Llandudno – Top 7 Things To Do in this Traditional British Seaside Town

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Llandudno is a traditional British Seaside town located in North Wales. Llandudno and Conwy County are some of the most attractive holiday destinations in Britain.

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A view of the Llandudno beach

You will most certainly find your dream holiday experience from the wide range of hotels and cottages that are available to suit anyone and everyone.

Some Interesting Facts about Llandudno

How was Llandudno named?

Port Wrexham was what Llandudno was originally planned to be named when St George’s Harbour & Railway planned to develop the region as an export base for coal.

Then eventually what seemed like a good idea to name Llandudno as Port Wrexham was abandoned as Llandudno emerged as a holiday destination.

Llandudno Quick Facts
Population
– 20,000 Approx.
Location – North Wales
Transport
Train Station – Llandudno
Nearest Airpot – Liverpool John Lennon Airport, 65 miles
By Bus – 8 hours from London
Attractions – Great Orme, Llandudno Pier, Marine Drive, Llandudno Bay and North Shore

The current name Llandudno is derived from it’s patron saint – Saint Tudno.

Shipwreck remains in Llandudno Bay

Over 30 shipwreck remains can be found in Llandudno Bay with one of the oldest being the Phoenix which was a warship that wrecked in 1642.

Famous Great Orme crash

There was a tragic crash in 1932 involving the famous Great Orme Tram which resulted in 2 fatalities. Since then, multi million pounds worth of investment has gone in to make the tram more secure and to ensure no such accident is repeated.

Llandudno’s history linking to Bronze Age

Great Orme houses approximately 4 miles of manmade tunnels some of which are nearly 4000 years old and used for copper mining.

Llandudno had the largest copper mine in Europe and evidences suggest that some may have even been dug by young children due to the small size of the tunnels.

Kashmir goats in Llandudno

These goats can be found grazing in Great Orme were first introduced by Lord Mostyn in the 19th Century. They were turned in to fashion icon when Queen Victoria received a pair as present. A wild herd of approximately 200 Kashmir Goats can be found roaming today which are managed by Conwy County Council.

Things to do and places to visit in Llandudno

Llandudno Bay & North Shore

This is a two mile long seaside destination comprised of sand, rock and shingles situated between the headlands of Little Orme and Great Orme.

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On the North Shore, there is wide Victorian promenade that is separated by a strip of beautiful garden from the The Parade. Many hotels are located on The Parade and each block within The Parade has its own name. There are plenty of things going on almost everyday on the wide walkway by the beach to entertain visitors.

North Wales Theatre and The North Wales Conference Centre are also located near Llandudno Bay. There is also the Llandudno Yacht Club at the end of The Parade and many more guest houses that can be easily reached.

Video of North & West Shore, Llandudno

The West Shore in Llandudno

This is a relatively quiet beach situated on the estuary of the River Conwy. Accomodation is within easy reach in terms of hotels and guest houses.

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West Shore beach at Llandudno

The West Shore is connected to the North Shore by Gloddaeth Avenue and is approximately 20 mins walk. There is a small children’s play area by the beach with plenty of things to keep children busy playing too along side a small pool of water with graceful swans and ducks.

Llandudno Pier

The pier is located on the North Shore and has won numerous awards for its beauty and spectacular views.

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Llandudno Pier

The pier was built in 1878 and extends over 700m making it one of the longest in Wales. The pier is also listed as a Grade II building for preservation purposes.

From the very end of the pier, the mountain ranges of Snowdonia can be seen towering over the town on a clear day.

Address for Llandudno Pier:

Llandudno Pier, North Parade, Llandudno, Gwynedd, LL30 2LP
Phone: 01492 876258

Happy Valley in Llandudno

Originally a quarry, it was given to the town in 1887 by the third Baron Mostyn for use as a public park to commemorate the fiftieth jubilee of Queen Victoria.

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Happy Valley in Llandudno with spectacular views of the bay

The park has been planted out transforming in to a magnificent garden and have since made suitable for public. Lady Augusta Mostyn unveiled the drinking fountain in 1890 and is now a CADW listed structure. Within the park there is a unique combination of formal gardens, woodland walks and many caves to explore. 

Alpine Garden in Happy Valley, Llandudno

Within the terraced sections there is an Alpine Garden and a pond, which provide a welcome splash of colour during the summer amongst the rockery and gravel areas.

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Happy Valley Alpine garden

The Elephant Cave is one of a number of caves within the park which are remnants of the quarry. The caves lie within magnificent grassland and woodland overlooked by steeply climbing limestone cliffs.

The Bardic Circle within the central formal lawns mark the second occasion the National Ersteddfod was held in 1963. The stones unsed in the 1896 Bardic Circle are known to have been used in the rockeries at Haulfre Gardens.

