Its once famous resident, the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, put the village of Laugharne on the map - a "legendary lazy, little black-magical bedlam by the sea". He lived in the Boathouse, now a heritage centre, and is buried at St Martin's church.
The locals will eagerly tell you that Laugharne is beyond the law; in the 1290's, a charter granted by Sir Guido de Brian means that in theory, this quirky area could turn its' nose up at parliament.
The cockle industry was once an important part of Laugharne’s economy, and the well-known pickling firm, Parsons, have their origins in Laugharne.
Laugharne boasts several pubs/restaurants, interesting shops and hotels along with a medieval castle sited on the bank of the Taf river estuary. The estuary and coastal walks are rich in flora and fauna. In the 16th & 17th Centuries, wealthy ship owners and merchants settled here and through the years it was a favourite place for sea captains to retire - hence the many fine buildings.
Laugharne is only 4 miles from the golden sands of Pendine, in addition, the excellent National Botanic Garden of Wales is only a short drive away. The nearby market and county town of Carmarthen is also well worth a visit, with it's windy streets, fabulous shops and historic buildings.
Brown's Hotel was built in 1752 and is the social hub of Laugharne and the favourite watering hole of poet and writer Dylan Thomas.
Traditional home cooked food is served daily. Lunch and evenings meals available all well as cream teas and hot drinks including Teapig teas and freshly ground coffee served throughout the day.
The bar is stocked with Welsh real ales and single malts, vodka, gin and cream liqueur from our good friends at the Penderyn distillery at the foot of the Brecon Beacons.
Celebrating the life famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas lived whilst in Laugharne, the Dylan Thomas Boathouse is most definitely an attraction not to be missed. Dylan wrote some of his most famous pieces in his Writing Shed above the Boat House, including "Under Milk Wood". Since Dylan's death, the Boathouse has welcomed visitors setting up a Tea Rooms offering local produce on its menu, along with a Gift Shop and an exhibition which includes a 24 minute film.
Dogs are allowed in the garden and on the terrace provided they are kept on leads, but only guide dogs are allowed inside. There are no parking facilities.
Overlooking the Taf estuary, Laugharne Castle was built a traditional medieval castle in the 13th Century before it was later used as a Tudor mansion. The castle is home to extensive grounds with both Georgian and Victorian gardens, which were largely used by Richard Hughes and Dylan Thomas when they needed peace for their writing.
The Carpenters Arms in Laugharne, is a welcoming pub whether you're dining as a small party or a large group. With a specific children's menu, a bar and a restaurant, the Carpenters Arms can cater for all needs. A perfect beginning and end if you're opting for either of the two circular walks in the Laugharne area, pop in for a refreshing drink and a delicious meal! Carvery available every Sunday, as well as the traditional pub classics, grills, seafood dishes and salads available daily.
Corran Resort & Spa offers a taste of luxury, hidden in the marshlands of the Carmarthenshire countryside. The menus are creatively designed using the very best local ingredients and fresh seasonal produce. There ethos is clear and simple; well-prepared, thoughtfully cooked and beautifully presented cuisine with a hint of Welsh character and have a large selection of wines that have been hand-picked to complement the revolving menus. Serving breakfast, lunches, afternoon tea and evening meals.
Hidden from the main street in Laugharne is an award winning restaurant. The Cors a very special and intimate quirky and very romantic restaurant within a large landscaped grounds and glorious garden now provides a delightful setting of trees, shrubs, ponds, modern sculptures and secluded areas of seating.
The New Three Mariners is situated just on the corner of Victoria Street and Market Street in Laugharne, a Pembrokeshire village closely linked with poet Dylan Thomas. This pub retains many traditional features such as oak beams and slate flooring making it a real treat on your visit to Laugharne. They serve a range of guest ales as well as Sunday lunch, pub classics, pizza, paella and pastas! You can even order their stone baked pizzas to take-away! Booking is advised for their Sunday lunches in particular.
The Tin Shed Experience is a not for profit organisation that is run by the help of a small band of volunteers.
It started off as a 1940's museum and now is very quaint and quirky place to view wartime memorabilia . There is a small entrance fee for the museum., but donations are greatly appreciated to help and continuation to this project through for the coming years.