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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.

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