2014 marks the centenary of the life and work of one of Wales' most important and revered writers - Dylan Thomas. Over the course of the year there will be numerous events to celebrate English language’s second most quoted writer – Shakespeare being the first. For more information on events visit www.dylanthomas100.org.
To give you the full Dylan experience Stradey Park Hotel have partnered with some of the best hotels in South Wales, places that influenced the work of the writer.
Associated Work: '18 Poem's,' Twenty-Five Poems'
Where to Stay: 5 Cwmdonkin Drive (Dylan's birthplace) or Morgans Hotel
'Begin at the beginning' and visit the place of Dylan Thomas' birth - 5 Cwmdonkin Drive. Stay in the beautifully restored Edwardian house where Dylan was born and went on to write two-thirds of his work. Visit Cwmdonkin Park where the writer often frequented and follow the Uplands trail. If you are looking for something more modern why not stay at Morgans Hotel in Swansea City Centre, close to the Dylan Thomas Centre which features a permanent exhibition of his life and work as well as information on Dylan Thomas Trails.
Associated Work: 'Fern Hill', 'A Visit to Grandpa's'
Where to Stay: Stradey Park Hotel
After leaving the birthplace of Dylan Thomas you will stop off at the luxurious 4 star Stradey Park Hotel in Llanelli. From here you can experience the beauty of rural Carmarthenshire that Dylan would have visited on family holidays as a child, particularly his Aunt Aunnie's farm 'Fern Hill', immortalised by the poem of the same name.
Associated Work: 'Under Milk Wood', 'Do Not Go Gentle'
Where to Stay: Browns Hotel
The final leg of your Dylan Thomas tour will see you visit Browns Hotel in Laugharne. Browns Hotel will forever be associated with Dylan Thomas. It was his favourite 'watering hole' and he gathered most of the material for his iconic play, 'Under Milk Wood' from the gossip and stories he heard in the bar.
The Grade 2 listed hotel, which was built in 1752, stands on Laugharne's King St, a short distance from the castle, estuary, gifts shops and cafes, the quirky Tin Shed military museum and, most importantly, the Dylan Thomas Boathouse - the poet's, 'sea-shaken house on a breakneck of rocks' - where he lived for the last four years of his short life. It is now a museum and tea room and is open all year round.
We'll leave the last word on Laugharne to Dylan:
'A mild beguiling island of a town... there is nowhere like it anywhere at all.'
We can customise a package depending on how long you would like to stay in each area.
1 night in Swansea, Llanelli & Laugharne (3 day short break) - £225 per room* inc. breakfast
2 nights in Swansea, Llanelli & Laugharne (6 day break) - £450 per room* inc. breakfast
1 night in Swansea, 3 nights in Llanelli, 4 nights in Laugharne - £600 per room* inc breakfast
Contact Stradey Park Hotel on:
(01554) 758171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stradey Park Hotel will check on the availability on the dates you wish to travel and confirm your booking with our hotel partners.
*Based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room. Payment is made directly to each hotel involved in the package. Breakfast is included at each hotel involved in the package. Stradey Park Hotel will make your booking at each hotel but is not responsible thereafter, any changes or cancellations should be dealt with directly with the hotel in question. Booking subject to terms and conditions of individual accommodation providers. Minimum of one day stay in Swansea, Llanelli & Laugharne.