If you’re a Dylan Thomas fan, a first-time visitor to Swansea, or just love a good story, then this walking tour will fit the bill.
See many of the sights that made this one of Wales’ most beautiful old towns before Swansea gained its city status, and hear how its centre was forever changed after the Three Nights’ Blitz during World War Two. You’ll pass buildings full of Victorian splendour, old alleyways that lead to secret spots and see the bay with one of the highest tidal climbs in all of Europe.
Along the way, I’ll point out the many corners connected to Dylan Thomas, from his favourite hangouts to the places he featured in his stories. As a native of Swansea and a lover of Dylan Thomas, I want to show you exactly why Dylan was so right when he called it an ‘ugly, lovely town’.
Some of the highlights on this tour include:
• Hearing a brief reading from Dylan
• Getting a glimpse of Swansea’s ruined castle
• Taking in one of the most beautiful bays in Wales
• Seeing the road that has masqueraded as New York, Oxford, and several mythical towns in films and on TV
• Hearing tales from Swansea’s murky past
Although you might be able to finish this walk in an hour, you should allow an entire morning or afternoon to complete it at a leisurely pace. There are many lovely pubs and cafes along the way including The No Sign Bar, The Queens, and The Marina to stop off for a drink or a snack. The more erudite amongst you could easily lose yourselves in the Swansea or National Waterfront Museums.