Iconic & unique. Portmeirion has been delighting visitors since 1926
Portmeirion was created by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976. He wanted to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. Today Portmeirion is one of Wales' premier visitor attractions, welcoming over 200,000 visitors every year.
Visitors to Portmeirion can enjoy complimentary guided walking tours with one of our friendly tour guides. We also offer a complimentary audio-visual show featuring Clough Williams-Ellis discussing how and why the village was built and a free land train tour of the Gwyllt woodlands. Our Welcome Centre is open all year to help with any information, books or maps you might require.
It addition to its architectural heritage, its stunning setting and sub-tropical gardens, Portmeirion has two stylish hotels, a cluster of self-catering cottages, shops, a spa, cafes and restaurants and an authentic Italian style gelateria.
*Guided tours and land train are available from Easter to October only.
The Toll & Welcome Area is home to the Main Toll Gate entrance to the village, as well as the coach car park, Welcome Centre and public toilets. Our complimentary 20-minute Guided Tours start from this area of the village. Guests can purchase tailored tours, buggy tours or buy tickets for the daily The Prisoner tour from our Welcome Centre, as well as find maps and information about the village, accommodation and local area.
Clifftop & Chantry Row offers spectacular views of the Estuary. Guests can walk down to the Clifftop Rotunda, or Grotto, featuring sweeping views across the Estuary. Stop to hear Clough Williams-Ellis give an introduction to the village at the Soundscape under Bridge House. Here, you will also find The Dome, which houses seasonal exhibitions. More information on exhibitions can be found in our Welcome Centre.
The Mermaid Spa is located in Battery Square. Walk over to the Mermaid Spa for beautiful coastal views. Battery Square is home to The Round House, which was the fictional home of Number 6 in the TV series The Prisoner. The Campanile Bell Tower is the focal feature of Battery Square.
No Italian village is complete without a central piazza. The Central Piazza at Portmeirion features a fountain pool, Gloriette, Gothic Pavilion, the Bristol Colonnade and the giant chessboard.
In Salutation Square, guests will find the Triumphal Arch and the Audio-Visual building featuring a 20 minute video about the village featuring Clough Williams-Ellis. The train station for the Woodland Train is also located in Salutation Square. Some of the best views of the village can be enjoyed from Salutation Square.
The historic Hercules Hall is located in this part of the village. Hercules Hall is an Arts-and-Crafts style village hall designed to house a Jacobean ceiling, panelling and mullioned windows salvaged from Emral Hall in Flintshire. You will also find the Hercules Hall and Tudor Room private function rooms in this area of the village.
Explore the Coastal Path, Estuary, Amis Reunis, the Observatory Tower and the Casino at The Hotel & Quayside. The area of the village houses the outdoor heated pool, available for residents to enjoy (March - Oct). You'll also find the Mirrror Room and Estuary Dining Room private function rooms in this area of the village.
From the Triumphal Arch in Salutation Square, there are two main paths into Y Gwyllt Woodlands. Featuring 70 acres of woodland and 20 miles of walking paths, the Woodland is home to hidden treasures including the Dog Cemetery, Ghost Garden, Tangle Wood and the Chinese Lake. Guests can enjoy a breath-taking view of the village and estuary from the Gazebo, designed by Susan Williams-Ellis to mark the centenary of Clough's birth.
Removed from the main village, Castell Deudraeth stands proudly on the main drive in and out of the village. This area is home to several large car parks and a dedicated disabled car park, as well as 2 self-catering cottages. The Ricardo Pearce Suite private function room is located at Castell Deudraeth.