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Open Doors Dylan Thomas Boathouse

Visit the last home of one of the world's most loved poets free of charge with a pre-booked ticket. Feel the peaceful atmosphere and wonder at the beautiful views across the estuary. Understand why Dylan Thomas and his family fell in love with the place.

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Dylan Thomas Boat House

The Dylan Thomas Boathouse was the last home of the poet Dylan Thomas before his early death at the age of 39 in America. He moved there in 1947 with his wife Caitlin, son Llewellyn and daughter Aeronwy. His youngest son Colm was born while they were living there.


An unusual garage built on stilts on the side of the cliff also came with the property, and Dylan was able to use this as his Writing Shed. Inspired by the view across the estuary he wrote some of his great work here, including Under Milkwood and Do not go Gentle.


Entry to the Boathouse will be free to all those who have pre-booked on Eventbrite and can produce a valid ticket on entry. Please be aware that, to ensure the best visitor experience, tickets are limited to 50 per day across two time slots. There will be 25 free tickets available for the 10am-1pm entry slot and 25 available 1pm-5pm entry slot. 


Poetry readings have been postponed until a later date. We're sorry for any inconvenience caused.


Open Doors will take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September. The Boathouse will be open from 10am to 5pm on both days.


Booking required at this link:


Access to the house and tearoom are down 40 steps to the house and 10 steps to the tearoom and patio area (which might prove challenging to those with mobility issues) where refreshments will be served . There is no wheelchair access or disabled toilet.


There is very limited public transport to the Boathouse, bus service 222, Carmarthen to Pendine on Saturday only.


Parking is on the foreshore under the castle and is approx a 10 minute walk to the Boathouse, and can be steep in places.