Tenby is a gem of the Welsh coast. A delightfully preserved walled town with elegant Georgian terraces, it crowns a rocky outcrop and slithers down to a picture postcard harbour. It also has an emotional pull for Dylan Thomas fans in search of landmark locations. For Tenby's dramatic, storm-lashed North Cliff was the last place where Dylan performed in the UK just 17 days before his final, fatal trip to America. It's a drive of just 35 minutes from Laugharne.
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It was the Tenby and District Arts Club which hosted Dylan that night back in 1953 and the group is still going. Members are happy to welcome guests and visitors, so why not put an arts society gathering on your agenda?
At the very least we recommend a trip to the town. Tenby doesn't make a big thing of its Dylan links but maybe it should. Dylan authority Jeff Towns says: "Dylan and Caitlin visited Tenby for pleasure and to visit some of her relatives. Also, two artists close to Dylan were born in the same street here. In 1890 Nina Hamnett was born in Lexden Terrace; 12 years later Augustus John was born."
In the early 1930s, Hamnett and Dylan would meet up around the late-night drinking clubs of London's Fitzrovia. John met the poet at the same time and later brought Dylan and Caitlin together. When in Tenby it's well worth following in the footsteps of Dylan.
You can't see the location of that 1953 performance – the Salad Bowl café, on The Croft, has been demolished. Nearby, however is the location of a 1949 performance – The Peerless Hotel in High Street. It's now apartments and a clothes shop.