Top Dylan Thomas spots in Swansea Follow in the footsteps of Swansea’s most famous export. Jo Furber, literature officer at the Dylan Thomas Centre, shows us where to explore the writer’s life and times. The Dylan Thomas Centre Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea The permanent exhibition, ‘Man and Myth’, includes worksheets, recordings, artwork and even the suit Dylan wore in New York in 1953, the year he died. There are regular events and the centre is the hub of the annual Dylan Thomas Festival that takes place each year from 27 October to 9 November, his birthday and the day he died respectively. The Maritime Quarter Swansea Maritime Quarter by JenniKate Wallace See Robert Thomas’s statue of Captain Cat (the fictional blind sea captain from the radio drama ‘Under Milk Wood’) and wander into Dylan Thomas square to view a statue of the man himself. His knee is shiny, where fans have sat on it to pose for a photo. There are plenty of other attractions in the vicinity, including Dylan’s old stomping ground, the Queen’s Hotel. Cwmdonkin Drive and Cwmdonkin Park Dylan Thomas memorial in Cwmdonkin Park, Swansea First, visit Dylan’s birthplace in the Uplands suburb of Swansea. Number 5 Cwmdonkin Drive has been restored to its condition in 1914 when it was bought as a new house by the Thomas family. Enjoy a guided tour, have dinner in the family dining room or even stay for the night. Then head to the park that inspired some of his most famous work, such as ‘The Hunchback in the Park’. Find the memorial stone carved with the last three lines of ‘Fern Hill’. Mumbles Mumbles, Swansea by jinxsi1960 Mumbles is firmly on the Dylan trail, being the first of many coastal villages the writer visited and enjoyed. He regularly came here to rehearse with the local amateur dramatics group, the Swansea Little Theatre, and enjoy the delights of the nearby pubs in Oystermouth Square. One of his favourites, The Antelope is still much as it was when Dylan propped up the bar. Gower The Gower Way by alexinatempa Dylan often walked the Gower cliffs, “taking my devils for an airing” as he put it. Two of his best loved short stories, ‘Extraordinary Little Cough’ and ‘Who Do You Wish Was With Us?’ are set at beautiful Rhossili. As a young boy Dylan would take a bus and camp with friends and once or twice he may even have walked the whole way across the common from the Uplands. Search for accommodation in Swansea Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items 5 top Llandudno walks The best of the local walking trails as chosen by Conwy Council’s Access Warden Sian Williams. Llandudno bird watching Where’s best to spot the local birdlife? Birding expert Robin Sandham knows just where. Things to do in Swansea Victoria Trott, author of Thomas Cook Pocket Guide Swansea, tells us what not to miss. North Gower walking views Enjoy a stunningly beautiful 8-mile Gower Coast trail, following a section of the Wales Coast Path. Historic coastal walk A walk in the footsteps of Wales’ most important saints along some of its most impressive coastline. Christmas in the Beacons Our pick of 10 of the best ways to enjoy Christmas in the Brecon Beacons. 10 romantic ruins Discover abbeys and castles that inspired JMW Turner, William Wordsworth and Dylan Thomas. 10 gardens in North Wales North Wales is famous for its gardens, from landscaped lawns to exotic flora. Here are few to visit. Llandudno foodie moments Feeling peckish? Local food champion Denise Baker-McClearn picks her top tasty local treats.