But a stride from the cenotaph
is this traditional starting point for local tour buses and a focus of
Llandudno's traditional involvement with transport. It is from here
that Llandudno's copper mine output was first transported to the world.
The first visitors were rowed ashore at this point. Trippers came daily
from Liverpool by steamer and were landed at the famous pier.
Today the local boatmen continue to offer
half-hour trips round the Great Orme from the jetties. To the
traditional inshore boats have been added modern power-jet speed boats.
Alpine's vintage tour buses
take a leisurely trip round the Marine Drive and their open top double
deckers operate Guide Friday - Citytours to Conwy and Back via a
circular route. From here their latest air-conditioned coaches take
to Snowdonia and all other parts of North Wales.
This veteran Guy tour bus is
preserved by enthusiasts and still makes occasional trips round the
Great Orme just as it did when it was bought new by Llandudno Urban
Photograph by Eileen Siven, July 2003
For a hundred and forty years Professor Codman (and his descendants)
delighted kids and their parents with this Punch and Judy show
their traditional spot.
Whilst children build their
castles in the sand, the Local Boatmen offer trips round
the headland from the inshore jetty near the pier.