Designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1976, Portmeirion is located in Gwynedd, North Wales - but its charming architecture is like something out of the Italian Riviera. Often described as both beautiful and romantic, it’s the perfect day out or weekend away, whether it’s just the two of you or the whole family.


Travel to Portmeirion with Transport for Wales

Portmeirion is easily reached by train. It’s just a one mile walk from Minffordd railway station on the Cambrian line (Aberystwyth/Pwhelli – Shrewsbury). 

Why not start as you mean to go on and get to Portmeirion the scenic way? Spend your time in the village relaxing and taking in the sights, not finding a parking space. 

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Things to do in Portmeirion

Looking for inspiration? We’ve included some of our favourite tourist attractions to help you out. 

  • The Central Piazza - Portmeirion's architect, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis was an avid environmentalist who wanted to create an idyllic village without spoiling its surroundings. His Baroque style is emphasised through the Central Piazza. With Italianate-inspired buildings, houses and ornamental gardens, this is a great place to explore and take pictures, or just relax and take in the beautiful surroundings.

  • Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair - This celebrates some of the finest Welsh products and food and drink. Enjoy live music, cookery demonstrations, workshops and the magical Christmas Grotto - well worth a visit if you’re at the fair with children.

  • The Gwyllt - Stretch your legs and experience the great outdoors. The Gwylt boasts 70 acres of woodland which is home to some of Britain's largest trees, secret gardens, rare flowers and so much more. It’s the perfect place if you’re looking to take in some of Wales’ natural beauty.

  • Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways - Why not take the steam train to the heart of Eryri? Alternatively, you can take the short but scenic route to Porthmadog, perhaps continuing north to Caernarfon via the Welsh Highland Railway.

Learn more about what you can see and do in and around Portmeirion.


Spend a weekend in Portmeirion 

  • Hotel Portmeirion - This stunning hotel was opened in 1926 and boasts lovely views of the Dwyryd Estuary. Inside you’ll find a fine-dining restaurant, bar and terrace, alongside lots of nice lounges decorated in the Williams-Ellis style.

  • Castell Deudraeth - Located just outside the village, this mansion was originally the home of an early Victorian MP but has since been renovated into a stylish hotel. Take a stroll in the grounds and take in the incredible architecture. If you’re a fan, you might be able to spot all the filming locations for the TV series 'The Prisoner'.

Find out more about the different types of accommodation you can find in Portmeirion.


Feeling inspired?

We hope you enjoyed reading about just some of the things Portmeirion has to offer and enjoy visiting by train.