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The Chinese Lake

The Chinese Lake

The Chinese Lake in the 70-acre woodland at Portmeirion village and gardens
The Chinese Lake

Garden, £7.50-£12

Portmeirion,
Penrhyndeudraeth,
Gwynedd,
LL48 6ER

Details

Discover the impressive natural landscape surrounding Portmeirion. The subtropical forest at Portmeirion, affectionately known as The Gwyllt (Wildwood in Welsh) features some of Britain's largest trees, secret gardens, a derelict castle and rare flowers. Explore the 70 acres of exotic woodlands with 19 miles of pathways which cut through forests, secret spaces and coastal coves.

Discover the exotic Japanese Garden with its pagoda and lily-covered lake. Uncover secret sites like the Dog Cemetery, tangle Wood, Ghost Garden and Shelter Valley.

During the main season, our guests will enjoy our free trade ride to the Oriental garden, where they'll find a classic temple overlooking the Chinese bridge and lake. Guests can disembark the train at any point to explore one of the several paths that take them along 16 miles of coastal paths. The views are simply stunning.

Many of the unusual species found here pre-date Clough Williams-Ellis. During the Victorian period. former tenants Henry Seymour Westmacott and later Sir Williams Fothergill Cook, a celebrated botanist, planted a mixture of monkey puzzle trees, pines, magnolias, camellias, giant redwoods as well as various rhododendrons on the estate.

By the turn of the 20th century, Caton Haig, a world authority on Himalayan flowering trees, continued Cook's works of planting rare species in the woods, including our famous selection of rhododendrons.

Among the 70 varieties of rhododendrons, are the red-flowering Portmeirion-bred cultivar rhododendron, known as the 'Gwyllt King'. Cook also planted a magnificent magnolia campbellii with its enormous pink flowers and several ginkgo bilobas.

Castell Deudraeth has a carefully restored walled Victorian garden with lawns, flowerbeds and flowering trees.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitalityHelicopter landingElectric car charging point

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Opening Details

Open all the time

Portmeirion Village open: 1 April - 3 November 2019 09:30 - 19:30. 4 November - 29 March 09.30 - 17.30
Shops & Cafes open 10:00 - 17:00
We are closed to the public on Christmas day.

Prices

Summer Prices (1 April - November 2019)
On the Day: Adult £12.00, Senior/Student £10.50, Child (5 - 15 years) £8.50.
In advance online: Adult £11.00, Senior/Student £9.50, Child (5 - 15 years) £7.50. Family tickets available.
Under 5s Free.

Address

Portmeirion,
Penrhyndeudraeth,
Gwynedd,
LL48 6ER

Location and nearby places

Directions

Plan route to Portmeirion Village using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 590372  Lat: 52.91367 Long: -4.09833

Continue west on the A487 through Penrhyndeudraeth and straight on at the roundabout (signed for Minffordd); pass the railway station and the entrance to Portmeirion will be on your left.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1.5 miles from Minffordd station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Helicopter landingHelicopter landing
  • Electric car charging pointElectric car charging point
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children

Entrance

  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

Notes

Due to the nature of the grounds not all pathways are accessible for wheelchair users.

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