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Portmeirion Travel Guide

Explore Portmeirion in Wales

Portmeirion is one of north Wales’s treasures. This charming village looks like it belongs on the Tuscany coast, or perhaps the French Riviera, which is exactly what its creator intended. Built between 1925 and 1975 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, this picture-perfect village gives visitors an idyllic fantasy against the backdrop of the mountains of Snowdonia.

Getting to Portmeirion

The village is located near the town of Porthmadog on the west cost of Wales, which can be reached via the A55 expressway that runs along the north Wales coast. Driving direct from our ferry port at Dover takes around 6 hours, or around 4 ½ hours from our port at Newcastle.

What to see in Portmeirion

Staying in Portmeirion puts you in reach of some of north Wales’s best attractions and natural wonders, the village itself features the wonderful creations of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, towers, domes, and rooftops rising above the estuary of the Afon Dwyryd. In the summer you can relax in the heated pool and watch the tide completely fill the wide Dwyryd estuary, with the hills and mountains of the Snowdonia National Park in the background. You can also enjoy shops, a spa and award-winning restaurants.

The village is surrounded by lush woodland just waiting to be explored, and the nearby Castell Deudraeth offers another option for accommodation and dining out.

Why visit Portmeirion?

Portmeirion is one of the most unique places in Britain, offering beautiful and unexpected architecture in a stunning natural setting. The village itself offers plenty of delights for holidaymakers, from its colourful cottages and quaint shops to its elegant piazza and the stunning views across Afon Dwyryd from the Quayside.

Portmeirion is also famous for its pottery, sold all over the world in the finest shops. You’ll find a great selection in the gift shop, as well as other gifts, books, homeware and more in the various shops around the village. Portmeirion is also home to the Mermaid Spa, offering all sorts of relaxing and indulgent treatments, perfect for unwinding during your holiday.