Welcome to Portmeirion

Guide to Portmeirion, Wales
“I'll go and see anything so long as it amuses me, or moves me” - Noel Coward

Building a fantastical Italianate village on a gorse-clad cliff in North Wales takes both nerve and vision. Clearly, Clough Williams-Ellis, the architect who began the lifelong project of creating Portmeirion in 1925, possessed both.

Initially a forested wilderness surrounding a derelict cliff-edge mansion, almost 90 years later, the village is a magical place out of time, a geographic and visual amuse-bouche that still delights.

Its pastel, Romanesque houses and trompe l'oeil murals lead down through Mediterranean gardens to reveal sudden vistas across the sweeping bay from porticoed balconies, whilst tiny birds flutter like petals onto flights of marble steps.

Paths through the storybook woods pass by ponds thronged with dragonflies, down to wide, empty beaches bordered by pines and caves. In the village, where the 1960s cult series The Prisoner was filmed, visitors share pale green and pink ice creams at little outdoor tables, or wander down to the beautiful Art Deco Portmeirion hotel for sunset drinks on the terrace. Perhaps it's not surprising that Noel Coward was moved to write Blithe Spirit here, or that the mystical Festival Number 6 is now a music calendar fixture.

Portmeirion is both hallucination and inspiration, a place that's playful and peaceful in equal measure. Sheep roam on the beach, an abandoned lighthouse stands sentinel over the harbour, and somewhere in the far distance, real life waits for visitors to return.




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See

Ffestiniog Railway

"The engines gleam, and to see a plume of white steam rising above the treetops as the train nears is a childhood thrill that never dies..." more
Harbour Station Porthmadog LL49 9NF Gwynedd 01766 516000 Porthmadog or Blaenau Ffestiniog

A WALK THROUGH GWYLLT WOODS

"Twisting trees, hanging blossoms and vast billows of rhodedendhrons..." more
Minffordd Penrhyndeudraeth LL48 6ER Gwynedd 01766 770000

A DAY IN PORTMEIRION VILLAGE

"Slanting sunlight gilds the roofs and makes the houses glow with colour..." more
Minffordd Penrhyndeudraeth LL48 6ER Gwynedd 01766 770000

Eat

THE HOTEL PORTMERION

Portmeirion, Minffordd Penrhyndeudraeth LL48 6ER Gwynedd

CASTELL DEUDRAETH

"The menu offers good quality, modern brasserie dishes..." more
Portmeirion Minffordd Penrhyndeudraeth LL48 6ER Gwynedd 01766 770000

Plas Bodegroes

"At £45 for an appetiser and three courses, it represents astonishingly good value for such memorable food..." more
Plas Bodegroes, Pwllheli LL53 5TH Gwynedd 01758 612363



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Sleep

Portmeirion Village Cottages

"Perhaps the best way to experience Portmeirion is to stay in the village itself..." more
Minffordd Penrhyndeudraeth LL48 6ER Gwynedd 01766 770000 The Ffestioniog Railway stops at the nearby Minffordd station.

Hotel Portmeirion

"For those whose idea of heaven is an Agatha Christie adaptation without the body count, this is the perfect retreat..." more
Minffordd Penrhyndeudraeth LL48 6ER Gwynedd 01766 770000 Ffestiniog Railway stops at the nearby Minffordd station, and Portmeirion staff can drive you into the village.

Hotel Castell Deudraeth

"The largest and most imposing single building on the Portmeirion estate..." more
Minffordd Penrhyndeudraeth LL48 6ER Gwynedd 01766 770000 The Ffestioniog Railway stops at nearby Minffordd station and the Portmeirion staff are happy to drive you into the village.



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