City Guide to Llandudno

Hailed as the “Queen of the Welsh Resorts”, with its stunning coastline and buzzing nightlife, Llandudno offers a royal welcome to you that richly rewards. Llandudno is the largest resort in Wales. It sits comfortably between the Great and Little Ormes and boasts two wonderful sandy beaches, which is a rare treat indeed for anywhere in the British isles.

The town was developed from Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age settlements but it was given its grand architecture during the Victorian era.

It’s combination of stunning natural scenery, great eateries and preserved history make it a justifiably popular tourist destination. 

Nature in Llandudno

Llandudno is a peninsula town, perching on the top of Wales and protruding out into the warm embrace of the Irish sea. Surrounded by lush greenery and craggy, dramatic cliff tops, Llandudno is town-meets-nature at its very best. 

It’s nestled in between the Great and Little Ormes, which provide the intrepid hiker with challenging walks and rewards them with stunning views over the town and the surrounding water. The summit of the Great Orme stands at 679 feet and is a haven for rare flora and fauna.

The Happy Valley, a former quarry, is also a fantastic space to walk around and take in the views. The area includes landscaped gardens, two miniature golf courses, a putting green and a fabulous open-air theatre overlooking the sea. 

Sport in Llandudno

In addition to golf courses and putting greens, Llandudno is home to the famous Ski Llandudno, a 300 metre dry ski slope and toboggan run that hosts the Artificial Ski Championships each year. 

Entertainment in Llandudno

The award-winning, Indian Gothic style pier, situated on the North Shore, offers great views and, in the summer, live music entertainment on the pier pavillion. There are a range of entertainment options for children, open during peak seasons, and independent traders selling gifts and crafts. 

You can visit the Great Orme Bronze Age Mine, part of an old copper mining system beneath the Orme, for  a fantastic insight into prehistoric life.

History and Culture in Llandudno 

Conwy Castle is just five miles from Llandudno. It’s a gritty, dark stoned fortress that is well preserved and stands in all its formidable glory close to the shore of the Conwy Estuary. The dramatic Snowdonia mountains forms the perfect backdrop for this impressive slice of history. The views from the battlements are breathtaking and a must-see for anyone with a passion for history or spectacular scenery.

If you are in Llandudno during the May bank holiday, you can experience a three-day Victorian Extravaganza. The carnival comes complete with a funfair, parade and festival of transport. 

Restaurants in Llandudno

Llandudno is ripe with dining options for the epicurean traveller. The sea front is a stunning place to grab a bite to eat and the winding side streets also provide an array of hidden gems to excite the palate. Mostyn Street and the surrounding areas have some particularly highly acclaimed eateries on offer. 

Enjoy Llandudno

With a range of unique activities, stunning countryside and beautiful architecture, Llandudno is a town steeped in rich history that can be enjoyed by visitors all ages.

Guide to Exploring Llandudno

Great Orme Tramway

The only cable-hauled tramway in Britain, and in fact one of the last remaining in the world, the Great Orme Tramway is one of the most beloved heritage attractions in Wales, carrying in the region of 160,000 passengers every year from Victoria Station in Llandudno to the Summit Station, a distance of around a mile. First opened at the turn of the 20th Century, and preserved in part through funding from the National Lottery and the EU, the tramway operates on a funicular system, whereby each car is attached to the cable that is winched up the hill, the weight of the descending car helping to pull up the one ascending.

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