Welcome to our blog-site, a place to find interesting snippets and news from Dylan Thomas’ Birthplace. Our main website is www.dylanthomasbirthplace.com
If Dylan was around today would he have rushed home and posted his experiences and inspirations in a blog?
We think the answer is almost certainly “yes” which is perhaps one of the reasons that we have started this blog about the house and area that he remembers best.
The way Dylan worked and his prodigious output of letters would have been perfectly suited to a PC and email. His poetry took him an age to craft – some 200 versions have been recorded of some of his work – as he insisted on rewriting the whole piece even for minor changes. How much simpler with a copy of Word – but how long would he have kept a laptop before losing it?!
Number 5 Cwmdonkin Drive played a large part in shaping the style and output of Dylan Thomas. Dylan was born in the front bedroom of the house in 1914 and continued to live in the house until his parents moved out in 1937. Over two thirds of his published output was written in 5 Cwmdonkin Drive overlooking his “… long and splendid curving shore…” of Swansea Bay. This is where the subject of the film Edge of Love and author of Under Milk Wood spent his formative years. The most important room in Dylan’s life – often referred to at Wales’ first World Literary Heritage Site – is his tiny bedroom which we have just dressed as it would have been in 1934 when Dylan had just published his first book 18 Poems which set the literary world alight. See our post on 18 Poems here.
Come and learn about the three year long restoration project from rundown student bedsit to sparkling new 1914 “…semi-detached Glamorgan villa...” The house has been reborn and is available to rent as a themed self catering holiday experience.
So what is new?
Number 5 is now open for visitors from 10:30am-4:30pm daily. This is a change to our previous system of set tour times. Our visitors are now able to self guide themselves around the Edwardian home with the aid of informative information displayed throughout the house. This does not constrain those with little time or with ‘less interested’ members of the party. – when there is someone using the house for self-catering, times may vary (book overnight stays online on the website) so it’s best to telephone first and we can make sure we are there to greet you.
It’s also great for that special meal – why not let us host your own special Dinner at Dylan’s event or read the latest dinner review?
It’s not only our Royal visitor – Prince Charles who can have afternoon tea at the Birthplace. His was a bit special but we look after all our visitors just the same (check Trip Advisor if you want confirmation).
Is 5 Cwmdonkin Drive for you?
We think that anyone and everyone can gain something from staying or visiting the house – you might be a family or business group wanting to get away for some peace and quiet to plan your latest strategy or even a small group of friends looking for a unique venue for a birthday or other celebration (we’ll even lay on a traditionally cooked meal to an Edwardian menu).
Oh, and it’s a great place for anyone wanting to get away …so perfectly relaxing…
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