Holiday 2011, Day 3 – Portmeirion on July 8

After our train ride, we decided to pay a visit to Portmeirion. This is a privately owned Italian style village, created by architect William Clough-Ellis. It operates as a hotel, so you can stay in some of the quite bonkers buildings should you wish. It’s also open as a tourist attraction, with shops, cafes and the general ambience to enjoy. I suspect a significant numbers of visitors will be there because they know Portmeirion as “The Village” in the classic TV series The Prisoner[1], which I mentioned a few years ago. Indeed, I had a strange feeling of familiarity as we wandered around. I was mildly disappointed that the official vehicles moving around the place turned out not to be Mini Mokes. I was more relieved not to see a large white ball bouncing along the beach…

It wasn’t the best time to have gone – the buildings would have looked a lot better in the sunshine, and the shops and cafes had all closed, which was a shame, as we had planned to eat there. On the other hand, admission is cheaper later in the day…

Anyway, here are the pictures, and if you’re not familiar with the Prisoner, you’re probably better off ignoring the captions.

[1] Beware of recent imitations