If you’ve never heard of the village of Portmeirion, you’re not alone. Until recently I’d never heard of this hidden gem, and neither had any of my friends or family. The village of Portmeirion was one of our favourite adventures this summer!
Portmeirion is a village like no other. Located in North Wales, this coastal village is utterly unique.
Sir Clough Williams-Ellis designed and built this wonderful village between 1925 and 1975. This quaint attraction is designed to look like an Italian village.
Entering Portmeirion is truly like entering a different country. The architecture, the trees, the flowers, they all scream Italy!
The vibrant colours of the buildings, the cobbled streets – you would not be blamed for believing you had been transported abroad!
Each building in Portmeirion has been carefully designed and created. Colourful quirky buildings are what make this place utterly unique.
Romanesque statutes and columns take visitors back to Classical times.
The water fountain is simply stunning. And the perfect backdrop for a photo!
I had read about the woodland online prior to my visit. Aurelia and I love to walk and so I was excited to explore the forest area. I could not have anticipated what we found.
Now, many places I visit claim to have a woodland. This oftentimes turns out to be a small trail of trees leading into a field. Fully explored within 10 minutes. Portmeirion earns the right to boast of their woodland.
Aurelia and I followed the woodland trail for over 90 minutes and still had so much more to explore. The trails lead onto evermore paths. Through the trees, over the hills, to the sea. If it wasn’t for the signposts, you could become utterly lost in this amazing forest!
The two lakes on the woodland trail were alone worth a walk! The Chinese Lake was simply astounding. It was huge! The Lilly pads and foliage gave an incredible Oriental vibe.
The bridge over the lake is an authentic and adorable touch. As was the jetti.
A smaller lake is surrounded by magnificent sculptures. A sense of tranquility and serenity is emitted from this particular lake. It’s a beautiful quiet spot.
We didn’t go in search of any particular landmark in the woods – there are many, for instance the “Ghost Garden” and the Pet Cemetery. Aurelia and I simply wanted to lose ourselves in the woodland … and we did. We climbed trees, skipped over puddles and sat and enjoyed the views.
Shops and Cafes
Portmeirion is filled with quirky shops and cafes. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the prices were reasonable in all the shops and cafes. We quite often find ourselves paying ridiculous amounts for coffees and over the odds for useless souvenirs for Aurelia. The shops were well stocked with useful and reasonably priced toys and gifts. Aurelia spent her spends in one of the gift shops.
We enjoyed a latte on the seafront.
And another cheeky round of coffees overlooking the beautiful village.
Portmeirion boasts of a wonderful beach which offer spectacular views. The beach can only be accessed during certain times of the day, dependant upon the tide.
Aurelia loved playing on the ship on the seafront!
Staying at Portmeirion
Visitors are able to extend their trip and take accommodation in the village of Portmeirion. The village is home to two hotels and numerous cottages. 32 rooms are dotted throughout Portmeirion and offer some spectacular views of the village. I would absolutely love to stay in either of the hotels or in one of the rooms.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend away, a short break with the kids or a fun-filled family day, Portmeirion ticks all boxes. We will definitely be heading back to the beautiful and unique village of Portmeirion in the near future!
Under 5’s. Free
2 adults and 2 children. £32.00
April – November. 9.30am – 7.30 pm.
November – March. 9.30 am – 5.30 pm.