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Portmeirion Town Information

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Portmeirion - Photo © Gareth Hughes
Portmeirion - Photo: Gareth Hughes CCL

A unique fantasy village, Portmeirion is a richman’s folly on a grand scale, the ultimate dream of lifelong conservationist and architect Clough William-Ellis who created it in the 1920s to prove that building in such a naturally beautiful place did not necessarily mean ruination.

Run by a charity and inspired by the Italian town of Portofino, this unusual, pastel-coloured holiday village has many Italianate buildings, some with skewed perspectives. It comes complete with shops, restaurants, a pottery and a hotel and is surrounded by sub-tropical gardens, woodland and miles of near-empty beaches. The cult television series The Prisoner was filmed here between 1966-67.