Possibly becoming now more famous for Festival No 6 than The Prisoner, the cult 60’s TV programme which was filmed here, Portmeirion, in North Wales, is one of those places we always return to, when we want to escape for a little while. It’s magical – and if you’ve never been, you must go, as you are missing out on a real treat.
The official website tells us that Portmeirion was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976. He wanted to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. The “village” – although in reality, it’s more of a small town – is very reminiscent of Italian towns. There is a central Piazza, surrounded by Riviera inspired houses, an ornamental garden and a campanile. When wandering through the village, keep your eyes peeled – everywhere you look there is something of interest. Statues hidden in nooks and crannies, or high above you. Intricate and ornate corbels. Pastel coloured houses. Fountains. And then, down to the quayside – another place to explore. A tiny lighthouse. A canon. Amazing views over the bay…
The Gwyllt is an area of woodland, an Edwardian wild garden designed by Caton Haigh, full of exotic plants and trees, brooks and bridges and follies.
Located just outside the village, but within the Portmeirion estate, is the beautiful Castell Deudraeth, once the home of a Victorian MP, now a boutique hotel offering 11 fabulous contemporary styled rooms, two main dining areas and a stunning Victorian walled garden. Self catering cottages are also available to hire, within the village.
Portmeirion is 1 ½ miles south of Porthmadog signposted from the main road at Minffordd. Hours of opening are 9.30am – 7.30pm.
Full price adult £8 – online price £7
Full price concession* £7 – online price £6 (*concession = full time student, adult)60+