Portmeirion Travel Guide

  • My memories of Portmeirion
    My memories of Portmeirion
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  • The village
    The village
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  • The beautiful gardens of Portmeirion
    The beautiful gardens of Portmeirion
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Portmeirion Things to Do

  • Dwyryd Estuary

    The Village is built to overlook the stunning estuary of the River Dwyryd. The estuary is noticeably long and sandy, making Portmeirion almost a beach resort. There's also an emerald green island sitting out in the sands of the estuary, although it might be risky to try and walk to it, due to the deadly quicksand.

  • Gothic Pavilion

    The Gothic Pavilion was gifted to Portmeirion from Nerquis Hall in Flintshire, the owners of which felt it was a wart on an otherwise beautiful facade. Sir Clough Williams-Ellis took pity on the unwanted structure, and had it rebuilt to front the piazza in the centre of the village. The ground in front of the Pavilion was used as the giant game of...

  • The Pantheon

    The Pantheon was a late addition to the Village. In the 1950s Sir Clough Williams-Ellis decided there weren't enough domes in Portmeirion, so he remedied this with the construction of the Pantheon. It's the closest Portmeirion has ever come to having a church, but Clough refused to turn it over to religious uses. He declared himself strictly...

  • Bristol Colonnade

    The Colonnade in Portmeirion is even older than the village itself. And no, it didn't sit all alone until the Village was built up around it. The clue to solving this mystery is in the name itself: Bristol Colonnade. It was originally built in that city in the 18th century, nearly a hundred years before the first brick of Portmeirion was laid. But...

  • Portmeirion Creator

    Clough Williams-Ellis built Portmeirion from 1925 to 1975 on a peninsula off the coast of Snowdonia. His italinate designed village and gardens was to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. Its quite an unusual place to visit and worthwhile seeking out this remote part of Wales.

  • Staying in Portmeirion

    Its possible to stay in the village - at a price though - many of the buildings are available for rent and just above the entrance is a castle hotel. Portmeirion also won the Wales Tourist Board's Best Place to Stay in Wales award - certainly unique don't you think.Accomodation:Hotel Portmeirion has 14 rooms in main building and 26 rooms and suites...

  • Purpose Built

    When we arrived at Portmeirion we had an hour to walk on the sandbar before it was too dangerous to do so (they recommend that you leave the sandbar three hours before high tide to avoid the quick sand). So, we walked around out on the sandbar for a while, then walked around in the gardens for a while. We found the playground and a couple of ponds....

  • Don't forget the beach

    With the village to keep you busy you may miss out on a walk on the beach - it's more of an estuary and it's huge - it's also a bit sinky in places.

  • Walking

    Grab a leaflet and walk one of the suggested routes through the surrounding woodland. There is a brilliant collection of plants and some are labelled for information - some really old Rhodedendrons and some more unusual plants like Ginko Biloba. There's also the pets cemetry and ghost garden. We tried to follow the leaflet map but must admit to...

  • The Bell Tower

    The Bell Tower was intended to be the centre-piece of the village - a high profile building that would alert people to what was happening in the Village. As Sir Clough Williams-Ellis said of the Bell Tower: "It was imperative that I should open my performance with a dramatic gesture of some sort."The Bell Tower also rescued a piece of a building...

  • Bridge House

    Like much of Portmeirion, the Bridge House offers an illusion. Its tapering walls makes the house seem bigger than it is. The bridge is the gateway to the Village, and passing through it brings you from the ordinary, the car park, to the extraordinary, the eccentric Italianate village crammed onto a Welsh hillside.

  • The Piazza

    Originally a tennis court, the area at the centre of the village was turned into a serene piazza. It's overlooked by the Gloriette, whose columns and arches resemble its namesake at Schonbrunn palace in Vienna. This, like much of Portmeirion, is a fraud. The trompe d'oeil windows are flanked by two-dimensional cardboard cherub statues. It's not a...

  • Explore the woods around Portmeirion

    Portmeirion is surrounded by fantastic woodlands where you can follow the waymarked trails and enjoy the natural beauty this area has on offer. On entering Portmeirion Village you will be given a map of the area which also includes a map of the woodland walks which take you past some ornate fishponds with japenese bridges & Gazebo's. The climate is...

  • Walk along the Coastal Path

    There is a lovely coastal path at the foot of the village which goes past the Portmeirion Hotel, a model of a stone boat then towards the observatory tower on the headland. There are lots of pretty floral displays along the way together and plenty of benches if you fancy a rest or are looking for somewhere to eat your picnic.

  • Take in the views

    Portmeirion has been created on a cliff top overlooking the Dwyryd Estury. There are several viewpoints around the village where you can soak up the fantastic, breathtaking scenery.

  • Admire the beautiful buildings

    Portmeirion is one of North Wales' popular tourist attractions. The Village is privately owned and run by a charitable trust. Visitors are only allowed to visit the Village during the day unless they are lucky enough to be staying in one of the charming cottages or the waterfront Portmeirion Hotel.The buildings in Portmeirion are similar to those...

  • Colonade

    The Colonnade was built about 1760 and formerly stood before a bathhouse in Bristol, England. It was falling into decay when the structure was relocated to Portmeirion. Several hundred tons of delicate masonry were disassembled and transported to Portmeirion with every stone numbered, and replaced according to precise measurements.

  • Dog Cemetry

    A strange eerie place in the gardens (before it descends to the lakes) is this dog cemetry. This pet cemetry was established by one of Portmeirion’s eccentric tenants, Mrs Adelaide Haig, who lived in the mansion from 1870 until her death in 1917. She preferred the company of dogs to human beings and thus remembered them here.

