Llandudno: Because sometimes all you need is a beach and a smile
Llandudno Pier and Promenade
While enjoying a holiday in Llandudno, the Llandudno Pier is one of the best attractions to visit. Llandudno Pier is the longest Pier in Wales, stretching 700 metres over the sea and offers amazing views of the Irish Sea and the North Wales Coast. In addition to the breathtaking views, there are many attractions on and near the pier that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Small shops line the start of the pier, selling drinks, ice creams, candy floss, and souvenirs representing Llandudno and other local Welsh areas.
A large number of stores follow the arcade until the end of the pier is reached. A main cafe is reached after a walk of about 10/15 minutes. The cafe offers hot meals, sandwiches, cold drinks and hot drinks.
There is also a fishing platform which gives you an opportunity to catch your own food! Fishing is allowed on the Pier Landing Stage between 8am and 6pm (off season) and 8am to 10pm (main season). You can buy fishing permits which are available for £5 per person from the cafe.
Great Orme Tramway
Built in 1902, the Great Orme Tramway is one of the last cable-operated tramways in Great Britain and one of very few still in operation around the world. This makes it a truly unique attraction.
From Victoria Station, the tram ascends 1500m to the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve. To reach the summit of the Great Orme, you can change trams at the Halfway Station. At the summit, you will find breathtaking views. There is a chance of seeing the Isle of Man, Blackpool, and the Lake District on a clear day!
Visiting the Summit Complex with your family is the best way to spend time together. You can enjoy a cafe, gift shop, park and mini golf course.
The Great Orme Tramway is definitely one of the must things to do in Llandudno.
West Shore Beach
Llandudno West Shore Beach looks out over Conwy Sands from below the Great Orme limestone headland. Kite surfing and kite buggying can both be enjoyed on this beach due to its extensive shallow water and extensive sands at low tide.
There are stunning views over Conwy and out towards Anglesey, and it is less crowded than the more developed North Shore beach. There is also a cafe with parking and toilet facilities by the beach.
Great Orme & Copper Mines
Llandudno is home to the Great Orme Mines, which contain 5 miles of tunnels and passageways. In 2005, the Guinness World Records team named it the world’s largest prehistoric copper mine.
During a landscaping project on the Great Orme in 1987, copper mines were discovered below the surface, representing one of the most astonishing archaeological discoveries in recent time.
Taking a trip to the Great Orme Mines is a fun and educational experience that can be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. Through the tunnels mined out over 3,500 years ago, visitors can experience the harsh conditions our prehistoric ancestors faced while searching for copper. During the tour, you will get a chance to visit the amazing Bronze Age Cavern, which was dug out by miners using nothing more than stone and bone tools over 3,500 years ago.
Happy Valley Gardens
On the side of the Great Orme in Llandudno is Happy Valley, a nature reserve filled with animals and plants, a putting green, a ski slope, and a cable car base station.
There is a large grass area in the lower part of the park, which is ideal for picnics and for playing with the dog, and which offers spectacular sea views of Llandudno Pier.
A paved walkway leads through Happy Valley above the large, grassy area, up through the trees and past exotic plants and ponds with beautiful views all along the way! The park is home to different types of wildlife and plants.
There are many Alice in Wonderland statues scattered around Happy Valley (and the rest of Llandudno). Pick up a town trail map from the visitor centre or download the interactive app so you can follow the white rabbit and find them all!
Great Orme Cable Cars
As you glide from the quaint coastal town up to the Great Orme Summit, experience moments of exhilaration and tranquillity as you take in the stunning aerial views of Llandudno on the Great Orme Cable Cars.
The highest point of the cable car is over 80 feet above the valley floor, perfect for taking panoramic photographs. Approximately 17 tons of four-seater cars are carried on an endless steel cable that is more than two miles long.
In about nine minutes, a leisurely steel rope journey will bring you to the summit, which is just over a mile away.You can choose a return or single from Happy Valley or the summit, where there is a cafe. You can also enjoy amazing views of Anglesey, Puffin Island and Snowdonia when you reach the summit.
Bodafon Farm Park
The Bodafon Farm Park in Llandudno is an active farm which offers free admission, an animal trail, and play area perfect for family outings. Bodafon Farm is a genuine working farm and home to the Owls Trust.
The farm is close to the Llandudno seafront and benefits from views over the bay and Great Orme. Visitors can take walks around the farm and feed their goats, deer, and llamas as well as view their large collection of owls. A tractor ride, pony ride or mini tractor can also be enjoyed. This is a great activity for the kids to enjoy.
Llandudno Ski Slope
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to ski near a beach? In Llandudno you’ll find just that! Llandudno has an amazing artificial ski slope where kids and adults can have fun while exploring exhilarating adventures.
Located around 415 feet above sea level, the Llandudno Ski and Snowboard Centre is a popular winter sports destination. It is estimated that the length of the dry ski slope is 280 metres, which is the longest toboggan run in Britain.
There are various types of ski and snowboard lessons available for different ages and abilities. Activities like snow-tubing and tobogganing are also available at the centre.
No matter what kind of skier or snowboarder you are, this slope provides everything you could want from a ski or snowboard day. It is one of the town’s top attractions!