Llandudnos top attractions

By: Chrisbest
If you're looking for something to do in North Wales then Llandudno is your perfect destination. This Victorian town is a jewel of the North Wales coast and is picture perfect with the Great Orme and beautiful bay. The town is home to some of the regions best attractions from the North Wales Theatre and Conference Centre to the Great Orme Tramway and Victorian Pier.

Llandudno's Great Orme is a beautiful backdrop to the town and home to some of its premier attractions. One of the best ways to reach the summit is on the Great Orme Tramway which journeys from the base station close to the town centre all the way the summit over 600 feet above. You change trams at the Half Way Station before passing the Great Orme Copper Mines which are over 4000 years old.

The Great Orme Copper Mines are a short walk from the Half Way station. Alternatively car parking is available if you decide to take in this attraction on a separate trip. The Copper Mines were discovered about 20 years ago and show a fascinating insight into the history of the Great Orme and its earliest inhabitants. They are believed to date from over 4000 years ago and visitors can delve underground through the ancient passages.

The Great Orme Summit Complex consists of a variety of attractions from a bar and restaurant to the Great Orme Visitor centre. The summit is the terminus for both the Great Orme Tramway and the Great Orme Cable Car and on a clear day you can see Snowdonia and Anglesey.

The upper terminal of the Great Orme Cable Car is at the summit. Get onboard for some terriffic views of the Orme as you journey back towards the town centre. On the way you pass over Ski Llandudno, North Wales biggest dry ski slope and toboggan run. Further down grab your camera for some great pictures of Llandudno Bay and promenade.

At 200 metres Ski Llandudno is the longest dry ski slope in north Wales and offers both a beginners slope and more advanced runs. As well as the dry ski slope the centre is also home to the Llandudno Toboggan which runs from the top of the complex and twists and turns for over 750 metres. The toboggan is suitable for most ages but younger children should be accompanied by an adult. After all the fun on the slopes the Ski Lodge offers a great place to relax and get some refreshments and offers drinks and food.

Happy Valley is close to the foot of the Great Orme and offers a large ornamental garden as well as a large play area where the children can burn off a bit of energy. Happy Valley is sheltered on two sides by the Great Orme and offers a peaceful retreat to relax and enjoy the sunshine. Happy Valley also offers some terrific views of Llandudno Pier which is the longest pier in Wales.

One of Llandudno's most instantly recognisable features is its Victorian Pier. The pier was built over 100 years ago and is the longest in Wales and fifth longest in Britain at 2295ft. It's almost worth a trip along the pier just for the views of Llanduno's Great Orme and bay. The first part of the pier is packed with small shops and stalls as well as fun rides for the kids whilst the later part is a relaxing walk towards the end passing fishermen on the way.

The North Theatre is the largest theatre and conference centre in North Wales. The theatre was recently renamed Venue Cymru and was given a major extension adding a restaurant and meeting facilities at the time. The theatre is a regular stopping point for bands and the best shows.

A trip to Llandudno would not be complete without a walk along the beautiful Victorian promenade. The promenade is lined with top quality hotels from the northern pier end almost all the way to the Little Orme in the distance. The promenade is wide enough to walk along without fear of dodging the crowds and of course leads onto Llandudno's north shore beach which is another great place for the family to relax.

At the southern end of Llandudno's promenade is Bodafon Farm Park and North Wales Bird Trust. The farm is open to the public allowing you to get up close and personal with the animals. It's a great place for the kids and after the farm animals take a look around the recently opened North Wales Bird sanctuary with many different species including both birds of prey and more tropical varieties.

Whether you're looking for a top quality hotel or budget bed and breakfast Llandudno has it all. As North Wales largest tourist destination there is a wide selection of choice available. The best hotels tend to be on the promenade with the guest houses and bed and breakfasts further back. Sea views are especially sought after but don't forget some of the best smaller establishments are a little further back.
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