Be enchanted by this unique, fairy-tale village on a Welsh coastal peninsula
Visitors arriving in Portmeirion for the first time could be forgiven for thinking that they had arrived in a typically colourful Italian-Mediterranean village. In fact, that was the intention of Portmeirion's designer; the renowned Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.
Beginning in 1925 and taking inspiration from the Italian holiday villages he loved visiting, William-Ellis set about recreating a post-modern Mediterranean-style village on his private estate located on the estuary of the River Dwyryd in in Gwynedd, North Wales. The architect's dream was finally realised in 1975 when, at the age of ninety, he declared that the village of Portmeirion was completed.
Now owned and managed by a charity; the Ymddiriedolaeth Clough Williams-Ellis Foundation, Portmeirion is a hugely popular destination and has appeared in many films and British television shows including Doctor Who, Danger Man, Cold Feet and, most famously, the surreal and iconic spy drama The Prisoner.
Today, Portmeirion remains true to its founder's vision, with the village capturing the spirit of the Mediterranean, its quirky and pastel-hued buildings delightful to explore. Visitors will find an eclectic mix of guest houses and holiday cottages, restaurants, gift shops amid the charming architecture, whilst other attractions include beautiful public gardens, a camera obscura and an artificial lighthouse which Clough Williams-Ellis dubbed 'the Round House.