Llandudno lies on a peninsula
notable carboniferous headlands,
the Great Orme and the Little Orme (both within the Conwy County Borough),
with the Irish Sea on one side and the estuary of the River Conwy on the other.
It is these headlands and the two waterfronts, the North Shore and the West Shore,
together with the fine bay that give the tourist resort of Llandudno its special appeal.
Here Punch and Judy still entertain children
and fond parents in the traditional manner,
just as they have always done. ‘Professor’ Codman
brought Punch to Llandudno in 1860 and the Codman family
still run the puppet show daily during the summer on the wide promenade
near the pier at the foot of the Great Orme (photo May 2008).
Donkey and Pony Rides have been popular on
Llandudno’s sandy beach
for over 125 years and continue to appeal to the children of all ages.
They were introduced by Elizabeth Hughes (the Donkey Lady)
and her family continue the tradition with others to the present day.
At Llandudno there are usually donkey rides
available on the immaculate north beach
on all sunny summer days, subject to the tide tables.
2,295 foot long Llandudno
greatly admired by Sir John Betjeman, was built in 1878.
It is the longest pier in Wales and one of the finest recreational piers in Britain.
A British Tourist Authority report in 1975 said of it….
‘It zooms out of the sea …. in a spectacular Indian Gothic style
rather like a Maharajah's palace floating on a lake.
Cast iron, brackets of iron lace work,
an outstandingly pretty balustrade like an enlarged fish net,
ogee roofs curling away to the sky, all add up to a totally pleasurable experience’
and in addition, it should be noted, a fine level wooden deck for easy walking.
which was rebuilt in concrete in 1969, is still used
by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for occasional excursions to Douglas
and by the Waverley and Balmoral Steamer Preservation organizations.
Sunday 2006 on the Promenade at Llandudno
boat trips from the Llandudno promenade jetties operate daily in the
The Town Trail
Llandudno is proud of its carefully planned Victorian town centre with its wide streets and attractive sea front including its broad uncluttered promenade and invites visitors to take the town trail, which is a carefully planned walk round Llandudno's interesting streets. You are welcome to follow the walk on the internet:
Llandudno has two great beaches, the north shore with its many hotels (a few seen here) and its wide promenade, and the west shore (see below) with fewer hotels and a quiet relaxed environment.
The West Shore
Made famous by the house at Pen Morfa that was built by the Very Revd Dr Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church Oxford and the father of Alice, of 'Wonderland' and 'Looking Glass' fame, who with the family spent 12 happy summers, Christmases and Easters here at Llandudno. The town is very proud of this connexion and almost opposite Pen Morfa is the West Shore's fine model boating pond and also a sculpture in honour of Alice, which was unveiled by David Lloyd George in 1933. The west shore, linked to the north shore by Gloddaeth Avenue is at the western end of the Marine Drive (see below) that runs for four miles from its start on the north shore below in the Happy Valley and just beyond the pier.
The Happy Valley
This sheltered dry valley, formerly a copper mining site and later a stone quarry was landscaped and given to the township of Llandudno by Lord Mostyn in celebration of the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria. Click the picture. The Happy Valley gardens are the starting point of the aerial cabin car to the summit of the Great Orme, which with a length of over a mile is the longest aerial cableway in the British Isles. Higher up the valley is the Llandudno artificial ski slope. Whatever your interests, the Happy Valley has much to offer.
The Marine Drive
The four mile Victorian carriage drive around the perimeter of the Great Orme is one of Llandudno's more important assets. It gives access to Saint Tudno's Church and to the Summit Complex as well as to several remote parts of the headland. Above all, the drive is a most wonderful scenic trip. For the first three miles from its start just beyond the pier gates, it is one way only. Many people walk round which is a most excellent way of seeing the Great Orme at its most majestic. Do try the Marine Drive, on foot, by bicycle or by car. And there is also a grand vintage motor coach trip round the Great Orme throughout most of the year.
Saint Tudno and the Great Orme
The little church of Saint Tudno nestles in a north facing hollow on the Great Orme and is the original parish church of the district of Llandudno. The adjacent town cemetery is still in regular use. Open air Church services are held every Sunday Morning during the summer.
The Great Orme Tramway
Llandudno's Great Orme Tramway is a remarkable historical survival and celebrated it centenary in 2002. It is one of only three cable hauled street tramways still in existence world wide. The other two are in San Francisco USA and Lisbon, Portugal. For a fully illustrated description of this famous tramway and a brief history of the line click on the picture of the tramcar climbing the 1 in 4 gradient at the Blackbrook intersection of five roads and the tramway. It will take you, in two easy stages, right to the top. Trams operate at frequent intervals throughout most of the year.
The Great Orme Aerial Cable Car
The Cable Car from the Happy Valley to the Great Orme Summit is, at over one mile each way, the longest Aerial Cabin Lift in the United Kingdom, offering fantastic views.
Photograph right © Elwyn Jones
taken August 18th 2008
The Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza
The annual Spring carnival in May each year becomes ever more popular with young and old and especially with families - please click here or on one of the pictures below:
Replica of a 19th century London Steam Bus (the world's first ever steam bus) in the 2003 procession. This remarkable vehicle really is controlled by the coachman sitting precariously out in front, but with steam horse-power snarling away behind him. This is one of many veteran and replica vehicles taking part in the parade each year. Some are old friends, they come every year and others make a single guest appearance. There are usually twenty or more steam powered vehicles and an increasing number of diesel and petrol veteran and vintage vehicles of all descriptions, which visit the resort to take part in the daily parade.
(two photos above © Stephen Watson 2007)
Every year the May bank holiday weekend becomes Llandudno's Victorian Extravaganza. The main shopping street is closed to all traffic and becomes home to traditional fairground rides, a very great many and with all the usual catch penny booths and street entertainers.
Give it a go! Come to Llandudno for the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.
Llandudno includes Craig-y-Don & Llanrhos
Places to visit from Llandudno
Llandudno is a fine centre from which to tour Snowdonia and other parts of North Wales click on this picture of Caernarfon Castle for details of excursions by touring coach and our excellent public transport, together with lots of ideas for visits by private car or touring cycle. Many of the bus services are geared to the needs of walkers.
Links to many other web pages devoted to local places of interest and to the North Wales Tourism scene. Click here or on the picture!
Llandudno Queen of the North Wales Resorts
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