Llandudno is set on a rugged coastline, nestling between the Great and Little Orme, overlooking the Irish Sea. The resort lies at the foot of Snowdonia National Park and just a short distance away from the Isle of Anglesey.
Llandudno is Wales’ largest resort with a magnificent crescent of hotels, broad tree-lined streets and elegant shops. Llandudno has a kaleidoscope of diverse activities with something for everyone. There are two golf courses, bowling greens and tennis and badminton at its sports centre. A Victorian tramway and a spectacular cable car offer a route to the summit of the Great Orme, offering incredible views and fascinating wildlife.
There is an abundance of historic and cultural sites, including Bronze Age mines, Roman roads, Druidic ruins and medieval castles as well as art galleries and exhibitions, such as the Oriel Mostyn. With its festivals, events, concerts, fairs and special displays, Llandudno guarantees that there is never a dull moment.
The resort is surrounded by places of natural beauty, as well as bustling towns and picturesque villages. Snowdonia with its mountain range and deep valleys is a contrast of breathtaking panoramic views, teeming wildlife and intriguing rivers, lakes and streams.
The coast is a mixture of bustling harbours and historical treasures such as the imposing medieval castles at Conwy and Caernarvon and their walled towns. It is this heady mix of contrasts which have helped to establish Llandudno as one of Wales' best loved holiday resorts.
The town centre consists of carefully preserved architecture placed within a superb natural setting. The Victorian Shopping Centre, one of the largest indoor shopping centres in Wales, offers both quality and value as well as award-winning restaurants and tearooms.
Beach and Gardens
The resort boasts two superb bathing beaches and spectacular gardens. The lively north shore has a shingle beach and Victorian pier whilst the west shore boasts golden sands and panoramic views. The Bodnant Gardens, set above Llandudno, have magnificent plantations and command excellent views across the resort and surrounding coastline.
Activities and Attractions
Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines
The oldest metal mine open to the public in the world. Explore the 3,500 year old passages leading to the amazing prehistoric cavern.
Great Orme Country Park
Dramatic limestone headland so renowned for its wildlife and history that much of it been designated a Special Area of Conservation, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Heritage Coast. The Visitor Centre includes interactive displays and video presentations of the area.
Happy Valley Gardens nestles in a sheltered hollow on the eastern side of Great Orme, with spectacular views of the surrounding coastline. Contained within the gardens are many rare and tropical plants, as well as picnic areas, coffee shop and observation platforms.
Welsh Mountain Zoo
In a spectacular setting overlooking Colwyn Bay and Snowdonia, the zoo is home to many interesting species. A seasonal free minibus operates from Colwyn Bay railway station.
Home Front Museum
Experience the sights and sounds of civilian life during WWII with a number of interesting exhibits and artefacts.
Great Orme Tramway
Britain's only cable-hauled, public road tramway (and one of only three still in existence in the world) still uses the original Victorian carriages.
Llandudno Cable Car
Enjoy spectacular views of Llandudno, the Little Orme, the Conwy Estuary and beyond.
Llandudno Ski Centre
Provides facilities for skiing and snowboarding. Open all year round (subject to weather conditions).
A blossoming art gallery with exciting exhibitions of contemporary art from around the world.
One of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, with over 80 acres of terraces and plants from all over the world.
Llanduno Victorian Extravaganza
The town celebrates its Victorian heritage with events, attractions and exhibits in a four day extravaganza.
Llangollen International Eisteddfod
Taking place in early July, this is a world-renowned festival of music, song and dance with competitors from over 50 countries taking part.
Llangollen Fringe Festival
Music, dance, comedy and celebrity guests, held in July.
Llandudno Transport Festival
Held in conjunction with the Victorian Extravaganza, the festival showcases over 1,000 vehicles, including classic and vintage cars, buses, agricultural machinery and military vehicles.
Abergele Carnival is held over the first weekend in July and features stalls, a street parade and fun fair.
The town of Tywyn, along with Talyllyn Railway, presents a five day Victorian extravaganza.
Conwy Classical Music Festival takes place over a week in July and presents lunchtime and evening classical concerts in St Mary's Church, Conwy.
Conwy River Festival
Nine days of on and off shore activities and entertainment.
Denbigh Midsummer Festival
One of North Wales' most established festivals features a week of music, drama, exhibitions and poetry at a number of venues around the town.
Llandudno Christmas Fayre (Formally known as Celtic Winter Fayre) is held in November and features over 100 stalls selling a range of authentic foods and crafts.
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Places of Interest
Llangollen is an ancient town on the River Dee, home to the International Eisteddfod. Its narrow streets, quaint canals with their horse-drawn boats and numerous historic properties make it an intriguing and pleasant place to visit.
Caernarfon, situated at the foot of Snowdon, is dominated by its magnificent castle where Edward VII was made Prince of Wales. There is also a bustling harbour, numerous craft shops and some fine restaurants.
A delighful journey into the Vale of Clwyd arrives at the heart of Welsh woodland and the picturesque beauty spot of Swallow Falls.
Rhyl and Prestatyn
Rhyl is a typical seaside town with an excellent shopping centre and the well-known Pavilion Theatre which stages top summer shows. Prestatyn offers a lovely promenade which links the town's four beaches, as well as the remains of a Roman bath house.
Built by Edward I, the majestic castle towers imperiously above the medieval walled town of Conwy.
The island offers beaches, wildlife and history as well as a flavour of the unique modern Welsh culture and language. Anglesey is also home to Llanfair PG - the village with the longest name in the British Isles.
Bangor is an ancient university and cathedral town with a unique character. Explore magnificent Penrhyn Castle with its panoramic views over Snowdonia, which has arguably one of the finest private art collections in Wales. Relive over 2,000 years of history with a visit to Bangor Museum and Art Gallery, or take a leisurely stroll along the 1,500ft Victorian pier. www.northwales.co.uk