Thing to do on rainy days in West Wales

West Wales is a playground of natural splendour. It’s also a fantastic area for indoor explorations, from intimate galleries and preserved scenes of literary genius to museums dedicated to spoons and wool. 

  • The writing desk of Dylan Thomas inside his Boathouse
    Dylan Thomas' Boathouse in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire by RHYS DYFED ANTHONY

    This lovely little boathouse and the nearby writing shed are perched above the Taf estuary, just a short stroll from the village of Laugharne. This is where is the Welsh literary giant Dylan Thomas spent his last four years. It’s an oddly magical place, well worth visiting, whatever the weather.

  • The cafe within the National Wool Museum
    National Wool Museum, Carmarthenshire

    The National Wool Museum lets you get a feel for the production centre which once provided Wales's most widespread industry at this former mill with galleries and plenty of chances to try creating your own warm, woolly masterpiece. Historic, huge spinners and contraptions to untangle ancient yarns feature among an array of once-indispensable machines.

  • The interior of the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea
    National Waterfront Museum, Swansea by Delta Whiskey

    Known for its eye catching glass exterior, the National Waterfront Museum is based in a Grade II listed former warehouse, reflecting the dockside industry of which it tells some of the story. The Waterfront opened in 2005 and has been on the rise ever since. Look out for family fun weekends and special events here.

  • A man looking at the exhibits at Swansea Museum
    Swansea Museum, West Wales by Eiona Roberts

    A mighty Egyptian mummy, first seen in around 200 BC but brought to Swansea during the late 19th century, is a must see exhibit at Swansea Museum. There are also amazing archaeological finds from across the eras in the city – Roman artefacts and industrial mementos among them – alongside regularly changing exhibitions.

  • A grandmother with grandchildren in Oriel y Parc gallery in St Davids
    Oriel y Parc, Pembrokeshire

    Even though it’s Britain’s smallest city, there’s tons of stuff to do in St Davids. From visiting the splendid cathedral to enjoying the best locally sourced produce at Cwtch restaurant. Oriel Y Parc is another St David’s attraction, housing works of art from the National Museum of Wales, including a fine landscape gallery. It also offers guidance on places to visit along the 186 miles of National Trail walks when the weather brightens.

  • Frequent recipients of national praise and programmers for visiting performers from Edinburgh and beyond, Swansea's Little Theatre Company have been based in the maritime quarter for 30 years, having originally formed almost a century ago. Pay them a visit for edgy, thoughtful theatre and hot new theatrical talent.

  • Thomas the Woodcarver and his son making lovespoons at their workshop in Pembrokeshire
    The Lovespoon Workshop, Pembrokeshire by The Lovespoon Workshop

    The symbolism of lovespoons harks back to the 17th century, when these wooden carvings first became heartfelt tokens of hand-crafted affection with a certain ritualism alluding to our paths through life. Visit Thomas the Woodcarver – who originally made one in place of an engagement ring – in his Lovespoon Workshop in Pembrokeshire.

  • Couple standing on viewing balcony inside the Grand Theatre, Swansea

    Swansea Grand Theatre

    Big band tours, family theatre, comedy and music, all in front of a huge auditorium in a theatre first opened at the end of the 19th century. Inside a stylish, art deco building, the Grand Theatre is the place to see the Russian State Ballet and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

  • Inside of Plantasia in Swansea
    Plantasia, Swansea by Enjoy Swansea

    Plantasia is a huge adventure site, and its themed zones and mazes make it a particularly good place to take the kids. Its botanic and animal collections are as good as you’ll find anywhere, and the hothouse is a great place to find out all about the magic of plants.

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