Laugharne is a small town on the estuary of the River Tâf, one of three rivers which flow into the estuary on on into Carmarthen Bay.
It is perhaps best known for having been the home of Dylan Thomas from 1949 until his death in 1953 .
It has a scenic castle, known originally as the Castle of Abercorran. It existed in Laugharne before the Norman Conquest and belonged to the princes of South Wales. Henry II visited it in 1172 on his return from Ireland.
Laugharne Corporation is an almost unique institution, and, together with the City of London Corporation, the last surviving mediæval corporation in the United Kingdom.
Also of interest is the Tin Shed Experience is a quaint and quirky 1940’s museum, which is on the right hand side of the high street as you enter Llaugharne from the north.
The lovely two-mile Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk is the setting for one of his best loved works, Poem in October, in which he vividly describes a stroll around Laugharne on his 30th birthday.
There are information boards at all the best viewpoints of the ‘heron-priested shore’, which are full of information about Dylan’s life and work. As a bonus, if you do the walk on your own birthday (and can prove it), you can claim complimentary goodies at several local businesses. Free pint and a bag of chips, anyone?