Portmeirion is a little village in North Wales, it was designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975. He wanted to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it and I would agree that he definitely achieved his goal.
The name Portmeirion comes from ‘Port’ to put it on the coast and ‘Meirion’ the correct spelling of Merioneth, the county in which it was located.
I had no clue what so ever that this place even existed, so it was a very nice surprise from Dom as I didn’t know what to expect. Its safe to say that it most definitely will exceed your expectations if you decide to go, no wonder why it is one of Wales’ premier visitor attractions with approximately 225,000 visitors every year.
The unique village is also very famous for being the filming location for iconic 1960’s TV show ‘The Prisoner’ which was influential at the time not only in the UK and USA but also in France, Australia and many other countries. Even The Beatles were fans.
Portmeirion is definitely a treat. At every turn there was something to see, discover and capture. There is definitely something magical about this place, although we went on a rainy day; the weather didn’t stop us from exploring the village. I definitely plan on going back on a hotter day to see if my experience will be somewhat different.
You will undoubtedly notice the incredibly eclectic mixture of architectural styles and cultural references which will make you feel like you’re in the Mediterranean somewhere which is definitely the vibe they were going for.
But no – it’s in Wales
- You can stay in the village overnight
- They have a couple restaurants
- It’s open every day of the year from 9.30am to 7.30pm
- Its free for children under the age of 5
- Its cheaper to buy tickets online – here Adults 16+: £11 (full price £12) Concession: (over 60) £9 (full price £10) Children: £7 (full price £8)
- No dogs allowed except guide dogs
- Free parking