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Holidays in Portmeirion

A colourful and unique coastal resort in North Wales

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The Central Piazza in Portmeirion

The scenic coastal village of Portmeirion lies on the west coast of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. Designed and created by architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975, its collection of vibrantly coloured houses on a romantic clifftop resembles the style of a picturesque Italian village.

Now one of Wales’ premier visitor attractions, the private village sits within 70 acres of exotic woodland gardens with miles of spectacular woodland and coastal walks. It is home to a spa, award-winning restaurants, and boutique shops selling a range of gifts, homeware and the well-known Portmeirion Pottery.

Stroll through the charming streets lined with pastel-coloured buildings and you will soon find the Central Piazza. With its Riviera-inspired houses, ornamental gardens and bell tower, this is the centrepiece of Portmeirion and is guaranteed to take your breath away! Take time to admire the Gothic Pavilion, Hercules Hall, Bristol Colonnade and Belvedere; every nook is filled with whimsical details. Not forgetting The Quayside, which boasts magnificent views over the bay and several areas for visitors to explore.

The Quayside

A source of inspiration for writers, television and film producers, the village of Portmeirion has been featured in the likes of Danger Man, Doctor Who and Citizen Smith. Most famously, it played the starring role as “The Village” in the cult classic series, The Prisoner, with fans still visiting the scene each year for a popular convention.

Between late March to October you can learn more about this unique village with free walking and train tours. There is also a Visitor Centre, which provides a wealth of further information, books and maps.

“Iconic Italianate architecture, scenic surroundings and vast woodland gardens…”

During September, the village hosts the annual Festival No.6. This intimate music, arts and culture festival is perfect for those who are looking for a more refined weekend. Discover an award-winning eclectic mix of music, screenings, readings, performance art and so much more in the colourful gardens and Mediterranean-inspired fantasy village.

If you fancy exploring a little further, enjoy a vintage treat aboard a steam train at Minffordd Station, about a mile from Portmeirion, and take a journey into the heart of Snowdonia. Alternatively, take a short, scenic trip to Porthmadog; a bustling town full of welcoming charm, an array of independent shops and delightful places to eat.

If you’re looking for holiday cottages in Portmeirion, our properties nearby are perfectly positioned for exploring this must-visit village.

While you’re there

The Gwyllt

Explore this ten-hectare woodland full of exotic plants and an important collection of rhododendrons.

Battery Square

A great spot to grab a coffee and watch the world go by, Mediterranean style.

Portmeirion Pottery

Visit one of the village gift shops to purchase a piece of traditional or contemporary earthenware as a memento of your visit.

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