Llandudno has a long history with Lewis Carroll and his character Alice in Wonderland which was commemorated in 2002 with the creation of several sculptures of scenes and characters from the tales by utilising trees felled during the maintenance within the park. The sculptures have been arranged along a trail through the mature pine trees and include The Mad Hatters tea party complete with picnic table!

Tobogganing in Happy Valley, Llandudno

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Ski slope and tobogganing track in Llandudno

Llandudno Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre offer the longest toboggan run in Britain and a Scenic Permasnow ski slope.

At an amazing 575m run, the experience is exhilarating with the ride starting at the bottom of the hill climbing 250m offering fantastic panoramic views of Llandudno bay. It is ideal for parties, group bookings or just as a fun afternoon out with family.

Tobogganning rules and prices

Children under 4 can not ride, 4-7 years old have to ride with an adult aged 16 or over. It is open every day from 10 am and the run is dependant on weather and closing times may vary. Please note that the Tobogganing track needs to be dry for it to operate, so please contact the authorities on the details below to confirm if you are not sure of the weather:

Llandudno Snowsports Centre
Great Orme
Llandudno
LL30 2QL
Wales

Phone – 01492 874 707
Website – https://www.jnlllandudno.co.uk/info/contact-us/

How to get to Llandudno Snowsports centre:

You can use the following post code for your satnav / gps: LL30 2LR

When you arrive at the entrance to the Grand Hotel, turn left up the hill on to Alex Munro Way. Continue up and through Happy Valley Gardens and you will arrive at the car park.

Prices for Tobogganning at LLandudno:

2 rides – £7.5 per person
Tobogganing and Golf – £11.00 per person
Toboggan and Sno-Tubes – £14.50 per person
Tobogganing, Sno-Tubes and Golf – £16.50 per person

Llandudno Cable Cars

Considered one of the most popular attractions of Llandudno town, the Llandudno Cable cars is the longest passenger cable car system in the UK.

Opened in 1969, this unique cable car experience will give you panoramic views of the town overlooking the Irish sea as it glides 679 feet up from Happy Valley to the summit of the Great Orme.

The total distance is just over a mile and it takes approximately 9 minutes one way.

Llandudno cable car ticket prices:
Adult return – £11.00
Adult single – £10.50
Child return – £9.00
Child single – £8.50
Family return – £33.00

You can buy the tickets from Happy Valley Station or from the Great Orme Summit terminus.
Please note that they only accept cash and do not accept card payments at the time of updating this post – Oct 2020. Also we recommend that you give the Cable Car operators a call if you are not sure of the weather as they can not operate when it is windy.

There are disabled access facilities and dogs are also allowed.

Address and map for the Llandudno Cable Cars Happy Valley Station:
Post code for Happy Valley Cable Car station – LL30 2ND
Phone: 01492 877205
Website – https://www.visitconwy.org.uk/things-to-do/

Visiting the Great Orme at Llandudno

The Great Orme of Llandudno is a very noticeable limestone cliff located on the northern coast of Wales. A smaller but very much similar limestone cliff is also located on the Llandudno bay on the eastern side.

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View from the Great Orme

The Great Orme is protected and supervised by the Conwy County Borough as a natural reserve and home to a herd of Feral Kashmir Goats (Approx. 200). A walk on the Great Orme which is about 2 miles long and 1 mile in width, can be time very well spent with spectacular view of Llandudno Pier and Irish Sea on the North.

The walk on Great Orme

There are quite a few paths designated for walking and can make a perfect day out exploring the limestone deposits on the surface of the Great Orme.

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Rare wild flowers such as Cotoneaster Cambricus and species of flowers originating from the latest ice age of Alpine origins can also be found on a normal days walk on the Great Orme, what can beat that!

Haulfre Gardens Trail

The walk that sets off from the West Shore by the sides of the Great Orme and also leading to the Great Orme summit is not to be missed.

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The paths are waymarked clearly with the Summit Trail logo disc. A walk along the side of the Great Orme will lead you to many view points with many well placed benches along the way offering panoramic views of both West and North Shore and also the whole of Llandudno.

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Length of the Haulfre Garden Trail – Approximately 1 mile, allow about 1 hour
Length of the Summit Trail – 1 and a half mile, allow about 1.5 hours

Type of walk
The trail is a mixtures of grassy paths, tracks and roads. Some places can be very steep and depending on the weather muddy too, so good walking boots are recommended and a map can come handy too.

Pets – Dogs are allowed but advised to be kept under control and preferable on a lead as sheep and goats graze freely in some parts.

Facilities – There is a tea room which is pin pointed in the Google map below along with public toilets near the Haulfre gardens.

Llandudno Image Gallery

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