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The official Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of NYC's Greenwich Village

Get the true facts about the legendary Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and his colorful life in New York City.

Dylan Thomas

His most famous work, Under Milk Wood was completed and originally performed in the City, where he also originated "spoken word" recording, cutting the first spoken LP in history here.

The Dylan Thomas Walking Tour, guided by Ianto Roberts will take you to the Village places where the legendary Welsh poet stayed, ate, drank, worked and performed, and to where he finally died, while giving you a feel for The Village in the 1950s and a taste of the City's history.

In this 2 hour walking tour, you will walk where Dylan once trod. Among some of the highlights will be:  

  • St. Luke in the Fields, located on Hudson Street built in 1822, it was then on the banks of the river and backed by farmland. The first warden Clement Clarke Moore wrote "Twas the Night before Christmas", which is thought to have inspired Dylan's "Child's Christmas in Wales". The church was the site of his New York Funeral, an event packed with over 400, including E.E. Cummings, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Edith Sitwell and Wynford Vaughn Thomas.
  • The "Musical Village", where Dylan found the company of great writers. Minetta Lane of the speakeasies, the MacDougal Street of namesake Bob Dylan's first professional gig at Cafe Wha and the two blocks of Bleecker Street where Baby Boomer music legends began. Kenny's Castaways, The Back Fence, The Bitter End and the former Village Gate. 
  • Washington Square Park, "very beautiful" Dylan wrote to his parents. Surrounded by the campus of the largest university population in America, NYU, with a potter's field under foot, the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist fire site to the East, Stamford White's great Arch marking the start of Fifth Avenue to the North, we will find on it's Western side across from Dylan's hotel, the city's oldest tree, Hangman's Elm. It began to grow when European explorers first set foot here.
  • Patchin Place, where Dylan often visited poet E.E. Cummings  who lived at #5. Built for laborers working on the Brevort Hotel in the 1850s,  the short row of bijou houses became the haunt of great writers - Poet Laureate John Mansfield, , Theodore Dreiser,  William Brinkley and Cummings.  A historic gated cul-de-sac, Patchin Place looks out on Jefferson Market, once voted one of the ten most beautiful buildings in America.
  • The White Horse Tavern, an 1880's drinking hole for longshoremen with ships tied up nearby that reminded Dylan of his native Swansea dockland.  "....out in the hooting bay". A writer's haunt since the 1950s and place of pilgrimage for Dylan devotees, it looks like it is still furnished as Dylan last saw it.

This is the Official Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of York,  a collaboration of the Welsh Assembly Government in New York and the family of Dylan Thomas.  

  1. In Memoriam
  2.  Of Dylan's Daughter Aeronwy who confirmed
  3. the research and walked out the tour

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Though we will be on the move from one area to the next, you'll have ample time to stop and take pictures in each area where we visit.

  • When: Recurring daily all year
  • Time: 11:00 AM Check current schedule
  • Duration: Approximately 2 hours
  • Cost: $40.00 per ticket
  • Weather: Tour takes place rain or shine
  • Dress: Wear comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Group Size: The tour is typically limited to 16 people in order to keep it a somewhat intimate experience.

What Is Not Included?
Gratuities for your tour guide, although not required, are always appreciated.

Meeting Location:  (Greenwich Village in lower Manhattan, NYC)
(Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

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