During our recent family holiday to North Wales we visited Portmeirion, a village created by an architect from 1925 to 1976. The architect, Clough Williams-Ellis wanted to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful site could be developed and remain unspoilt. I had read about this village in my guide book and was very intrigue and didn’t really know what to expect.
Today Portmeirion is one of Wales’ main tourist attractions and is open everyday of the year from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm. It attracts many day visitors but there is a hotel and self catering cottages if you wanted to extend your visit. There is a choice of places to eat within the village and also a spa for a bit of pampering!
I would highly recommend joining one of the free walking tours that they offer (1st April – 31st October) as it helps to give you some back ground information about the village and some interesting facts about the buildings. Not sure I would have spotted that half of the windows on the building below are painted on!
I was really taken back by all of the colourful buildings. There is so much to look at and take in. If you enjoy photography you will love it here. I really felt like I had been transported to Italy.
A walk in the woods
There are a couple of walking routes you can following which takes you along the coast and through the woodland. The children enjoyed this as there were things to see and lots of trees to climb. Pick up a leaflet at the entrance for a map of the routes.
You can also catch a ride on the land train which takes you on a trip through part of the woodland however the queue was too long when we were there so we didn’t get the chance to try this. It seemed to be less busy in the morning so this would be the best time to catch the train.
As mentioned there are a few different places to eat within Portmeirion but we decided to try the restaurant in the hotel. The hotel is located down by the coastline which gave us a nice view from our table next to the window.
The hotel felt very grand with some lovely lounge areas to sit in and a nice terrace outside on sunny days (which doesn’t happen very often in Wales!). We ordered soup and sandwiches which were all very tasty and washed down with a nice glass of wine. They were very accommodating in making a ham sandwich for the children.
If you are visiting North Wales then I would definitely add a trip to Portmeirion to your itinerary. Its very different from anywhere else in Wales or the rest of the UK for that matter. For more information click here to visit their website.
For more ideas on places to visit in North Wales please take a look at my other post – 3 Picturesque towns and villages in North Wales you need to visit.
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