The Dylan Thomas Centre sits on the banks of the River Tawe in Swansea’s Maritime Quarter.
Built in the 1830’s, the Centre was once Swansea’s Guildhall, and later a Technical College.
When Swansea was chosen to host the UK Year of Literature and Writing 1995, the opportunity was taken to refurbish this splendid old building (which had, sadly, fallen into direspair) as the National Literature Centre. Under its Welsh name Ty Llen – literally House of Literature – it was opened in 1995 by US President Jimmy Carter and the late Trevor Gordon Burtonshaw (Leader of the Council), as the major venue for Festival events.
The Centre was re-named the Dylan Thomas Centre in 1998 after the opening of ‘I in my Intricate Image’, an exhibition of the life and work of Dylan on permanent display.
The exhibition, based on the collection of local bookseller Jeff Towns repays lengthy examination and thus, the Dylan Thomas Centre is both starting and finishing point for the Swansea Trail.
There are a series of Dylan based trails available.