Mighty medieval castle, Tudor mansion and poet’s hideout
This is the ‘brown as owls’ castle beloved of Dylan Thomas, Laugharne’s most famous resident. He wrote Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog in the castle summerhouse perched above glorious views of the Taf estuary.
Here two giant medieval stone towers stand guard over the remains of a magnificent Tudor mansion, all set in 19th century ornamental gardens.
After centuries of conflict between Welsh and Anglo-Normans, Laugharne was rescued from near ruin by Elizabethan courtier Sir John Perrot. He turned the dilapidated 13th-century castle into a residence fit for a gentleman, including a grand hall whose gaping windows still stare out over the water.
But his rapid rise had made him many enemies – and even the rumour that he was really the queen’s half-brother couldn’t save him.
Convicted of high treason, Sir John died in the Tower of London in 1592 while awaiting execution. Some believe he was poisoned just as Elizabeth was about pardon him.
There is limited parking opposite the main castle entrance.
The main free parking area is about 300 metres/328 yards below the castle.
This car park is liable to flooding during high spring tides.
There is a slight incline from the car park and at the entrance to the monument. Once through the Gatehouse there is easy wheelchair/buggy access.
From the visitor centre, a small ramp leads to a level path and easy access around the site.
The only accessible tower is limited to walkers only.
Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.
On-site exhibition within monument.
Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.
Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.
Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.
Smoking is not permitted.
A portable induction loop is available.
Light refreshments are available.
This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.
Water refill station available at this site.
Postcode SA33 4SA
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.
Telephone 01994 427906
King St, Laugharne, Carmarthen SA33 4FA