Get Wrapped up in Llandudno

Get Wrapped up in Llandudno

24 January 2019

In Welsh, double L's are pronounced sort of like a German CH crossed with clearing your throat crossed with TH. Phonetically Llandudno is more like Klah-n-dudno.

"Queen of the Welsh Resorts", a title first applied to Llandudno in 1864, and now the largest seaside resort in Wales. Though the destination is not solely about sand and sea, its dramatic backdrop of the Snowdonia national park means there are activities, walks and sights to see for all ages.

First let’s take a look back through the ages, this is Llandudno seaside in 1979!

Colwyn Bay

It's glory days as a resort can be traced back to Victorian times. The beach, a spacious stretch of sand backed by a three-mile promenade, is both a mixture of both sandy and shingle.

You’ll often find fishermen along the prom because it’s a hot spot for catching a bite, if you want to join in you can purchase a day fishing permit. Rod and tackle hire, bait and equipment are available at the fishing tackle shop located at the rear entrance of the Pier (on Happy Valley Road).

On a summers day, it is the perfect place to relax as it is large so not overcrowded, peaceful, and a complete traditional day out at the seaside.

Llandudno Promenade

The dramatic landscape, mountains and sea, work perfectly alongside the extensive crescent shaped Victorian Promenade. It is lovely and flat and remains one of the classiest sea fronts in the world, with stunning views all the way from the Great Orme to the Little Orme.

Completely pedestrianised makes it ideal for both the young and old to enjoy a leisurely stroll. It is very clean and well maintained, so perfect for scooters and wheelchairs.

At one end is an outdoor swimming pool and at the other a pier where in summer months you can enjoy one of the many shows and events, plus there is a lovely café there to tempt you walking slightly more ( ½ mile). This walkway provides a peaceful way to appreciate Llandudno's shore.

Llandudno pier

stretching 2,295 feet (700 m) over the sea, Llandudno Pier is the longest in Wales, and one of the UK’s finest, being voted "Pier of the Year 2005" by the members of the National Piers Society.

This outstanding iron pier was built in two phases and opened to the public on 1 August 1877, its main entrance from the promenade was added in 1884.

In addition to the shops selling goods ranging from buckets and spades, candles and retro memorabilia to fantastic photography of Llandudno Pier and Llandudno, there are two amusement arcades.

Activities to Try:

Great Orme

Second only to Snowdon itself, the Great Orme is an easily accessible mountain by the sea. You can ascend via a tram, chairlift, by car or on foot. Anyway you get there great views can be seen in all directions.

There is a cafe, visitor centre, old mini golf at the summit and you can even take a Copper mine tour, but the best thing to do by far is take in the views and go for a little walk.

Ascend by cable car

During the summer months the Great Orme Cable Car greets you with mesmerizing views of the city, hills and crystal clear waters. It runs a loop allowing you to ascend and descend easily. A return ticket will cost £10.50 and it goes from the Happy Valley to the Great Orme Summit.

The four seater cars are carried on an endless cable over two miles long and weighing over 17 tons, it is the longest Aerial Cabin Lift in the United Kingdom. It was built in 1969 and fully overhauled in 2006.

Welsh Mountain Zoo - National Zoo of Wales

The Welsh Mountain Zoo is set high above Colwyn Bay with panoramic views and breath taking scenery; alongside the conservation of its animals, it also is home to some well-kept and beautiful gardens, with wooded pathways.

It really is a different type of experience than your usual zoo, as the altitude means there are different species you might not find elsewhere, from red pandas to snow leopards.

Entrance costs range from £14 for an adult to £11.25 for a senior.

Bear in mind, being a mountain zoo does mean there are steep paths to navigate.

Walking

Gwydyr Forest Park

This forest is one of the hidden delights of North Wales. Tucked to the west of the Conwy valley, close to Betws-Y-Coed, it was once the centre of lead mining in the region. Few scars remain, only great walking, magnificent mountain biking and interesting sites of old with good description boards.

It is by far the most popular walking area in Llandudno, as paths are well surfaced and accessible. 

Its falls, hidden lakes and surprising industrial heritage are discovered on the 14 waymarked trails.

 

 

An Easy River Walk

The walk starts just over the bridge and near Cunningham’s outdoor store and is partly on wooden boardwalks and partly on well laid trail. Good access to the river for stone skimming or just relaxing and taking in the sights plus there are toilets available at the car park.

Mynydd Hiraethog

On the opposite flank of the valley Mynydd Hiraethog is a very different to Gwydyr Forest. Undiscovered by many a brooding moorland of purple heather, forest and lake, The wild empty moors with little natural shelter have been occupied since prehistoric times.

Extensive excavations have revealed evidence of a Stone Age camp and Bronze Age cairns, monuments and burial mounds. All of these sites can be explored by visiting the Archaeological Trail on the northern shore of Llyn Brenig.

 

The Short Trail

The trail starts at the car park to the north east of Llyn Brenig and from there follows the road to Broncyn Arian and the Ring Cairn. Nearby there is a large stone marking a Mesolithic camp – where ashes from fires and flint tools were found and dated to 5,700BC. The trail finishes by crossing the road and climbing to a Hafotai Settlement – dating from the 16th century. 

With so much to see and do it’s a good job that our tours give you free time in Llandudno to discover everything it has to offer. See Below for more details on dates and prices.

All of our tours are for the over 55’s, they are guided by tour managers, coach travel is included with selected seating and we pick you up from over 300 departure points in the UK.


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