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Portmeirion Travel Guide: 34 reviews and 153 photos

Portmeirion is a beautiful, extraordinary village tucked away on the shores of the Dwyryd and Glaslyn Esturies in North Wales. With it's statues, gothic architecture, magnificent clock tower and stone cottages stonewashed in bright meditteranean colours; you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in the hills of Tuscany rather than a little Village in North Wales.

The work of art which is Portmeirion is owned by the registered charity, the Clough William Ellis foundation, named after the extremely talented Welsh Architect Sir William Clough Ellis who acquired the site in 1925 for something under £5,000 and created a masterpiece, his aim was to show how a naturally beautiful landscape could be developed without spoiling it. Clough Ellis wasted no time in changing the name from Aber Ia (meaning glacial estury) to Port Meirion (Port because of its' coastal location and Meirion which is Welsh for Merioneth).

Unlike any other places I know, you can only visit Portmeirion during visiting hours, unless you are lucky enough to be staying at one of the salubrious hotels in the village of course.

The Gardens in Portmeirion are out of this world. There are beautiful flowers everywhere and ornamental water features around every corner. There are lots of benches in the gardens for you to sit in awe and take in the wonder of the architecture surrounding you.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:None - it's a fantastic place.
  • Cons:The weather can sometimes be a bit iffy.
  • Last visit to Portmeirion: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated Sep 20, 2009
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  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2009 at 8:21 AM

    Nice page! I know of Portmeirion because of the television show "The Prisoner". It looks like a lovely place to visit! Cheers, Bill

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2009 at 2:40 AM

    I have heard and read about this place, and now seen your nice photos. It has always appealed, even more so now.

  • Balam's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2009 at 1:47 AM

    looks a lovely place


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