History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
It is difficult to categorize Portmeiron - it is an experience! Clough Williams-Ellis created a fantasy village incorporating elements of Italian and Gothic design set in 85 acres of beautiful woodland gardens overlooking a harbour.
Clough was a fascinating and eccentric character, a tireless campaigner for preservation of natural heritage, president of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales for 20 years and a founding member of the Council for the Protection of Rural England. He leant his influence to the campaign to establish national parks in England and Wales, and actually drew up the boundaries of Snowdonia National Park.
At the centre of the village is the Central Piazza, with a Gothic Pavilion at one end and the Gloriette at the other. Statues of Hercules and the goddess Friga overlook the piazza and add to the Italianate flavour of the scene.
Portmeirion became famous as the setting for the 1960s TV series, The Prisoner, starring Patrick McGoohan. All 17 of the series episodes were filmed in Portmeirion, and viewers of the series will immediately recognise many of the locations. There is an AV presentation on the development of the village, and cottages are rented as holiday homes. The internationally known Portmeirion Pottery, created by Sir Williams-Ellis' daughter, is sold in the village.
The village is surrounded by woodland gardens, with walks along the coastline and through the woods, with towering pines, sycamore, redwoods, and fir trees. There are lush displays in the Edwardian garden, with colourful Rhododendron, Azalea and Camellias in season.
Address: Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales, LL48 6ER
Attraction Type: Village
Location: Off the A487
Phone: 01766 770000
OS: SH590 371
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Deudraeth Castle - 0.1 miles (Castle)
Llanfihangel-y-Traethau Carved Stone - 1.3 miles (Historic Church)
Wern Manor Gardens - 3.4 miles (Garden)
Llyn Eiddew Bach III Stone Circle - 3.6 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Plas Brondanw Gardens - 3.6 miles (Garden)
Bryn Cader Faner Cairn Circle - 3.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Harlech Castle - 3.7 miles (Castle)
Plas Tan-Y-Bwlch Gardens - 4.6 miles (Garden)
Nearest Accommodation to Portmeirion:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')