Portmeirion

Portmeirion is an amazing Italian-style village on the North West coast of Wales. 
It was built from 1925 to 1975 by the very eccentric Sir Clough Williams-Ellis & it's fascinating.

It's also where Patrick McGoohan's 1960s series The Prisoner was filmed...

On arrival there is a fee to pay.
The village is privately owned with a rather up-market hotel & holiday cottages dotted around...

It was good fun to see again the landmarks from The Prisoner. If my memory serves me, the character Number 6 stops by the statue of Hercules in the opening episode "Arrival"



















It has it's own beach.
A nice coastal walk...

And a lovely woodland to walk through too...





This building was the residence of "Number 6" in the Prisoner TV show. It's actually quite small internally and is now a gift shop devoted to the Prisoner. The interior shots in the series were filmed on a set in Hertfordshire. The shop isn't half as good as it was on our visit some 17 years ago. Then it was run by enthusiasts of the TV show. Now, I believe it is operated by the Portmerion company itself and is sterile and overpriced. £150 for a replica Number 6 blazer anyone?

This building in the TV show was the residence of Number 2. Again, internal shots were filmed on the Hertfordshire set. Now, it's an art gallery.

Sime fancying the idea of being the next owner...

Just before it got dark...

We were the last visitors to leave...

And we had a lovely, quiet day!

Kay, Sime & Hugo xxx

Comments

Anonymous said…
Another beautiful tour - thank you.
Gaza said…
Lovely photos and I enjoyed checking them out! I was there some 15 years ago (travelling from Aberaeron) and I swear blind The Prisoner gift shop was situated right on the beach, Thinking about it, what happened when the tide came in? However, I am still of the opinion it was there. Quite small as I recall. Does this ring any bells with you? All the best, Gary
Hi Gary,

Thanks for getting in touch.

We visited in 1987 and again in 2011 - the shop was in the village on both occasions and neither of us remembers a shop on the beach.

The shop was Number 6's apartment in The Prisoner TV series.

Bye for now,

Kay and Simon