Portmeirion: Visiting “The Village”


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Portmeirion in the North of Wales is a beautiful Italian-styled vacation/tourist village.  It was the brain-child of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and captures the feel of the Mediterranean in Snowdonia.

There is a hotel, and several unique holiday rentals in the village.  The complex has a restaurant, shop, and cafes and provides wonderful views of the bay, as well as gardens, and terrific architecture.

There are multiple “follies” and tucked away statues to discover. Whether it is Atlas with the globe upon his shoulders, or the Buddha tranquilly contemplating the truths of the universe, they are there for you to uncover.


Portmeirion is not so large that it can’t be taken in on a day trip, nor so small that one would come to a loss for things to do or explore.  Among the points for spotting are the areas of the village linked to the television series The Prisoner, which Portmeirion provided the set. It also featured in Dr Who episodes set in Renaissance Italy. Can you find the abode of Number 6, or the venue where The Doctor met Count Federico?

We made a long day of our visit, buying a day ticket and exploring throughout the afternoon.  There are ample paths, and most are suitable for small mobility scooters, and pushchairs.  Art and natural beauty came together, and we had a really enjoyable day finding the various themes and connections that make Portmeirion a coherent village setting.

For information about fees, or reservations for accommodation check this site.


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