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.
Take a Cable Car Trip with views of Snowdonia
The summit of the Great Orme stands 679 feet above the promenade and offers sensational views of the town Anglesey, Puffin Island and the Snowdonia National Park. The Great Orme Summit Complex is open daily from Easter to November and at weekends for the rest of the year. Facilities include cafes, bars, gift shops, amusements, adventure golf and an Olde Victorian Picture House. The nearby Visitor Centre is open daily from Easter to October and provides information about the seabirds and other wildlife that inhabit the headland.
The energetic are able to reach the summit on foot, but the Great Orme also has two unusual methods of transport to assist those unable (or unwilling!) to walk. The Great Orme Tramway is Britain's only cable hauled street tramway. Four Victorian tramcars offer stunning views of Llandudno Bay as they regularly carry visitors between the Promenade and the summit .
The Great Orme is also home to the longest cable car in Britain. A trip from Happy Valley Gardens (just behind the pier) to the summit takes about 10 minutes and offers unrivalled views of Llandudno Bay, The Little Orme and The Conwy Estuary.
While landscaping the Great Orme in 1987, archaeologists discovered a Bronze Age copper mine dating back almost 4000 years. Great Orme Cooper Mines claims to be "the oldest metal mine open to the public in the world". From mid March to mid October, visitors can explore a labyrinth of passages and discover how our ancestors turned rock into metal.
Victorian Shops and Wartime Memories
Back in the town there is still plenty to see and do. Explore Happy Valley Gardens or wander along the pier. A visit to the Llandudno Museum on Gloddaeth Street will show what life was like in the area from Roman times to wartime and will demonstrate how the area developed into the popular resort it is today. The Home Front Experience on New Street concentrates on life in the Second World War. Enjoy a 1940's style sing-song or experience the horrors of an air raid.
Still got time and money to spare? The Victoria Shopping Centre in the heart of town hosts 40 high street names including Boots, Evans, Dorothy Perkins and Vodaphone but has been designed with a Victorian theme to complement the surrounding architecture.
Llandudno is an excellent base for touring North Wales, with Conwy Castle, The Snowdonia National Park and The Isle of Anglesey all within easy reach. During the summer, a regular open top bus service links the tourist attractions of Llandudno and nearby Conwy.
Getting to Llandudno is relatively easy the A55 North Wales Coast Road provides a fast effective link with the motorway network and there are regular direct rail services to Chester and Manchester.