Travel | Llandudno

If the sun pops out for over 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 sunbathe in peace and quiet.

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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.

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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.

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4. The Happy Valley

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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.

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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 centre, 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 around 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 takes you deep down into the largest prehistoric mine discovered anywhere in the world, using tunnels that were first made over 4000 years ago.

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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 Quay House, the Guinness Book of Records Smallest House in Great Britain.

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  1. Ooh this looks so lovely! I visited Wales for the first time properly last year and loved it. Got to return to explore further though x

      1. We visited the vineyard Glydwr in Cowbridge, and stayed in their cottage on site. Beautiful. And we got some wine to take home with us x

  2. Wow, the photos look amazing. We visited Llandudno in December, it was so cold and bitter. Everything had pretty much closed for the season. We made it onto the beach to throw stones into the sea, and walked along the pier. Looks like we missed a lot of other opportunities, perfect reason to go back in the summer. 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on 100 Days Out and commented:
    The town of Llandudno stands on the North Wales coast, approximately 40 miles west of the historic Roman City of Chester. The promenade stretches between two headlands, The Great Orme dominates the west end of the bay and the smaller Little Orme at the east end separates the town from the neighbouring resort of Colwyn Bay.

  4. Wales is one of my favorite spots that I wasn’t able to spend nearly enough time in (and admittedly, was too young to properly appreciate). Gorgeous photos; thanks for sharing!

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