Gwynedd, North Wales
Average time spent – 2-3 hours.
Things to do at Portmeirion Village review
I have a lot of fond memories from my childhood. One that really stands out for me though is my memories of visiting Portmeirion. Portmeirion is famous for its pottery, for being the location of the Prisoner TV show and for being so unique.
Portmerion is a tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales. You can’t visit without paying to enter but to me, it’s worth the entry fee. It was built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village. Although it is essentially a village that you can only really walk around it is picturesque and very beautiful.
We spent around three hours there. Mostly we took photos, admired the view wherever we walked and enjoyed a hot take-away meal from one of the cafes. They also have a couple of restaurants but they are very expensive.
There is clearly a lot of maintenance within the village and some people do disagree with the entrance fee. But if you go there and spend time admiring the magic and the architecture you will soon appreciate why this is such a unique place to visit.
As well as the main village that you can mostly walk around with its shops, cafes, main square and plenty of ice-cream kiosks. There are also two walks. One a coastal walk and the other a woodland walk winding around the hill.
If you time your visit right there is also a beach although it is covered by water at high tide. When life is more back to normal they will resume their 20 minute guided tours.
There are 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. Visitors can enjoy a breath-taking view of the village and estuary from the Gazebo.
Portmeirion Village – Important Information
Eating – There is a couple of cafes, currently open for take-away. Plus two table service restaurants.
Facilities in brief – Pretty Italian style village with shops, cafes, ice-cream and plenty of photo opportunities. There is a coastal walk and a woodland walk.
Entry price – *Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. An adult ticket is £13.00, a child is £9.00. Under 5’s are free, family tickets and concessions are available.
Opening: Portmerion is open daily for visitors except for Christmas day. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? Only assistance dogs are permitted
Address: Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER, North Wales. Phone: 01766 770000
Category – Historical Village – Suitable for all ages.