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The Dylan Thomas Trail

in New Quay

Many photographs of New Quay have survived thanks to the work of local photographers specialising in post cards. Some of these are Charles H. Dierks and Shirley Brooks. They had premises at 9 George Street in New Quay and at 19 Alban Square Aberaeron around 1910. Another local photographer was Tom Desmond of Priory Street Cardigan.
George Street

Trail marker 1

The Trail starts at the former New Quay Tourist Office - now a cafe. This modern building is built on the site of a former Lime Kiln.

London House

London House

London House - near the Pier, was once the home and shop of Dylan Thomas' friend Norman Evans. He was thought to be the inspiration for 'Under Milk Wood's' 'Nogood Boyo'. Now it is 'The Corner Shop' and New Quay Post Office.

The Dolau

Trail marker 2

Just up Church Street from the pier is the pub called the Dolau Inn. This was the favourite pub of Caitlin, Dylan's wife. The actors Richard Burton and Paul Schofield also drank here when visiting New Quay. The pub has now closed and is being converted to accommodation by Brains Brewery.


Trail marker 3

The building that now houses the public toilets was once the old lifeboat station. Retired sea captains would meet here daily to gossip and it became known as Cnwc y Glap.

Blue Bell

The Blue Bell today

This building was once owned by 'Auntie Cat' from Under Milk Wood. This property has recently been renovated and is now a wine bar and bistro. This property has been converted from a pub to a wine bar and bistro.

Blue Bell

The Blue Bell in 1954

This was how the Blue Bell looked in Dylan Thomas' time in New Quay. The image is taken from the film 'The Constant Husband' starring Rex Harrison and filmed in 1954. It is now much changed, as is the old New Quay Hotel in the background - now converted into apartments and retail outlets

Hungry Trout

Trail marker 4

The 'Hungry Trout' Restaurant has now closed down and is under renovation. It used to be the post office where Dylan Thomas posted his scripts to London. This is presently no longer a restaurant but is in the process of renovation.

Black Lion

Trail marker 5

The Black Lion Hotel was Dylan's favourite and was owned by his friend Jack Pat (Patrick). Gomer House across the road was the home of Captain Tom Polly, Dylan's inspiration for Captain Cat.

George Street

Trail marker 6

The Sea Horse used to be known as the 'Commercial'. Prior to that it was known as the Sailor's Home Arms - providing the name for 'Under Milk Wood's 'Sailor's Arms. This summer the road closure barriers for Glanmor Terrace are outsie the Sea Horse.

Church Street

Towyn Chapel

Across the car park from the Sea Horse can be seen the Towyn Chapel. The Minister here in Dylan's time was Orchwy Bowen - both a Poet and a Preacher as was Eli Jenkins in 'Under Milk Wood'. Opposite the Chapel is the New Quay Memorial Hall, known in 'Under Milk Wood' as the 'Welfare Hall'.


Trail marker 7

Wendowel' is on the left along Towyn Road past the Chapel. It was once the home of Elizabeth Williams and Theodosia Legg, Dylan's Aunt and Cousin. He often stayed here with them in the 1930's.


The Costcutter

The 'Costcutter' shop is on the site of the bakery once run by Mr. John - 'Dai Bread'. There is no suggestion that Mr. John had two wives!

Manchester House

Trail marker 8

Manchester House was once a drapers similar to that run by Mog Edwards in Llareggub. This shop has been through many changes. Today it is gin shop.

Brongwyn Lane

Brongwyn Lane

Brongwyn Lane once ran round the coast from New Quay to Dylan's home 'Majoda'. However, much of the coast here - including Maesgwyn Farm - mentioned at the beginning of 'Under Milk Wood', has been washed away.

Llanina Mansion

Trail marker 10

The Llanina Mansion - Plas Llanina has been restored having almost fallen into ruin since Dylan's time here. It was once owned by Lord Howard de Walden - a patron of Dylan Thomas. Dylan wrote in the 'Apple House' at the end of the garden - sadly now dilapidated.


Trail Marker 11

Dylan lived in the bungalow called 'Majoda' from September 1944 to July 1945. Here he wrote many poems and scripts including 'Quite early one morning'. He also started 'under Milk Wood' while living here. The original house has been replaced by a more modern bungalow.

Majoda reimagined

Majoda recreated

For the film 'The edge of love, Majoda was re-created on a film set in the nearby 'Charlie's Field'. The film features Matthew Rhys, Keira Knightly and Sienna Miller, and includes the shooting incident with William Killick.


Trail Marker 12

Ffynnonfeddyg' is close to 'Majoda'. It was once the home of Dylan's friend's Vera and William Killick. After an argument, Killick was involved in a shooting incident at 'Majoda'although found not guilty' The present Spanish style house is much changed and is now a guesthouse.


The Edge of Love

Matthew Rhys and Keira Knightley starred as Dylan and Caitlin Thomas in the 2008 film 'The Edge of Love', filmed on location in New Quay.

Apple House

The Apple House

Dylan Thomas often wrote in the Apple House in the garden of Llanina Mansion when it was owned by Lord Howard de Walden. Regrettably, it has now become a ruin.


Nant y Gido
New Quay
Ceredigion SA45 9TR


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