The Llansteffan Peninsula
A thrilling aspect of Laugharne is its proximity to the tiny Welsh-speaking farming communities that played a pivotal role in the life of Dylan Thomas. With close relatives living there, he visited them from the age of four until the end of his life. Indeed, the Llansteffan Peninsula as some call it continued to be important to the poet throughout his life. It's a magnificent area to tour by car, full of natural and literary riches.
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Browns Hotel encourages you to take our compact and wonderfully evocative driving tour. How long it takes is up to you – but the longer you linger the more you'll sense the feelings of adventure, freedom and natural beauty that so inspired the poet.
Dylan's father was born in the village of Johnstown at the northern, landward end of this green and rolling tract of Welsh agricultural territory. The family of his mother, although she was born and raised 30 miles to the east in the bustling industrial seaport of Swansea, was rooted in the close-knit communities between Johnstown and the peninsula's storm-battered southern tip.
The locations connected to Dylan include a house known as Fernhill where young Dylan spent many happy holidays. It was, of course, celebrated in a poem known loved around the world.
There are the Blaencwm cottages where the poet stayed on and off, family farms such as Waunfwlchan and Llwyngwyn, and the historic village of Llanybri where a graveyard is the final resting place of Dylan's aunt Ann Jones, once resident at Fernhill.
Llansteffan is a fabulous beachside village that was a childhood favourite of Dylan's and the setting for his short story, The Outing, in which he unintentionally finds himself on an annual men's charabanc trip. Its hilltop castle commands powerful views over the swelling Towy estuary. It's unforgettable.