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Portmeirion

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52°54'48"-04°05'53" show decimal

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Portmeirion
Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd

Built as an example of how a naturally beautiful landscape could be developed without spoiling it, the village was start on a private peninsula in Snowdonia by Clough Williams-Ellis; he steadily designed and enhanced the 70 acre area during the course of his life, and the village has some 50 buildings making up hotels, apartments and shops.

Since the time of filming, the woodlands have had extensive clearing and restructuring, especially around the lakes.

How to get here:

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Road: A5 - Follow the A5, and then head south on the A470 towards Blaenau Ffestiniog. Turn right onto the A496, and then left onto the A487 towards Porthmadog. As you reach Minffordd, turn left and head down to Portmeirion. (11 miles, 17m) +

 

Access: visitorStatus: recognisableBridge House

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Photograph taken: 25th January 2009 by Scott Frankton

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The Masque of Mandragora
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Filmed: 4 May 1976
Federico arrives at San Martino

The Masque of Mandragora
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The Mandragora Helix arrives at San Martino

 

 

Access: visitorStatus: recognisableGloriette Piazza

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The Masque of Mandragora
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Filmed: 4 May 1976
Ferderico awaits the Doctor's arrival.

The Masque of Mandragora
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The Doctor is sentenced to death.

 

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The Masque of Mandragora
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Filmed: 4 May 1976
The Doctor is brought to the place of execution.

The Masque of Mandragora
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The Doctor makes his escape!

 

 

Access: visitorStatus: recognisableHercules Hall

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Photograph taken: 25th January 2009 by Scott Frankton

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The Masque of Mandragora
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Filmed: 6 May 1976
The Doctor jumps off the horse ...

 

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The Masque of Mandragora
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.. and hops over a balcony ...

 

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... and along the edge of the hill ...

 

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Photograph taken: 25th January 2009 by Scott Frankton

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The Masque of Mandragora
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... and down some steps.

 

 

Access: visitorStatus: recognisablePantheon Buddha

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Photograph taken: 25th January 2009 by Scott Frankton

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The Masque of Mandragora
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Filmed: 6 May 1976
Federico makes his way to the palace.

 

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The Masque of Mandragora
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Filmed: 4 May 1976
The Doctor barges past some soldiers ...

 

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The Masque of Mandragora
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... knocking one off a ladder.

 

 

Access: visitorStatus: recognisableBattery Square

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«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 25th January 2009 by Scott Frankton

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The Masque of Mandragora
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The Doctor runs down an alley to escape his pursuers.

 

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Filmed: 6 May 1976
The Doctor hides from the soldiers in a marker square.

 

 

Access: visitorStatus: recognisableWatch House

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The Masque of Mandragora
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Filmed: 6 May 1976
The Doctor heads down some steps during his escape.

 

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Soldiers check the catacombs ...

 

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... but decide against it.

 

 

Access: visitorStatus: recognisableBristol Colonade

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Giuliano leads the Doctor away from the palace.

 

 

Access: visitorStatus: recognisableThe Cascade

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Giuliano leads the Doctor away from the palace.

 

 

Access: visitorStatus: recognisableTemple Pond

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Photograph taken: 4th March 2012 by Daniel Cartwright

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A peasant works, unaware that the Mandragora Helix is approaching ...

 

Other nearby locations:

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Plas Brondanw (The Five Doctors). Road (4.3 miles, 10m) : Head north from Portmeirion, then turn right onto the A487. When you reach Penrhyndeudraeth, turn left onto the A4085 and carry onto Garreg. From here, turn right onto Plas Brondaw. Parking There is parking near the gardens.

Routes to more distant locations:

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Cwt y Bugail Quarry (Rigcycle) (The Five Doctors). Road (13 miles, 27m) : Head north from Portmeirion, then turn right onto the A487. When you reach the A496, turn left and head towards Blaenau Ffestiniog. Turn right onto the B4391 (Allt Goch) and head to Ffestiniog. Once in town, head northeast on the A470, then turn right, heading under the railway and on towards Cwm Teigl. The quarry is eventually at the end of the (steep?) road.

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Cwm Bychan (The Five Doctors). Road (12 miles, 29m) : Head out of Portmeirion, then turn right onto the A487. At Penrhyndeudraeth, either turn right and cross the toll bridge to the A496, or continue along the A487 until you reach the A496 at Maentwrog (8 miles, 10m). Follow the A496 to Harlech, then turn left up the hill, crossing the B4573 and up until you reach a crossroads, turning left. Follow this, bearing right not long after a standing stone, and this then heads down a valley to a river. Make a sharp left and then follow the road as it head up to the lake. Parking There is a car park at the end of the lake (fee payable)

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Carreg Y Foel Gron (The Five Doctors): 10.20 miles.

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Nant Ffrancon Pass (The Abominable Snowmen): 14.86 miles.

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Powis Castle (Warriors Gate): 43.45 miles.

Trivia:

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Portmeirion is perhaps better known for its appearance the Patrick Mcgoohan series The Prisoner, though the production team took great care not to feature anything obviously from that show!

Further links about the location:

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Portmeirion - Official village website

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Virtual Portmeirion - Lots of information, maps and pictures of the village.

Related Stories

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The Masque of Mandragora [3-6 May 1976]

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