Portmeirion

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Portmeirion is an iconic seaside resort in Gwynedd, North Wales, designed and built from 1925 to 1975 in an Italianate style by the architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. It has been used as a location for many films and television shows, most famously as ‘The Village’ in the 1960s television series The Prisoner.

Since its inception, Portmeirion has been run as a hotel, and most of the buildings are in fact used as hotel rooms or self-catering cottages, as well as shops, a cafe, tearoom and restaurant. Unless you are staying within the village itself, you will need to pay an entry fee and will only be able to visit during the day.

Shopping in PortmeirionThe shops in Portmeirionoffer an eclectic mix of products, from Italian coffee machines, designer homeware, beauty products, toys and games, books and gifts, to souvenirs, The Prisoner memorabilia and the famous Portmeirion Pottery, designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis’ daughter Susan from 1960 to the present day.

Food and Drink in PortmeirionThe main hotel building offers an informal lunchtime menu from Monday to Saturday, and a three course menu on Sunday lunchtimes, while the estate’s imposing castle, Castell Deudraeth, hosts a modern restaurant which is open daily for lunch and dinner. The menu is contemporary and takes full advantage of the fresh local produce. Lunch includes a free entry pass to the village, valid for the rest of the day.

In addition there is an Italian style pizzeria that offers freshly baked pizzas, pastas, paninis and pastries as well as Italian coffee and wines, and a traditional Italian style gelateria, serving ice cream freshly made on the premises using locally sourced milk and cream. Finally, there is a self-service cafe in the town hall.

Things to do in Portmeirion Portmeirion is packed with iconic architecture, such as the Gothic Pavilion, the Pantheon, the Bristol Colonnade, the Bell Tower, the Bridge House and the Piazza, each of which has a fascinating story behind it.

The resort sits on the estuary of the River Dwyryd, and boasts incredible sea views and sandy beaches. An idyllic path winds along the coast up to the folly lighthouse that marks the southernmost point of Portmeirion. With many benches and floral displays it makes for a very pleasant and relaxing walk, and is a great spot for a picnic.

Portmeirion is surrounded by beautiful gardens. You can pick up a map from the village showing the designated trails, which will take you through woodland, past lakes, fishponds and even a Japanese garden. Along the way you will see many rare species of plants, including an important collection of rhododendrons, and conifers dating back to Victorian times.

After a long day of exploring the village, why not relax with a treatment in the village’s own spa?

Visit PortmeirionEnjoy a holiday with a difference, and a little taste of Italy, in this truly unique village in North Wales.

The Royal Victoria Hotel
The Royal Victoria Hotel
3 out of 5
Llanberis, Gwynedd, Caernarfon, Wales
The price is £84 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Situated in Caernarfon, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Mount Snowdon, Pen-y-Pass and Pyg Track. Caernarfon Castle and GreenWood Forest Park are also within ...
4/5 Very Good! (979 reviews)
"The room had everything i needed and was clean. The staff were very helpful."

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2021

The Royal Victoria Hotel
Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth
Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth
4 out of 5
Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth, Wales
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £234 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Nestled on the beach, this Portmeirion hotel is just steps away from Portmeirion Central Piazza and Portmeirion Sands. Snowdonia National Park and Ffestiniog ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (373 reviews)
"Fantastic location. Good locally sourced food. Friendly staff, albeit service was slow at times and often outside tables were not cleared of previous used glasses. Disappointing that residents are charged for a village map given the expensive room rate already."

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2021

Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth
Waterloo Hotel Lodge
Waterloo Hotel Lodge
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales
The price is £135 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre and Betws-Y-Coed Golf Club. Swallow Falls and Snowdonia ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (230 reviews)
"Great base for exploring Snowdonia area Bonus of indoor pool & sauna Lodges are brilliant & spotless Highly recommend 👍"

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2021

Waterloo Hotel Lodge
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Erw Fair Guest House
Erw Fair Guest House
3.5 out of 5
High Street, Llanberis, Caernarfon, Wales
The price is £67 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Situated in Caernarfon, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Electric Mountain and National Slate Museum. Mount Snowdon and Caernarfon Castle are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (40 reviews)
"A very warm welcome & a comfortable stay in clean conditions. Every thing you needed was there! Breakfast choice was excellent Would definitely recommend"

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2021

Erw Fair Guest House
19 Cwmorthin Road
19 Cwmorthin Road
3.5 out of 5
19 Cwmorthin Road Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales
Situated in Blaenau Ffestiniog, this cottage is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Llechwedd Slate Caverns and within 12 miles (20 km) of Dolwyddelan Castle and Portmeirion ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"very nice property at a great location. suggest a booklet with description of the function of the heat and wifi password etc. suggest to provide laundry detergent."

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2018

19 Cwmorthin Road
One bedroom holiday home near the Snowdonia National Park
One bedroom holiday home near the Snowdonia National Park
Ty Mawr, Talysarn, Caernarfon, WLS
Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is within 6 miles (10 km) of Glynlllifon Country Park, Moel Tryfan and Llŷn. Rhyd Ddu Path and Gypsy Wood Park are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (25 reviews)
For the two of us the accommodations and location was ideal
"The unit was cozy with all of the amenities that we needed for our stay in Wales. We have friends in the area, so this was ideal for us to jump into the car and dive over for a visit. Our host was very helpful, and accommodating. We were very happy overall with our stay. We would happily stay again. ..."

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2021

One bedroom holiday home near the Snowdonia National Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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