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Free entry to Portmeirion village & gardens Friday March 1st for St Davids Day - usually £8 plus free or cheap Bala Lake Railway trip
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Free entry to Portmeirion village & gardens Friday March 1st for St Davids Day - usually £8 plus free or cheap Bala Lake Railway trip

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I totally love this place, first went as a baby as my parents loved the Prisioner and been going back frequently since and as you probably know from my posts I do love a bit of Portmerion botanic garden kitchenware. (They also have a very cheap "seconds" shop on site too)

Anyway, on Friday 1st March (St David's Day) you can get free entry to Portmerion village and gardens which is usually £8 per adult. It really is a lovely place - lots to see and do and the weather has been great lately too. They have planted 3000 daffodils for the occasion as well apparently.

It is also half term in Wales and some other areas of the country. Don't book a ticket as booking shows full price but just turn up on the day and get in free. Details HERE

Portmeirion is opening its doors to the public for free on Friday 1 March 2019, as part of a weekend of celebrations to honour the Patron Saint of Wales.
The top visitor attraction is planning a weekend of celebrations of Welsh heritage and culture. Visitors will enjoy complimentary guided tours of the village and land train through the Gwyllt woodland as well as an audio-visual show featuring Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis explaining how and why the village was built. Our gardeners have planted over 3,000 daffodils for the occasion!
A preview of the ‘Dome of Discovery exhibition, new for 2019, will also be open for visitors. The exhibition preview will feature pottery and artefacts associated with Portmeirion which will help visitors develop a deeper understanding of the site and how it developed.

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Free or less than half price Bala Lake Railway
Also on Friday 1st March if you are in the area, you can get a free trip on the Bala Lake Railway if you live in North Wales - just bring proof of address. If you don't live in North Wales, you can get a journey on the day for less than half price with an adults ticket for £5 instead of £11.50 and children £2 instead of £5.50. No need to book just turn up on the day - timetable below.

On the 1st March come and celebrate St David’s Day with a free ride on the Bala Lake Railway to all residents of North Wales – just bring proof of address. And if you don’t live in North Wales you can still travel at less than half price (Adults £5, Children £2)


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I was there once. When I tried to leave I was accosted by a giant white beach ball.
Seriously, they just treated my like a number.
My husband was a stunt double for Patrick McGoohan amongst other things in his career
Visited here about 10 years ago. The locals were so friendly. We wanted to book into the castle £180 a night as everywhere else was booked but they were also full so they rang a B&B £40 a night about a 20 min drive away and as it was in the mid of no where, they even insisted on showing us the way so took their own car and we followed in ours. Portmeirion just takes you to another country with its architecture & scenery, well worth the visit.
For anyone interested in Portmeirion, there’s going to be a six (of course!) part series on ITV Wales starting in April about life in the village. It should be shown in the other ITV regions later in the year.
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Heat! Lucky North Walians!
Good spot, thank you
Great, beutiful and unique place. Heat. Be seeing you.
Edited by: "superpacman1972" 23rd Feb
Visited here about 10 years ago. The locals were so friendly. We wanted to book into the castle £180 a night as everywhere else was booked but they were also full so they rang a B&B £40 a night about a 20 min drive away and as it was in the mid of no where, they even insisted on showing us the way so took their own car and we followed in ours. Portmeirion just takes you to another country with its architecture & scenery, well worth the visit.
Beautiful place, well worth a visit.
Wales.
Cold.
d70cw65 m ago

Wales.Cold.8)


Apparently it had its own micro climate that’s why they are able to grow so many tropical plants! Nerdy fact alert!
I was there once. When I tried to leave I was accosted by a giant white beach ball.
Seriously, they just treated my like a number.
My husband was a stunt double for Patrick McGoohan amongst other things in his career
emerald215 m ago

My husband was a stunt double for Patrick McGoohan amongst other …My husband was a stunt double for Patrick McGoohan amongst other things in his career


Is he white and rotund
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emerald217 m ago

My husband was a stunt double for Patrick McGoohan amongst other …My husband was a stunt double for Patrick McGoohan amongst other things in his career


Was he number 2?
d70cw61 h, 58 m ago

Wales.Cold.8)


Usually wet where I am.
For those not in the know about this amazing TV show, give the radio adaptation a go.
You've missed it's debut on BBC radio but you can download the first episode from Big Finish for free (and buy the other episodes)
bigfinish.com/rel…100
Portmerion is a beautiful place.
Make sure you explore the woodlands and the coast. But beware the tides!
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captainpovey1 h, 8 m ago

Portmerion is a beautiful place.Make sure you explore the woodlands and …Portmerion is a beautiful place.Make sure you explore the woodlands and the coast. But beware the tides!


And big white bloby thing
For anyone interested in Portmeirion, there’s going to be a six (of course!) part series on ITV Wales starting in April about life in the village. It should be shown in the other ITV regions later in the year.
emerald212 h, 46 m ago

My husband was a stunt double for Patrick McGoohan amongst other …My husband was a stunt double for Patrick McGoohan amongst other things in his career


Can we have more details, please?!!
He used to be a trapeze artist after he got discovered doing gymnastics years ago lol. Was with Fossetts circus and also followed the sun for 10 years in America . No he s not a blob lol his flying weight was 8 st 4 he was the one that swung across for someone to catch him. He s only 9 st now but has arthritis and thinks it was another person doing these things. Wing walked, tightrope walked across two skyscrapers in America, dived into a small round tub of water from a height and many many more things.
I know it will be busy, but try and go early or late - we stayed last year and I had an hour or so of the place to myself, felt I should have been wearing a blazer.

