In The Village  -  Images of Portmeirion

Portmeirion is a private village in North Wales that was created by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, using a combination of rescued architectural follies and specially designed buildings which provide a fascinating mix of architectural styles.  Portmeirion was opened by Clough Williams-Ellis in1926 to show how development could enhance, and not destroy, a natural landscape.  It is an Italianate resort village in Gwynedd, on the coast of Snowdonia. Portmeirion is often referred to as ' A home for fallen buildings ' as buildings of every architectural style, both from Britain and abroad, were dismantled, transported here and rebuilt.   Portmeirion's architectural bricolage and deliberately fanciful nostalgia have been noted as an influence on the development of postmodernism in architecture in the late twentieth century. The gardens in and around Portmeirion, have been cultivated since Victorian times.

Portmeirion is now owned by a charitable trust, and has always been run as a hotel, which uses the majority of the buildings as hotel rooms or self-catering cottages, together with various shops, a cafe, tea-room and restaurant.  Portmeirion welcomes visitors both for the day and to stay the night, either in the Hotel Portmeirion on the shore, in the cottages that make up the village, or in Castell Deudraeth overlooking the estuary.

Portmeirion has served as a location for many films and television shows, notably The Prisoner.  Portmeirion has been important location shoot for such films as The Prisoner during the 1960's, also Dr Who, Treasure Hunt , Brideshead Revieited, Bread, and the last episode of Cold Feet.  The Prisoner appreciation Society meets regularly at Portmeirion but the star, Patrick Mcgoohan, has never returned. Portmeirion, along with Morfa Bychan, was used as the location for the filming of the Supergrass video Alright. 

This slideshow contains some of my photographs of Portmeirion that I have taken over many years of visiting this magical place.  I have tried to include views that are not available elsewhere on the Internet.  I hope that you enjoy looking at them as much as I do.     
Brian Aldridge   -  email:
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The official Hotel Portmeirion website is at www.portmeirion.wales.com and the postal address is Portmeirion Ltd, Portmeirion, Gwynedd LL48 6ET Tel: 01766 770000 E-mail: hotel@portmeirion.wales.com

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