We live and work in New Quay and love it here so we feel well qualified to say that it’s a very special place to visit. With family links going back to 18th century New Quay, both Samantha and her husband are steeped in its history, culture and language. The village began life as a shipbuilding centre and grew in importance as a port in the nineteenth century. Samantha's father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all master mariners, and books and artefacts in the writing studio reflect this maritime heritage. Now more of a fishing village, there are plenty of boat trips round the bay to spot seals and dolphins and even to catch your own bass.

New Quay is ideally suited to exploring the area on foot along the coastal path heading south to Pembrokeshire or north to Ceredigion (New Quay is just north of the Pembrokeshire border). You can also ramble inland with a range of coastal circular walks. The National Trust property in Llanerchaeron with its estate and walled garden is well worth a visit, as is the nearby town of Aberaeron with its colourful square and lovely harbours. Both Aberaeron and New Quay are good places to learn more about Dylan Thomas by following in his footsteps around each town using the blue plaques as a guide. Further afield the gardens of Aberglasney and the National Botanic Garden of Wales are great places for a day out.

Our top five things to do

  • walk the Dylan Thomas trail in New Quay

  • spot the dolphins, not only from the end of the pier but from the windows of Y Stabl

  • try out one of Tim’s fish dishes at The Hungry Trout

  • head to the National Wool Museum in Drefach Felindre to buy blankets

  • visit the Honey Farm just outside New Quay