Welcome to Portmeirion
Portmeirion was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976.
He wanted to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it.
He hoped the village would make people to think about buildings in the landscape.
The village was built as a place people could enjoy for its own sake. It was supposed to be a place where events, concerts and exhibitions could take place.
CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS OLD GO FREE
We do not charge admission for children under 5 years of age. We charge the adult rate for anyone over 16 years of age, however we can offer a concession rate for students or those attending full time education.
SORRY, NO DOGS ALLOWED ON SITE
Portmeirion is a safe and exiting environment for children of all ages. For reasons of health and safety we regret that dogs are not allowed on site.
We do understand that the vast majority of dog owners are responsible but there are a few who are not. In common with almost all other visitor attractions we regret to advise that we only allow guide dogs on site.
Please note Castell Deudraeth also carries a no dogs policy
HISTORY OF THE VILLAGE
Clough Williams-Ellis had conceived of a tightly grouped coastal village on some romantic clifftop site, perhaps on an island or a remote estuary. This idea stayed with him for about 20 years until in 1925 he found the Aber Iâ estate on the Dwyryd estuary near his home. It was more or less exactly what he had been hoping for, and it was for sale - he bought if for what is said to be around £3,500.
The first thing he did was change the name to Portmeirion. He did not feel Aber Iâ was approprite as it could mean 'frozen river mouth' which was not ideal for a holiday resort.
The name Portmeirion comes from 'Port' to put it on the coast and 'Meirion' the correct spelling of Merioneth, the county in which is was located.
Portmeirion was built in two stages, from 1925 to 1939 and then once post war building restrictions had been lifted, from 1954-76.
Today Portmeirion is one of Wales' premier visitor attractions, welcoming around 250,000 visitors every year.
Surrounding the village are 70 acres of exotic woodlands with miles of woodland and coastal walks.
Portmeirion is open every day of the year from 9.30am to 7.30pm.
We look forward to welcoming you.
HOW TO GET HERE
Route Planner - just type Portmeirion as your destination on the AA's website Theaa.com
Please note: Guide dogs only allowed in the village
For Sat Nav use LL48 6ET
From Manchester Airport take the M56 (West) onto the A550.
Follow signs for the A55 and North Wales. Follow the A55 expressway
as far as the Caernarfon (A487) turn-off. Follow the A487 towards
Caernarfon and Porthmadog. Portmeirion is 1 ½ miles South of
Porthmadog signposted from the main road at Minffordd. 100 miles.
Approximately 2 ½ hours.
From Birmingham Airport take the M6 (northbound). After junction 10 turn onto the M54 which leads onto the A5. Follow the A5 for Llangollen, Corwen. 3 miles past Corwen turn left onto the A494 for Bala. At Bala turn right onto the A4212 for Trawsfynydd where you turn right for Porthmadog. Follow signs for Porthmadog. Portmeirion is 1 ½ miles West of Penrhyndeudraeth on the A487 signposted at Minffordd. 100 miles. Approximately 2 ½ hours.
(Shepherd's Bush): Take the M40 then the M6 at Birmingham (use toll
road if congestion is bad, then follow signs for M54). After M6
junction 10 turn onto the M54 which leads onto the A5. Follow the
A5 for Llangollen, Corwen. 3 miles past Corwen turn left onto the
A494 for Bala. At Bala turn right onto the A4212 for Trawsfynydd
where you turn right for Porthmadog. Follow signs for Porthmadog.
Portmeirion is 1 ½ miles West of Penrhyndeudraeth on the A487
signposted at Minffordd. 240 miles. Approximately 4 ½
From Cardiff: Follow the A470 to Trawsfynydd. Follow signs for Porthmadog. Portmeirion is 1 ½ miles West of Penrhyndeudraeth on the A487 signposted at Minffordd. 160 miles from Cardiff Bay. Approximately 3 1/2 hours.
From Minffordd there is a footpath following the driveway. At Castell Deudraeth follow the footpath along the field 'Cae Mawr' below the Castell. This will take you past the main car park to the Village tollgate. There are over 20 miles of woodland paths in Portmeirion and miles of coastline. Stout shoes are useful.
B & M Taxis, Penrhyndeudraeth 01766 770851
Criccieth Taxi Services, Cricieth 01766 522726
Dukes Taxis, Porthmadog 01766 514799
Huw's Taxis, Llanwnda, Caernarfon 01286 676767
There is a daily bus service from Porthmadog which runs from March to October. The timetable can be viewed in pd format on the Gwynedd bus timetable page at 99B Porthmadog-Portmeirion/Rhyd: (it is the 18th up from the bottom)
Virgin Trains have an express service from London Euston stopping at Llandudno Junction or Bangor, either of which are convenient for onward travel to Portmeirion. From Llandudno Junction you can connect with trains to Blaenau Ffestiniog along the Conwy Valley line. If you are staying at Portmeirion please contact us on 01766 770000 and we can arrange to have a taxi to meet you at Blaenau Ffestiniog (charges apply).
You can change at Blaenau Ffestiniog for the Ffestiniog Railway, a narrow guage steam railway that travels to Porthmadog, with a station at Minffordd (the station is 1 1/2 miles from Portmeirion). If you are staying at Portmeirion please call on 01766 770000 and we will arrange a courtesy car to meet you from Minffordd station.
From Bangor you can hire a taxi. If you are staying at The Hotel Portmeirion or Castell Deudraeth please contact us on 01766 770000 and we will make arrangements for you to be met (charges apply). The journey from Bangor takes 50 minutes.
The Cambrian Coast line runs from Pwllheli to Machynlleth with a station at Minffordd. There are trains to and from Machynlleth from Shrewsbury and Birmingham. If you are staying at Portmeirion please call on 01766 770000 and we will arrange a courtesy car to meet you from Minffordd station.
Manchester International Airport has the most incoming flights followed by Birmingham International and John Lennon Airport, Liverpool. Cardiff Wales Internatinal Airport. Car hire is available at these destinations.
We have a heliport at GRID REF SH59283764. Advance notice is required of any planned landings please. There is a £50.00 + VAT landing fee for patrons of The Hotel Portmeirion and Castell Deudraeth. For other users there is a landing charge of £250 + VAT.
Please contact our Estates Manager Meurig Jones to arrange on firstname.lastname@example.org , direct line 01766 772306 or mobile 07795294825
Tel: 01766 772311 (Tollgate)
Tel: 01766 772440 (Hotel Reception)
For other places to visit in Snowdonia see the Visit Snowdonia Attractions Website.