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Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020
Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020
Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020
Llandudno is British seaside splendour at its very best. Here, on the northern shores of Wales, a long golden-sand beach lapped by the chilly waters of the Irish Sea is backed by a promenade and a splendid Victorian terrace. Though the golden era of British seaside travel is over, Llandudno still draws in some big crowds. They come for the 19th-century grandeur and Victorian-era attractions, like the long wooden pier, Punch and Judy shows and donkey rides along the beach. Then there's the great outdoors, most notably Great Orme, whose limestone headland is criss-crossed by hiking trails. It rears into the sea, offering walkers spectacular views across Snowdonia. In a word, Llandudno is charming.
There's just something so right about staying in a B&B when you're visiting a British seaside resort. It's hard to put your finger on why. Maybe it's that they've been there for so long or the feeling of staying in a home-away-from-home. Perhaps it's the extra little touches, like a slice of bara brith slathered with butter and a cup of milky tea, when you arrive. Either way, there's plenty of Llandudno properties to choose from. You can take your pick from tiny family-run B&Bs in Victorian terraces, whose period-laden guestrooms haven't changed all that much over the years, or more stately affairs along the promenade, where guestroom windows overlook the beach, pier and ocean beyond. This might be a traditional little town but you won't have trouble finding something a little more contemporary, with seaside-inspired decor, which looks like it belongs in the photos of an interior decorating magazine. Alternatively, you can score a room in one of the farmhouses outside of town. Whatever you're looking for, you'll find your perfect match by scrolling through the listings on Expedia.
Guestrooms typically come equipped with all the things you might find in a hotel, like kettles, flat-screen TVs on the walls and free WiFi. Most have private ensuite bathrooms and, if you pick right, you might even nab a free parking spot for your car. In the mornings, you can guarantee a hearty Welsh breakfast – similar to its English counterpart, but with the added addition of laver bread. Though there's a ton of places to eat in town, from seafood restaurants to chippies, you could always retreat to your Llandudno bed and breakfast for a spot of home-cooked dinner, if it's an option.
This is your seaside getaway and if you want to spend it lounging in a deckchair catching the Welsh rays and working on your tan, no one's going to stop you. That said, if you tire a little of the beach, there's a long list of things to do near your Llandudno bed and breakfast. The landscape around these parts has long inspired artists and there's an impressive collection of local art on show at the impressive MOSTYN art gallery. Alternatively, you could delve into Wales' past at the Llandudno Museum or the nearby medieval 13th-century Conwy Castle. There are some unique attractions, too. Believe it or not, you can go skiing here if you swing by the Llandudno Ski Slope, or you can hop aboard the early 20th-century Great Orme Tramway to head out into the Welsh countryside. On a tour of the UK? Why not make the urban sprawl and fascinating attractions of Liverpool your next stop?