Frequently Asked Questions
Here you can find some of the most frequently asked questions - and answers - about Portmeirion. Just click the question to view the answer.
What are Portmeirion's opening hours?
Portmeirion is open to day visitors every day of the year except Christmas Day.
On 13,14,15,16 September 2013 the village will be open only to Festival No6 ticket holders.
Hours of opening: 09:30 - 19:30.
Cafes stay open until 7.00pm during Easter, Whitsun and Summer school holidays.
Shops close at 5.30pm.
Do you have to pay to visit Portmeirion?
Portmeirion has a £10 admission charge for adults and £6 for children (4 - 15 years)
Children under 4 do not pay an admission charge.
Castell Deudraeth brasserie will provide a free entry voucher if you have a two course lunch (to book call 01766 772400)
We have an annual membership pass available costing the equivalent of two single visits.
Hotel guests do not pay admission to the village.
Entry is half price during the winter and after 3.30pm during the main season.
Where is Portmeirion?
Located on its own private peninsula on the coast of Snowdonia
in Wales. Postcode LL48 6ER.
Signposted from the A487 at Minffordd mid-way between Penrhyndeudraeth and Porthmadog in Gwynedd, North Wales .
View location map here
Do you have free entry at any times?
Guests of the hotel and Castell Deudraeth have free entry to the village during their stay.
At any time of year if you have a two course lunch at Castell Deudraeth this includes a free entry voucher four use after lunch.
If you pre-book Sunday lunch at The Hotel Portmeirion this includes free entry to the village.
We have an annual pass available at £20 for adults and £10 for children giving unlimited year round access.
Why are dogs not allowed in Portmeirion?
We are often asked about the reason for Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth's no-dogs-allowed policy.
One primary reason for the rule is the conflict pets (particularly dogs) produce in natural areas used as wildlife habitat and also used by people for recreation.
Portmeirion's natural areas are managed in a way that protects habitat for a wide variety of wildlife species. Dogs, by nature, can damage sensitive habitats as well as harass or kill vulnerable wildlife.
The no-dogs policy is also applied to protect the many people who may be picnicking, walking, swimming or relaxing in the grounds.
A dogs-on-leash rule used in the past proved ineffective because many people disregard the policy. We have also found that a few pet owners do not take the responsibility to pick up pet waste. Patrolling park grounds to assure that dogs are under control, contacting those who are not being responsible with their pet and cleaning up after pets to assure a safe visitor environment was an inefficient use of limited staff time.
With the exception of special service dogs (i.e. guide dogs) Portmeirion will continue its policy of excluding pets from the village and its grounds to help assure a quality visitor experience and help protect natural resources on site.
Is the village suitable for disabled visitors?
The village contains many slopes and steps and it is therefore not ideally suited to anyone with restricted mobility.
Some of the rooms and cottages are only accessible via steps.
We do have rooms specially suited for disabled use. Both Hotel and Castell Deudraeth have lifts.
Castell Deudraeth has no steps on the ground floor.
We have wheelchairs available for loan and designated blue badge parking areas.
Where is the car park?
We have ample parking space right by the village entrance.
We do not charge a parking fee.
There are several disabled parking spaces close to the entrance.
All rooms and cottages in the village have a designated parking space as close as possible to the accommodation.
Who owns Portmeirion?
Portmeirion is owned by a registered charity called Ymddiriedolaeth Clough Williams-Ellis Foundation.
This means that Portmeirion's future is secure, it cannot be bought or sold, all its buildings have listed building status and the grounds are a designated Conservation Area.
Ymddiriedolaeth Clough Williams-Ellis Foundation
Rhif Elusen Restredig: 516895 Registered Charity Number
The Charity's Area
The Portmeirion peninsula at Minffordd and the
Brondanw, Parc and Croesor Estate at Llanfrothen, Gwynedd.
CHARITABLE PURPOSES (TRUST DEED 20TH MAY 1985)
a) To promote the permanent preservation for the benefit of the public generally and especially the inhabitants of the Charity's Area of of lands of beauty or historic interest or ecological environmental or other scientific importance within the Charity's Area in particular the Brondanw Parc and Croesor Estate aforesaid and generally to improve protect and and preserve the natural aspect and character and amenities of the Charity's Area.
b) To promote the permanent preservation for the benefit of the public generally and especially the inhabitants of the Charity's Area of buildings situated within the Charity's Area of national historic architectural or artistic interest to promote access to and enjoyment of such buildings by the public and to augment the amenities of such buildings and their surroundings.
c) To promote the conservation of the rural landscape and the animal and plant wildlife within the Charity's Area methods of agriculture horticulture apiculture forestry and allied occupations which are consistent with such conservation research into such mehtods and the publication of the useful results of such research for the benefit of the public generally and especially the inhapbitants of the Charity's Area.
d) To promote public access to the countryside within the Charity's Area the provision of routes and ways therefor and the preservation of footpaths commons and waste lands.
e) To advance education in Welsh history and culture and in biology zoology botany ecology and all kindred sciences.
Can I stay at Portmeirion?
Portmeirion has 55 hotel rooms (14 in the main hotel on the shore, 30 in village rooms and suites and 11 at Castell Deudraeth).
It also has 15 self-catering appartments and cottages in Portmeirion village and on the Portmeirion estate.
What is Portmeirion?
Portmeirion was built to show how you could develop a naturally beautiful setting without spoiling it and that with sufficient skill and care architectural good manners can actually enhance the natural environment.
Portmeirion is a hotel resort and a popular visitor attraction located on the coast of Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, North Wales.
Who runs Festival No6?
Festival No.6 is born out of the desire and passion to create a completely distinctive and intimate festival that utilises the breathtakingly beautiful environment, the uniqueness of the village and its inspiring venues, structures, accommodation and architecture.
FN6 Ltd. Company registration 07940258. 3 The Stables, Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, Manchester, M20 5PG
What are the aims and objectives of the company that runs Portmeirion?
Portmeirion Cyf - Portmeirion Ltd
Nod ac Amcanion - Aims and Objectives
- I hyrwyddo cadwraeth yr adeiladau, tiroedd, planhigion a bywyd gwyllt o dan ei ofal.
- To promote the conservation of buildings, land, plants and wildlife under its control.
- I hyrwyddo defnydd cynaladwy ar hyd y flwyddyn o'r adeiladau a'r tiroedd o dan ei ofal.
- To promote year round sustainable use of the buildings and areas under its control.
- I hyrwyddo cyflogaeth gynaladwy ar hyd y flwyddyn ac i gefnogi datblygiad staff trwy hyfforddiant.
- To promote sustainable all year round employment and to support staff development through training.
- I arddel polisi dwyieithog gan gynnig gwasanaeth yn Gymraeg a Saesneg i staff, cyflenwyr a chwsmeriaid yn unol â'u dewis.
- To maintain a bilingual policy providing services in Welsh and English to staff, suppliers and customers according to their preference.