If the sun pops out for more than 5 minutes in Britain, everyone makes plans to hit the beach, this is exactly what I did last week and ended up in Llandudno, the ‘Queen of the Welsh resorts’, the beautiful seaside resort situated on the Creuddyn peninsula between the Irish sea and River Conwy.
1. The Beach
The first stop on any trip to the seaside has to be the beach and luckily for you, Llandudno has two, on one side you have the North beach, a two-mile stretch of sand, shingle and rock that curves from the Little Orme to the Pier, packed with activities that draw the crowds, including Punch & Judy to boat tours and train rides, but if this is too busy for your liking, the West shore is the perfect place to sun bathe in peace and quiet.
2. The Tram
Rising high above the towns skyline sits the Great Orme, a 207m high headland that has been in use since the Bronze age and has been on the tourist trail since Victorian times, this meant that a method was needed to take tourists from the bottom of the hill to the top, this came in 1902 in the form of the Great Orme Tramway, Britain’s only remaining cable operated street tramway and the most scenic way to reach the Summit complex.
3. The Pier
A good seaside resort always has a pier and Llandudno is no exception, sitting at the end of the North Shore, wrapped around the Grand Hotel, the wooden pier has sat on this spot since 1877 and is decorated in the Indian Gothic style, this is the place to head if you are looking for something fun to do, with arcades, shops and rides stretching the pier stretches 2295ft out into the Irish sea.
4. The Happy Valley
Nestled on the slopes of the Great Orme on the site of a former quarry, the Happy Valley is a series of landscaped gardens that include multiple activities to do and see, including an artificial ski slope, a toboggan run, the restored 1890 camera obscura and aerial cable car, which is the longest gondola lift in Britain.
5. The Great Orme/Marine Drive
No visit to the town would be complete without a trip to the top of the Great Orme, the beautiful headland that provides you with some of the best views over the North Welsh coast and the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the town center, all you have to do is choose your method of getting to the summit, either take the cable car, the tram, walk or you can drive up via the Marine Drive, a four mile scenic drive round the Orme, and right up the summit complex, a former relay station and hotel that includes restaurants, shops and a pub.
Another attraction that sits near the top of the Orme is the Neolithic Copper Mines, which take you deep down into largest prehistoric mine so far discovered in the world, using tunnels that were first made over 4000 years ago.
6. The Conwy
Positioned on the banks of the River Conwy, opposite to the Llandudno West Shore is Conwy, a walled market town that sits in the shadow of the impressive Conwy Castle and includes multiple tourist attractions including the National Trust owned Aberconwy House, Plas Mawr and the Quay House, which is in the Guinness Book of Records for being the Smallest House in Great Britain.