Llandudno is Wales’ largest coastal seaside resort town and is famously known as ‘The Queen of the North Wales Resorts’. The town is uniquely situated between the Great and Little Orme’s with two wonderful beaches, the award winning North Shore and the quiet, sand duned West Shore on the Creuddyn peninsula.
Still today, Llandudno has kept its Victorian and Edwardian elegance and splendour, despite its modern day changes. Llandudno is proud of its carefully planned Victorian town centre with its wide streets and attractive sea front including its broad uncluttered promenade and invites visitors to take the town trail, which is a carefully planned walk around Llandudno’s interesting streets.
The town’s award winning pier built in 1878 is on the North Shore and stretches approximately 700 metres out to sea. Looking back towards the town from the end of the pier, on a clear day one can see the mountains of Snowdonia rising over the town.
The great limestone headland of the Great Orme has many attractions for the tourists including the Great Orme Tramway that takes tourists effortlessly to the summit. The famous Tramway is over 100 years old and attracts thousands of people in riding up to the summit of the Great Orme in one of the original tramcars.
Others prefer to wind their way around the headland, admiring some of the most strikingly beautiful and dramatic scenery, which is visible only from the Marine Drive. This four mile shelf was cut out of the sheer limestone cliffs in 1878 and is designed for vehicles and walkers alike. Alternatively, it is possible to catch a bus in St Edward’s Square and go on an informative and visually rewarding sight-seeing tour of the Orme.
On foot or by car, however you choose to reach the plateau of the Great Orme, you can be quite sure that the whole day will be as fun-filled and action packed, or as peaceful and relaxed as your mood dictates. One visit is just never enough! Another unusual way of reaching the top is by the longest aerial Cable Car system in Great Britain, which operates from the ornamental gardens known as Happy Valley.
The leisurely ride gives passengers a unique opportunity of enjoying breathtaking aerial views without actually flying! Also in the Happy Valley, you will find a dry Ski Slope and Toboggan Run, plus amazing Bay views of Llandudno.
Up on the Great Orme Mountain you can explore the amazing historical past of the Great Orme Mines, which date back to the Bronze Age, some 4,000 years ago. The Mines will give you a fascinating insight into the lives of these prehistoric people, by allowing you to go on an underground visit, watch an audio-visual display and observe archaeologists at work.
The medieval walled town of Conwy and its famous UNESCO castle are just 5 miles from Llandudno, which is served by regular bus services, including the red tour bus. Also nearby are the famous Bodnant Gardens, rated amongst the finest in the UK. If you are without transport, then it is also possible to reach Bodnant Gardens by public bus.
Slightly further afield in the Conwy Valley is the market town of Llanwrst and Betws-y-Coed.