Built over a period of fifty years on the coast of North Wales from 1926 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion serves as a demonstration of how architecture can be used to enhance and harmonise with its environment. The overriding style of the village is italianate, but examples of other styles and periods are plentiful.
During the day Portmeirion is open to tourists and day visitors who may walk around the village and sample its shops and cafes. Come evening, Portmeirion becomes the exclusive domain of the guests staying in either the main hotel building, or any of the self-catering and serviced cottages. It really is a special and magical place.
- Portmeirion Guide Book : The official guide book available at Portmeirion. The book contains pictures and a potted history of each building.
- On the Trail of the Prisoner : A Prisoner-oriented guide book by Catherine Frumerman and endorsed by Portmeirion. This book contains many superb images of prominent Prisoner buildings and is also available at Portmeirion.
- The Hotel Portmeirion : Official site and booking information.
- Virtual Portmeirion : The largest collection of Portmeirion photographs on the Internet.
- alt.tv.prisoner [ Google Groups archive ] : Although there is not a dedicated Usenet newsgroup for Portmeirion, it is considered on-topic in this newsgroup.