Travel the world while staying in Wales
The fantasy village of Portmeirion makes you feel like
you are traveling to countries across the globe. It draws architectural
styles and sculpture
from a number of countries from Italy to India and beyond.
Designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975.
The pastel colored buildings were inspired by those of Southern Italy,
but there are cultural influences here from around the world.
He wanted to show that 'the development of a naturally beautiful site
need not lead to its defilement'. He had a lifelong interest in architecture,
landscape design, and conservation. Portmeirion is his manifestation
of these ideals, and it is surrounded by sub-tropical gardens, woodlands,
and miles of sandy beaches.
The 1960’s cult classic series “The Prisoner” was
shot here, and today it has become well known for it’s ceramic
dishes that have been designed and made by Williams-Ellis’ daughter
Susan since 1960.