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Portmeirion Village

Listed under Visitor Attractions in Wales, United Kingdom.

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Portmeirion is one of Wales' premier visitor attractions, welcoming 250,000 visitors every year.

Taking nearly 50 years to complete, Portmeirion was a homage to Sir Clough Williams-Ellis' love of the Italian Riviera. Possibly why the bust of Inigo Jones in his own garden as Jones loved Italy as well.

The village was the backdrop for Patrick McGoohan in both The Prisoner and Danger Man, as well as providing the setting for episodes of Doctor Who, Citizen Smith and countless films, many of which use it as an alternative to filming on location in Italy.

In 1926 he opened the main house on the shore as the Hotel Portmeirion to finance his venture. Over the years Williams-Ellis designed and added many buildings to the village, completing his work in 1976, when he was over 90 years old.

Portmeirion was developed in two phases, 1926-39 and 1954-72, the break a result of William-Ellis's wartime service. He first acquired the site of the existing village, then the land beyond it, and eventually the lands surrounding Deudraeth Castle - and the 'castle' itself. It was owned by his uncle, Sir Osmond Williams, a descendant of David Williams, an attorney and the first Liberal MP for Meirioneth. The authentic castle has long since been destroyed and is marked by a tablet near the base of the Campanile:

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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My youngest daughter is 8; my oldest is 13 years older. Mostly, we have different favourites. But Portmeirion, a fairytale seaside village in Northern Wales, is an exception. We all adored Portmeirion at first sight. It’s a crazy, beautiful place.P… Read more...

Written by  Anne-Sophie Redisch.

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Part of Snowdonia’s coastal region of Gwyned has been transformed into an Italianate resort village. Rumoured to be based on Portofino, the village’s creator, Sir Clough William-Ellis began constructing the site in 1925. Portmeiron has long been a source of inspiration for artists and writers. Noel Coward wrote “Blithe Spirit” in a suite in the village and the surreal television series “The Prisoner” was filmed here.

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