The Great Orme is fully
integrated into the modern tourism and leisure aspects of Llandudno,
Orme is quite large enough to accommodate all these and also the small
community of Tyn y Coed and several farms, and still preserve the many
archaeological features that make this headland unique.
These are skilfully presented at the summit
information centre on the Great Orme's Head (Pen-y-Gogarth) and at
Museum in the town centre.
the northern side of the Great Orme, nestling in a sheltered hollow, is
church of Saint Tudno with its churchyard and the adjacent town
in regular use. This
little church, open daily during the season, was built in the 12th
century on a
Christian site dating from the 6th century and dedicated to the memory
founder St. Tudno (feast day June 5th). He was one of the seven sons of
Seithenyn whose legendary kingdom in Cardigan Bay was submerged by
activity. Each son in reparation for their father's neglect, so it was
studied in St. Dunawd's college at Bangor Iscoed (Bangor on Dee, near
Saint Tudno and other local saints are
discussed at the writer’s North
Hafan Hedd – Beautiful
Haven of Peace
established the Church on Cyngreawdr (the
great rock - the Great Orme). The Ogof Llech (a small cave on the
difficult of access, but with a clear spring of water) was Saint
surveys indicate that the Episcopal Manor of Gogarth (the area of
present Great Orme, which was given to the Bishop of Bangor by King
recognition of the bishop’s vital support in the baptism and promotion
first English Prince of Wales) included three townships, Gogarth in the
south-west (where the ruins of the Bishop of Bangor’s Palace survive),
Cyngreawdr to the north (the area centred on St. Tudno’s church), and
Wyddfid to the east, (overlooking the Happy Valley).
services are held
Saint Tudno’s Churchyard (see above) on Summer Sunday mornings (from
Sunday in May
until the end of September at 11 o’clock).
If wet, the service is held inside St.
Full details are on Saint Tudno's
Page on the Llandudno Parish Website.
Holy Trinity, the
Church in Wales (Anglican) parish church in Mostyn Street Llandudno,
principal service every Sunday morning at 10:30am. Full details
are on the Llandudno
There are four
the Church in Wales (Anglican) parish of Llanrhos (including Saint
Craig y Don) and full details are given on the Cytûn
Llandudno are members of Cytûn
– Churches Together
in Llandudno and details of all Church Services are at Llandudno Churches Together.
The Cytûn website also has a page devoted to Saint Tudno's Church
and its Services.
far from St Tudno’s on the high ground to the west are many glacial
including this one resembling an old-style cottage loaf. This is
Free Trade Loaf against which, in earlier times, trade bargains were
traditionally struck. Nowadays everyone uses shops, markets, and
and, of course, modern shopping centres.
Between St. Tudno’s
Loaf, near Ffynnon Rufeinig (Roman Well, near which Roman coins were
once found), is an area, shown in aerial
containing striking evidence of extensive ridge and furrow farming, and
is ‘Hwylfa’r Ceirw’, an ancient double row of stones.
updated May 2008 - photographs © Noel Walley)
Llandudno the Queen of North Wales