Llandudno has been referred to as the “Queen of the Welsh Resorts”, it’s the biggest seaside resort town in Wales. It can be easily characterised by its long promenade which is overlooked by rows of Victorian buildings that make up the South Parade.
With a population of around 20,000 (including the surrounding community), Llandudno boasts a wide variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment in the local area whilst retaining its tranquil place by the seaside. There is plenty to do in Llandudno, with all age groups being catered for. The beautiful hotels in Llandudno offer panoramic views of the Llandudno Bay, and the Little and Great Orme.
A previous Pier of the Year award winner back in 2005, Llandudno Pier is definitely worth a visit while you’re in town. The Grade II listed building is the fifth longest in Britain (and the longest in Wales), and with its Indian Gothic style, it has a unique beauty associated with it. There are plenty of the traditional classic attractions on offer, including fairground rides, amusement arcades, a cafe and bar. In the summer, you can also be entertained by the beloved puppet show, Punch & Judy – this particular show has been running since 1860.
This was once a quarry, but has since been developed into the beautiful gardens that you can visit today for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. It’s home to a putting green, lush lawns, lovely walks and even an artificial ski slope that you can glide down. If all that isn’t enough, why not have a go on the toboggan run? Or maybe even a ride on the Great Orme cable cars?
North Shore Beach
This is the larger of Llandudno’s two beaches, and it looks out onto Llandudno Bay in a beautiful setting between the two limestone headlands of the Great and Little Ormes – offering a beach which stretches for two miles in length, so there’s plenty of sand to build those favourite holiday castles! The beach has been given the Seaside Award, which means that you know it’s a beach that has been both well-managed and exceptionally clean in terms of both the sand and the water.
The Great Orme
This impressive headland which juts out into the Irish Sea, rises to a height of 679 feet, and covers an area of approximately two square miles. As a properly managed nature reserve it is home to a number of different endangered species of both animal and plant life. A familiar sight to locals, and the rest of the world (thanks to the power of social media) are the Great Orme Goats, who have been beloved residents here for over 100 years.
The views from the top of the Great Orme are absolutely incredible, looking out over Llandudno Bay is impressive but on a clear day it is really impressive as you can sometimes see all the way to the Isle of Man.