Browns Hotel, where Dylan Thomas spent a lot of time in the latter years of his life.

Rising over the estuary is Laugharne Castle, which, despite suffering damage during the Civil War, has been standing since the 13th century. Visitors are welcome to admire the views and walk through the Victorian gardens surrounding the castle.

Places to Stay

Offering a clever balance of farmhouse comfort and modern luxury, The Corran is the perfect place to enjoy a weekend away. You can wind down in the spa, which offers a variety of different treatments, or enjoy a meal in the impressive restaurant.

Places to Visit