Escorted Rail Tours to Portmeirion
Styled after Italian coastal villages
Set on a peninsula facing into the River Dwyryd's estuary, Portmeirion has become one of Wales' most popular tourist attractions. The village, with its unique collection of Italian-influenced architecture, had been a local dignitary's private estate until 1925. It was then that the celebrated architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis began to develop the village. Inspired by architecture from towns on Italy's Mediterranean coast such as Portofino, he collected and salvaged parts of building work from ruined mansions or stately homes in need of repair.