Best Tourist Attractions in Llandudno

Llandudno is a pretty coastal town in North Wales, known for its 19th-century pier and Victorian style promenade hotels. The iconic Great Orme headland juts out into the sea, and hides ancient tunnels leading to the mines. Llandudno is full of hidden and exciting tourist attractions, and staying at a Llandudno hotel is the best way to fully appreciate and experience what this holiday destination has to offer. With a boutique and relaxed atmosphere, this hotel Llandudno will help you start your holiday off on the right foot; set in a beautiful position overlooking the pier and promenade, the sea views are unparalleled. 

The Great Orme (Tramway, Cable Car, Mines)

The Great Orme is a limestone headland on the North coast of Wales. Parts of the Great Orme are managed as a nature reserve by Conwy Council – this includes several protective designations including Special Area of Conservation, Heritage Coast and Site of Special Scientific Interest. There are numerous maintained paths for walking to the summit. 

  • Great Orme Tramway

This lovely attraction is a firm visitor favourite, a cable-hauled 3ft g gauge tramway – open seasonally from late March to late October, taking over 200,000 passengers each year from Llandudno Victoria station, to just below the summit of the Great Orme headland. 

  • Llandudno Cable Car

A popular attraction, the cable car runs along the Great Orme, spanning a distance of one mile and forty feet precisely. The cable car was opened in the summer of 1969, and has been fully operational ever since. The cabins give wonderful panoramic views of the Irish Sea as well as Snowdonia National Park. 

  • Great Orme Mines

The world’s largest prehistoric copper mines. Uncovered in 1987 during a scheme to landscape an area of the Orme, the copper mines that were discovered represent one of the most astounding archaeological discoveries of recent years. The mines date back 4,000 years to the Bronze Age, and they have changed the way we view the ancient people of Britain. 

Llandudno Pier

The glorious Llandudno Pier is a Grade II listed pier, and at 2,295 feet is the longest in Wales. A premier attraction to visit when in the area. Offering superb views of the coast and the Orme. Indulge in tasty treats such as donuts, ice cream and hot dogs, browse the shops, or spend a few hours in the arcades enjoying some family fun. 

MOSTYN Gallery

The gallery holds the prestigious claim of being the foremost contemporary gallery and visual arts centre in Wales. The six gallery spaces exhibit the best in international contemporary art and crafts, showcasing artists and makers from Wales and beyond. With seasonally changing exhibitions, there is always something new and exciting to be appreciated.

Happy Valley Botanical Gardens

The Happy Valley is a sheltered hollow on the eastern side of the Great Orme. It is a listed park, and was dedicated to the town of Llandudno by Lord Mostyn in 1887 in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The lower slopes of the park consists mainly of informal gardens with a tea pavilion and entertainment centre. Above Happy Valley, there is Pen y Dinas, a scheduled ancient monument and the site of an Iron Age hill fort. 

 

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