Llandudno Tourist Information, Travel Advice, Pictures and Things to do
Llandudno is a traditional British Seaside town located in North Wales. Llandudno and Conwy County are some of the most attractive holiday destinations in Britain. You will most certainly
find your dream holiday experience from the wide range of hotels and cottages that are available to suit anyone and everyone.
Some Interesting Facts about Llandudno
Port Wrexham was what Llandudno was originally planned to be named when St George’s Harbour & Railway planned to develop the region as an export base for coal. Then eventually what seemed like a good idea to name Llandudno as Port Wrexham was abandoned as Llandudno emerged as a holiday destination.
Over 30 shipwreck remains can be found in Llandudno Bay with one of the oldest being the Phoenix which was a warship that wrecked in 1642.
There was a tragic crash in 1932 involving the famous Great Orme Tram which resulted in 2 fatalities. Since then, multi million pounds worth of investment has ensured no such accident is repeated.
History linking to Bronze Age – Great Orme houses approximately 4 miles of manmade tunnels some of which are nearly 4000 years old and used for copper mining. Llandudno had the largest copper mine in Europe and evidences suggest that some may have even be dug by young children due to the small size of the tunnels.
Kashmir Goats – These goats found grazing in Great Orme were first introduced by Lord Mostyn in the 19th Century when they were turned in to fashion icon when Queen Victoria received a pair as present. A wild herd of approximately 200 Kashmir Goats can be found roaming today which are managed by Conwy County Council.
Things to do and places to visit in Llandudno
Llandudno Bay & North Shore
This is a two mile long seaside destination comprised of sand, rock and shingles situated between the headlands of Little Orme and Great Orme.
On the North Shore, there is wide Victorian promenade that is separated by a strip of beautiful garden from the The Parade. Many hotels are located on The Parade and each block within The Parade has its own name. There are plenty of things going on almost everyday on the wide walkway by the beach to entertain visitors.
North Wales Theatre and The North Wales Conference Centre are also located near Llandudno Bay. There is also the Llandudno Yacht Club at the end of The Parade and many more guest houses that can be easily reached.
The West Shore in Llandudno
This is a relatively quiet beach situated on the estuary of the River Conwy. Accomodation is within easy reach in terms of hotels and guest houses. The West Shore is connected to the North Shore by Gloddaeth Avenue and is approximately 20 mins walk. There is a small childrens play area by the beach with plenty of things to keep children busy playing too along side a small pool of water with graceful swans and ducks.
The pier is located on the North Shore and has won numerous awards for its beauty and spectacular views. The pier was built in 1878 and extends over 700m making it one of the longest in Wales. The pier is also listed as a Grade II building for preservation purposes.
From the very end of the pier, the mountain ranges of Snowdonia can be seen towering over the town on a clear day.
Llandudno Pier, North Parade, Llandudno, Gwynedd, LL30 2LP
Phone: 01492 870346
Originally a quarry, it was given to the town in 1887 by the third Baron Mostyn for use as a public park to commemorate the fiftieth jubilee of Queen Victoria. The park has been planted out transforming in to a magnificent garden and have since made suitable for public. Lady Augusta Mostyn unveiled the drinking fountain in 1890 and is now a CADW listed structure. Within the park there is a unique combination of formal gardens, woodland walks and many caves to explore.
Within the terraced sections there is an Alpine Garden and a pond, which provide a welcome splash of colour during the summer amongst the rockery and gravel areas.
The Elephant Cave is one of a number of caves within the park which are remnants of the quarry. The caves lie within magnificent grassland and woodland overlooked by steeply climbing limestone cliffs.
More things to do and places to visit in Llandudno, pictures and ideas
The Bardic Circle within the central formal lawns mark the second occasion the National Ersteddfod was held in 1963. The stones unsed in the 1896 Bardic Circle are known to have been used in the rockeries at Haulfre Gardens.
Llandudno has a long history with Lewis Carroll and his character Alice in Wonderland which was commemorated in 2002 with the creation of several sculptures of scenes and characters from the tales by utilising trees felled during the maintenance within the park. The sculptures have been arranged along a trail through the mature pine trees and include The Mad Hatters tea party complete with picnic table!
Tobogganing in Happy Valley, Llandudno
Llandudno Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre offer the longest toboggan run in Britain and a Scenic Permasnow ski slope. At an amazing 750m run, the experience is exhilarating with the ride starting at the bottom of the hill climbing 250m offering fantastic panoramic views of Llandudno bay. It is ideal for parties, group bookings or just as a fun afternoon out with family.
Rules and Restrictions for Tobogganing in Llandudno
Children under 4 can not ride, 4-7 years old have to ride with an adult aged 16 or over. It is open every day from 10 am and the run is dependant on weather and closing times may vary. You can contact the authorities to confirm at 01492 874707 or email them at jnl-llandudno @ nikegroup .co.uk
Address for Tobogganing in Llandudno:
Llandudno Ski Centre, John Nike Leisuresport Complex, Great Orme
Llandudno, LL30 2LR, Wales
Cable Car in Llandudno
The Cable Car in Happy Valley opened in 1969 and is the longest of its kind in the UK.
Great Ormes Head, Llandudno, Gwynedd, LL30 2XF
Phone: 01492 877205