Travel by train to Portmeirion
This North Wales masterpiece was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the 1900s, based on an unnamed fishing village on the Italian Riviera. Portmeirion is often described as beautifully romantic with a charmingly Mediterranean atmosphere. Depart our train at Minfordd to enjoy the topiary hedging, fountains and water features, and pastel washed walls line the pavier pathways with the peaceful tranquillity continuing throughout the village.
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Must see At Portmeirion:
- The Central Piazza - Portmeirion's architect, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, was an avid environmentalist who wanted to create a beautiful private village and no where is that more in the central piazza. With its Riviera inspired houses and ornamental garden, this is a great place to take stunning pictures or just relax and take in the surroundings.
- Hotel Portmeirion - This hotel was opened in 1926 and boasts amazing views of the Dwyryd Estuary and has a fine-dining restaurant, a bar and terrace and lots of nice lounges all beautifully ornate in Williams-Ellis style.
- Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways - Why not try out the steam train, take a trip into the heart of Snowdonia. Alternatively, take the short but scenic hop to Porthmadog, perhaps continuing north to Caernarfon via the Welsh Highland Railway.
A weekend in Portmeirion
You can stay in Castell Deudraeth located just outside the village but within the Portmeirion estate. The mansion was originally the home of an early Victorian MP, but has since been renovated into this stylish hotel. Then take a stroll in the grounds and try and spot all the filming locations for the TV series 'The Prisoner' while taking in the incredible architecture.
Be sure to pick up some Portmeirion Pottery when you're there too. Williams-Ellis’ daughter Susan was selling her ceramics in Portmeirion when she took over a Stoke-on-Trent pottery and named it after the village. If you go in December time you'll also be able to enjoy the Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair. It celebrates Welsh products and produce. You can enjoy live music, cookery demonstrations, workshops and a magical Christmas Grotto provides add-on entertainment.