Sold as one of the top 10 attractions in Northern Wales is the Portmeirion village in Gwynedd. A “private village resort on the coast of Snowdonia”, Portmeirion was designed and built by British architect, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975. While said to be built in a variety of architectural styles, the village largely draws on Williams-Ellis’s love for the Italian fishing village, Portofino. The village is now owned by a charitable trust and is run as a hotel, but day tickets can be bought to visit the village and its surrounding woodland gardens for £8 for adults (£7 if bought online in advance), children are free.
Having a 2 course lunch (not including sandwiches and light bites) at the nearby Castell Deudraeth Brasserie will get you free entry to the village on the same day. Lunch is from 12-2pm daily (until 2:30pm in the summer months) and is served in a conservatory of floor to ceiling glass windows looking out onto the lawn and gardens. The Castell is also a functioning hotel. Or if you prefer, there are a number of cafes inside the village itself.
Visitors to the village can take one of the complimentary 20 minute tours or a free train passing through the Gwyllt woods. We opted to do the coastal walk through to the nearby beach and back past a small Japanese garden to the village centre.
The village is open all year round from 9:30am to 5:30pm, and until 7:30pm in the summer months between 1 April and 31 October.