When we were looking for things to do during our trip to North Wales, Portmeirion was mentioned to me countless times so I really had to go! Portmeirion is a pastel coloured village situated nearby Portmadog. But this is no ordinary Welsh village. Operated by a commercial entity and looking more like Portofino or Cinque Terre than Portmadog or Prestatyn, Portmeirion is completely unique – but what is there to do on a day trip to Portmeirion?
Portmeirion Village Admission
Admission for adults costs 12GBP for adults and Children 8GBP. If you book online before you arrive you get a pound off admission. If you live nearby or think you may visit a couple of times in a year, then the annual pass at 25GBP seems like great value! Parking is included in the price of the ticket.
What to do Portmeirion: 8 things to see and do
Take a guided tour of Portmeirion
Included in the admission price is a guided tour of the village. The guides are funny and knowledgable and are only to eager to answer your questions!
Take a train ride through the woodlands
For those not feeling like a stroll through the woodlands, there is a free train ride that takes you around the key sights of the Portmeirion woodlands. On a nicer day we would have stopped to walk around especially at the Chinese Lake but this is just something to return to do!
Note: The train ride is included in admission price
Spend time on the beach
Portmeirion has access to miles of pristine, golden beaches. On a nicer day I could have happily spent the whole day with a picnic down on the beach. It was blissful to have such a beautiful beach to ourselves.
Marvel at the architecture
You would be forgiven for thinking the pictures were taking at Portfino or Cinque Terre. The pastel coloured wonderland is an architectural gem to be marvelled at. The beautiful colours brighten even the dreariest of days.
Be a free man not a number!
For Fantasy fans reminisce about the famous series The Prisoner which was filmed in the village. There are reminders of the show all round the town and the most ardent fan can pick up some Prisoner memorabilia.
Take a dip in the lido
On a nicer day, the kids would love splashing around in the lido in the village square.
Buy some pottery
A visit to Portmeirion wouldn’t be complete without a trip into the pottery and seconds shop.
Note: I’ll admit I didn’t go in but I didn’t want to coin a new term: like a toddler in a China shop! Though I did admire some of the pieces from afar!
Have a sweet treat
There are many lovely shops at Portmeirion, but my favourites had to be the gelateria. I also loved stopping for a cream tea – a British holiday isn’t complete without a cream team in my opinion