The climate thing was true was OK until I walked to the headland and temp dropped dramatically!

emerald2155 m ago

He used to be a trapeze artist after he got discovered doing gymnastics …He used to be a trapeze artist after he got discovered doing gymnastics years ago lol. Was with Fossetts circus and also followed the sun for 10 years in America . No he s not a blob lol his flying weight was 8 st 4 he was the one that swung across for someone to catch him. He s only 9 st now but has arthritis and thinks it was another person doing these things. Wing walked, tightrope walked across two skyscrapers in America, dived into a small round tub of water from a height and many many more things.


Is his name Roy?
Such a shame that Portmeirion is so dog unfriendly. No dogs allowed and the reasons given on their website show they are absolutely anti-dogs and dog owners.
Cymru Am Byth
GandA39 m ago

Such a shame that Portmeirion is so dog unfriendly. No dogs allowed and …Such a shame that Portmeirion is so dog unfriendly. No dogs allowed and the reasons given on their website show they are absolutely anti-dogs and dog owners.


I'll definitely visit then... My sort of place
GandA1 h, 53 m ago

Such a shame that Portmeirion is so dog unfriendly. No dogs allowed and …Such a shame that Portmeirion is so dog unfriendly. No dogs allowed and the reasons given on their website show they are absolutely anti-dogs and dog owners.


This is good. I don't want dogs around.
37126417-5Uzi5.jpgWent last year - wanted to go since the 1970's since I saw The Prisoner and what a letdown it is £11 we paid each to get by the entrance when we could just have parked in the village or near the beach and just walked along the beach and gone in for free.

Very disappointed - looks very rundown chess set pieces were broken , rust on everything and peeps have been ripping off the shells attached to some of the buildings for souvenirs and nobody has bothered to replace them not to mention all the cheap and tacky sheet metal ornaments is all i can call em in the ponds etc!

What is even worse is that most of the houses that were in The Prisoner you are not allowed into or even to go up the stairs to see as virtually all of it has rich tourists staying in them so they are cordoned off! Not that it put me off as that photo was taken from the balcony of one of the cordoned off areas - bad man!


The Prisoner shop well what can we say - hardly much to buy all i left with was two car stickers and no blazer or hat grrrr

Try visiting the dog cemetry or the "hidden garden" - unkempt, obviously not looked after and lucky if you dont get your eye taken out by overhanging branches or stung in the fanjita by the nettles!

Be aware with this offer the place will be even more horrendously busy than normal so the chances of getting any photos without anyone else in shot is zero!
Edited by: "omendata" 24th Feb
Pity the 1st March falls when the children are in school
omendata8 h, 39 m ago

[Image] Went last year - wanted to go since the 1970's since I saw The …[Image] Went last year - wanted to go since the 1970's since I saw The Prisoner and what a letdown it is £11 we paid each to get by the entrance when we could just have parked in the village or near the beach and just walked along the beach and gone in for free.Very disappointed - looks very rundown chess set pieces were broken , rust on everything and peeps have been ripping off the shells attached to some of the buildings for souvenirs and nobody has bothered to replace them not to mention all the cheap and tacky sheet metal ornaments is all i can call em in the ponds etc!What is even worse is that most of the houses that were in The Prisoner you are not allowed into or even to go up the stairs to see as virtually all of it has rich tourists staying in them so they are cordoned off! Not that it put me off as that photo was taken from the balcony of one of the cordoned off areas - bad man! The Prisoner shop well what can we say - hardly much to buy all i left with was two car stickers and no blazer or hat grrrrTry visiting the dog cemetry or the "hidden garden" - unkempt, obviously not looked after and lucky if you dont get your eye taken out by overhanging branches or stung in the fanjita by the nettles!Be aware with this offer the place will be even more horrendously busy than normal so the chances of getting any photos without anyone else in shot is zero!


Never been but your excellent description is just how I imagine it to be - unfortunately.
Visited here last September. Beautiful place, we got free entry as ate in restaurant just up the road which was very nice.
Mysticaltopaz2441 m ago

Pity the 1st March falls when the children are in school


It’s half term in Wales and a few other areas I think
Fantastic place
Went here a few years ago, Too young for the prisoner. Thought it was a bit dated, old and tired. It really needed some money spending on it. Nice idea but didn't really work and the cafes were awful.
Absolutely love this place, I try to go once a year.
My parents took me as a kid and now I take my son who loves it too.
Yes it can get a bit pricey if you go at any time in the rest of the year, the cafes can be a bit pricey too. But its certainly worth a visit if you are in North Wales. Love it.
I love this place, got married there and go back for every anniversary and stay in a different house in village. Something magical about it.
captainpovey23rd Feb

Portmerion is a beautiful place.Make sure you explore the woodlands and …Portmerion is a beautiful place.Make sure you explore the woodlands and the coast. But beware the tides!


Beware the tides of March.
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