Portmeirion village is nestled in the green hills of North Wales on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. Overlooking the vast Dwyry Estuary, Portmeirion is one of Wales’s famous attractions that was brought into the spotlight in the 1960s as the setting of a TV series called The Prisoner.
Portmeirion Village History
Portmeirion’s popularity continues well into the 21st century as one of Wales’s most popular places to visit, photograph and share on Instagram. The striking Italian-style architecture painted in vibrant colours transports visitors to the shores of the Mediterranean – all dreamed up by Sir Clough William-Ellis, an architect and passionate environmentalist who purchased the site in 1925 and completed the village 50 years later in 1975.
Is Portmeirion Village free to enter?
In 2020 the cost to enter Portmeirion village is £13 for adults and £9 for children (under 5’s are free). There are family tickets available and free entry if you’ve pre-booked dinner or Afternoon Tea, for more information about Portmeirion tickets and pricing visit their website.
Portmeirion Village is typically open everyday from 9:30am until 5:30pm except Christmas Day.
Social distancing measures were in place in Portmeirion including hand sanitiser stations and mobile phone ordering for takeaway lunch and the closure of some shops and onsite spa – check the Portmeirion website before your trip to see if there are any new restrictions in place that may impact your visit.
Portmeirion village has dozens of photo opportunities, from the gardens and fountains to the hillside gazebo that overlooks the village. There’s cafes, a gelato shop, restaurants, two hotels and spa sprinkled across the site, as well as thirteen self catering cottages in Portmeirion with access to a heated outdoor pool.
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Portmeirion also has an impressive 70 acres of exotic gardens to explore with castle ruins, a secluded lake and 70 varieties of rhododendrons to enjoy along the 19 miles of woodland trails. A free train takes visitors to an Oriental garden during the peak season, although this service was temporarily suspended for this visit due to social distancing measures.
If the sun shines you can may like to take a leisurely walk along the stunning coastline past the lighthouse and famous ‘Amis Reunis‘ (stone boat), or watch the tide creep in and out from one of the many view points across the village. The Portmeirion Hotel is located on the waters edge and the terrace offers an attractive outdoor spot for lunch with a view – weather permitting of course. Sunday lunch and Afternoon Tea is also available to book inside the dining room.
To make the most of your day in Portmeirion (and the entry fee), consider booking a lunch or dinner and wearing comfortable shoes for a walk in the gardens or along the coastal path. The benefits of booking a stay in Portmeirion Village means you can enjoy a quieter experience in the morning and evening. Have you been to this beautiful village or explored Snowdonia?