  • Coastal Path

    Potmeirion lies just south east of the town of Porthmadog on its own private peninsula. There is a lovely coastal path than can be walked but beware do not go onto the estuary 2 hours before next tide - the sea comes in rapidly and can be dangerous. Tremadoc Bay, and the larger Cardigan Bay can be seen. The River Dwyryd passes by Portmeirion,...

  • Chinese Garden

    On a terrace path above the village is a Japenese garden with bridge and pagoda temple - a really pretty place for a stroll - and of course ideal place for reflections :-) It came about in the 1960's when Clough marked out areas in the Gwyllt which he would like made into ponds or lakes. His daughter Susan supervised the landscaping of these lakes...

  • Portmeirion Village Buildings

    The village was created gradually and several buildings were rescued from those falling into decay, indeed the village was known as the "Home for Fallen Buildings" - such as the colonade - see later tip for details. The Unicorn Cottage is a minature of a stately Chatsworth home - elongated windows, long pillars, and an undersized gate make the...


Portmeirion Hotels

  • Hotel Portmeirion

    The first question to ask when you book is...am I actually staying at this hotel? No, it doesn't...

  • Castell Deudraeth

    Portmeirion, Wales, United Kingdom

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    Castell Deudraeth: A touch of Class

    by Myfanwe Written Sep 20, 2009

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    Castell Deudraeth (pronounced 'Die drath') opened in 2001 following a complete renovation of the Victorian building and restoration of its gardens. It is an early Victorian castellated mansion built by David Williams, the first Liberal MP for Merioneth. Clough Williams-Ellis purchased the building and its grounds in 1931 in order to expand the Portmeirion estate and to give him a proper driveway from the main road. He used it as a hotel in the 1930s, then it became a prep school and at one time was made into exclusive apartments for the likes of the Oppenheimer family. It is a grade II listed building and was created using the building styles from the Gothic and Tudor periods used create an impressive example of Victorian architecture. Clough referred to the Castell as “the largest and most imposing single building on the Portmeirion estate”.

    Nowadays Castell Deudraeth provides exclusive accomodation, meeting rooms and also a Gastropub serving locally produced food. The brasserie comprises a conservatory dining room with local riven slate floor and the estuary facing dining room with leather covered banquettes and Welsh oak flooring. There are also seven tables on the garden terrace with patio heaters when necessary. Many wines are available by the glass from the reasonably priced wine list including Portmeirion’s own label Champagne.

    The Gastropub menu looks absolutely fantastic, it is a bit pricey but definitely somewhere to go on a special occasion.

    If you order two courses (per person) from the menu at Castell Deudraeth you are entitled to free admission to Portmeirion Village.... sounds good to me!!

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Portmeirion Transportation

  • Steam Train

    You can ride the Ffestioniog narrow-gauge railway from nearby Porthmadog, crossing the historic Cob. If you are staying on the other side of Snowdonia, you can even take the train all the way from Blaenau Ffestiniog deep in the mountains. The ride from Blaenau Ffestiniog, through Snowdonia National Park, is stunning and shouldn't be missed.To get...


    It certainly looks inviting doesn't it? Moored just outside the hotel, on the edge of the beautiful bay you come across the 'Amis Reunis'. Keen to enquire about her availbiilty for a fishing trip or a coastline cruise you hop aboard only to find that her cabin is unmanned. What kind of Marie Celeste vessel is this?Well actually, it's the same one...

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Portmeirion Local Customs

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    by themajor Updated Jun 22, 2005

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    Well, you could be forgiven for thinking that the photograph accompanying this tip is somewhat, 'er, odd. I mean, what have we here? Four adults, three dressed not unlike lab technicians on a works outing and the fourth wearing a natty blazer that may or may not have come from the local Oxfam shop. And what are they doing? They have obviously splashed out on two oversized beachballs so bereft of colour and design - ie plain white - that any self-respecting end of the pier salesman caught stocking one would have thrown himself into the briny at the very shame of it.

    But of course you would be WRONG!

    What we have here ladies and gentlemen is a group of British eccentrics, so infatuated with the cult 1960s TV series 'The Prisoner' that they have taken to dressing up as members of the cast. For lab technicians read 'evil brainwashing scientists', for jaunty cricketer read 'ruggedly ethical British ex-agent', and for white beachball read 'ingenious radio controlled gaseous bubble capable of catching, cornering and suffocating at the behest of it's villainous masters'. For lovely sandy bay at the foot of the village read 'lovely sandy bay at the foot of the village'.

    PS You can buy the rather fetching jackets in the village shop. Bring your own beach balls.

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Portmeirion Off The Beaten Path

  • Pet Cemetery

    This was created by one of Portmeirions more eccentric residents who (it is said) preferred the company of her many dogs to that of humans.Situated in the woodlands aound the village this is a peaceful place and its lovely to read some of the message left for passed pets.

  • Plas Brondanw

    Clough Williams-Ellis lived not far from Portmeirion, at his home at Plas Brondanw. This garden can also be visited although we were a bit disappointed with it - seemed a bit neglected and small, rather overpriced for its £3 entry price (money to be left in an honesty box at the gate). The money goes towards upkeep of the gardens - its needed!. The...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Portmeirion Favorites

  • When to Visit

    Try and get here before 12.00 - thats when the coach parties usually start to arrive.Plus in winter if you follow this web link you can fill in your details print it off and get free admission in the winter season (1st Nov - 31st March). Normal admission price is £6.50 per adult.

  • The Prisoner

    Between 1966-67 the village of Portmeirion was used as a film set for a cult TV series called the Prisoner, starring Patrick McGoohan who played the lead role of Number Six. This popular programme now has a cult fan clun - the six of One appreciation and our spring visit just happened to co-incide with their annual convention so amidst the sunshine...

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