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Laugharne (Talacharn)/Wales

Introducing Laugharne (Talacharn)

Handsome little Laugharne (pronounced 'larn') sits above the tide-washed shores of the Taf Estuary, overlooked by a Norman castle. Dylan Thomas, one of Wales' greatest writers, spent the last four years of his life here, during which he produced some of his most inspired work, including Under Milk Wood; the town is one of the inspirations for the play's fictional village of Llareggub (spell it backwards and you will get the gist).

On Thomas' first visit to Laugharne he described it as the 'strangest town in Wales', but returned repeatedly throughout his restless life. Many Thomas fans make a pilgrimage here to see the Boathouse where he lived, the shed where he wrote and (drastically made-over) Brown's Hotel where he drank – he used to give the pub telephone number as his contact number.

Dylan and Caitlin Thomas are buried in a grave marked by a simple white, wooden cross in the churchyard of St Martin's Church, on the northern edge of the town. Dylan's Walk is a scenic 2-mile loop that continues north along the shore beyond the Boathouse, then turns inland past a 17th-century farm and back via St Martin's Church. It's clearly signposted.