Our Llandudno seafront hotel puts us right in the heart of all the fantastic activities that the town of Llandudno offers. The popular seaside resort offers its guests a number of great days out, including cable car rides and scenic coastal strolls.
The first signs of spring will soon be emerging, so here are some activity ideas you might want to try if you’ll be visiting Llandudno in the near future.
Explore the Great Orme
If you’re familiar with the town of Llandudno, there’s no doubt you’re aware of its best natural wonder – the Great Orme. This limestone headland is the feature of many postcards within the gift shops of Llandudno, and is a popular spot for both visitors and locals of the town.
The Orme is home to a herd of Kashmir goats – around 200 of them. This particular herd were first introduced to the headland during the 19th century, and can be seen grazing there throughout the year.
The Royal Welsh regiment of the British Army are permitted to choose a goat from the herd to become their regimental goat, where it will receive the rank corporal!
To reach the top of the Great Orme, you can either walk or drive all the way up. If you feel like the challenge, the walk takes about an hour and a half on average. The path is unexpectedly rather steep, but you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views of the surrounding landscape on your way up.
Once you’ve reached the top, there are a number of facilities, including a café, parking spaces and toilets.
A Stroll along the Promenade
If you’re looking for a relaxing day out in Llandudno, a relaxing walk along the promenade won’t go amiss. Even on chillier days, the walk is incredibly refreshing, with fantastic views out onto the Irish Sea.
Once you’ve walked along the promenade, the pier should be your next stop. First opened in 1877, the Llandudno pier has since been a popular tourist choice for so many over the years.
It’s been the choice for a number of period television dramas, as well as featuring in an advert for Volkswagen cars in 2013.
Along the pier, you’ll find a number of stalls and shops offering everything from beach accessories to hot dogs and chips. If you think of yourself as a bit of a small-time gambler, you’ll enjoy the huge amount of arcade machines that can be found on the Leisure Island part of the pier. The arcades are open throughout the year, so if you feel like trying your luck on the penny machines or perhaps winning a stuffed toy for someone, you’ll want to make a stop here.
The Great Orme Tramway
This tramway takes its guests right up to the summit of the Great Orme. It’s a good option if you don’t want to drive or walk up, and offers a unique experience. It has been a part of Llandudno since 1902, and still carries its traditional appearance.
The tramway carries around 160,000 passengers a year up to the summit of the Great Orme!
It costs £7 for an adult return, and £5 for a child. You’re able to catch whichever return ride you please, so it all depends on how long you want to spend enjoying the sights of the Great Orme.
Happy Valley Gardens
The Happy Valley gardens are located close to the Great Orme, and are a wonderful place to relax with a picnic on warmer days here in Llandudno. The gardens have been landscaped with beautiful trees and flowers, which really come to life during the spring months.
The Happy Valley gardens can be found on the Eastern side of the Great Orme, and are next to the Marine Drive road which leads cars up to the summit.
Take a Ride on the Cable Cars
Also found in Happy Valley are the Llandudno cable cars. These cable cars have been a popular activity within Llandudno since they first opened in 1969. During the ride, you’ll experience inspiring panoramic views of Llandudno, the Conwy Estuary and the Irish Sea from 679 feet up.
The whole journey takes around ten minutes, so get your camera ready for some really fantastic coastal snaps.