A Tour of Dylan's Uplands
Dylan's immediate surroundings, the area known as the 'Uplands' is a hot bed of sites with a connection to the man who referred to himself as the 'Rimbaud of Cwmdonkin Drive.'
'World within the world' - Uplands Tour
Priced per person at
£18.00 (tours only)
£24.00 (with tea & Welsh cakes)
£35.00 (with hot fork buffet lunch / available to groups of 10+)
Take a look at the itinerary below
- Arrive at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive the birthplace of Wales most celebrated poet where visitors shall receive a warm welcome and a word on what’s in store.
- We shall follow in Dylan’s footsteps, walking through the Uplands - we’ll pass Dylan's first school at 22 Mirador Crescent ‘so firm and kind and smelling of galoshes’ and into the main street which once had lots of local shops for all your day to day needs, including the Uplands Hotel (Dylan and his father DJ's watering hole), and Mrs Ferguson’s sweet shop where Dylan stole sweets as a boy. We’ll enter the Grove where once stood the ‘flea-pit’ picture house that fuelled Dylan’s love of film, see the site of where his first broadcasts were made and where the author Kingsley Amis once lived. We’ll then enter Cwmdonkin Park - Dylan's 'world within a world’ the famed setting of his poem ‘Hunchback in the Park’- before returning to the Birthplace.
- Tour the house where Dylan was born and lived for 23 years with his family, writing two-thirds of the material that would be used in his published work from the safe haven of his tiny bedroom. The house has been rescued from semi dereliction and restored to its condition as a new house when bought by the Thomas family in 1914 a few months before Dylan was born in the front bedroom.
What’s in Florrie’s pantry? - OPTIONAL
Dylan's Mam Florrie loved providing food for Dylan and his friends. Our buffet lunches and teas at the Birthplace uses local produce to give our visitors a true ‘taste of Wales.
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