“ Address: Gwynedd / LL48 6ER / Wales / Tel: +44 0 1766 770000 „
Located on the North Wales coast in Gwynnead, Portmerion is an enduring little artificial italianate village built by Sir Clough-Williams Ellis between 1925 and 1975 and best known for providing the backdrop for the 1960s surrealist drama series 'The Prisoner'.
The place is like something from Alice in Wonderland, with a fantastical (and deliberate) incongruency about it: no two buildings are alike, with old greco-roman styles and decor rubbing shoulders with 18th/19th century European architectural styles, with weird statues and metal sculptures everywhere amongst the winding steps and lanes and the wide variety of carefult tended trees, hedges and flowers.
There is also a genuine arched facade taken from an ancient german Cistercian monestary at the periphery of the village square, sitting overlooking a long rectangular pool lined with classical columns, whilst elsewhere the village boasts a rather flash hotel overlooking the estuary and with a grounded boat adjoining the nearby walkway, and from here as well as numerous outher viewing points visitors can look out across the estuary at the shifting sands, rippling tidal waters and the beautiful villages and hills and mountains beyond. There are also lots of hidden little coves and caves in the cliff face, as well as beautiful wooded areas to explore.
The whole place is briming over with eccentric charm, and with the entry cost of around £8 per person (with concessions for kids and OAPs) Portmerion offers a full days exploration along with plenty of coffee shops, cafes and resteraunts that whilst a little expensive are still well worth visiting while youre there. A wonderful and unique place with something for people of all ages that you are unlikely to forget in a hurry.