Portmeirion is perhaps best known as the setting in
which the cult TV series "The Prisoner", starring Patrick McGoohan, was filmed.
Portmeirion was originally the vision of distinguished architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis
(1883-1978) who wanted to create an Italian style village, inspired by Portofino, Italy -
a place he had fallen in love with.
Portmeirion village was built at a rapid rate
because the architect was concerned he may never see his village completed. In the end, he
lived to see Portmeirion's 50th birthday, at the age of 92! The less substantial building
work has since been consolidated.
Often overlooked are the gardens at Portmeirion,
which were originally landscaped before Portmeirion was even conceived, by J Westmacott
and Sir William Fothergill Cook.
Ffestiniog Railway, several mines and caverns are
just a short distance away from Portmeirion.
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