We spent several hours in Portmeirion on March 25, 2011. Our niece said she thought it was a tourist trap and we should skip this spot. We had a private tour set up with Meurig, so we felt we needed to go. We were very glad we did! My husband is an architect, I am a designer and our 20 year old daughter was along. Meurig made the trip. He told us all sorts of background and fun stories. Portmeirion is a collection of oddities. We were fortunate to see the camera obscura. If you have the opportunity to book a private tour do so!