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August, 2017

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We visited Portmeirion in Gwynedd North Wales in early August, making sure that the weather forecast was good in order to see the village at its best. This unique location with its brightly painted buildings, developed originally by the architect Clough Wiliams-Ellis, is situated overlooking the beautiful Dwyryd estuary. As well as the village, there are miles of woodlands, which we did not explore because of the amount of time at our disposal.

The architecture is slightly Baroque and Italianate with follies and quirky sculptures. it has featured in many films and television programmes most notably the surreal “The Prisoner” starring Patrick McGoohan.

We chose to visit on a weekday when it was not too crowded and we were able to enjoy the beautiful gardens, visit the shops and have afternoon tea. The concession price of £10 was well worth it, as it is run by a charitable trust and so well maintained overall. For those with disability there are blue badge parking spaces. there are also disabled toilets. Most of the village is accessible by wheelchair with a couple of steep slopes. We found it quite easy to walk around,

This is such an iconic place, that everyone should see it at least once in their lifetime!


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