Favorite thing: I'm not sure if anyone in Llandudno speaks Welsh - I certainly didn't hear a Welsh accent, let alone a word of the language. But as this is Wales - everything must be dual language even if nobody understands it. But the locals have fun with it all the same, as can be seen in this photo of a winter grit dispenser.
Stone Age Longbarrows
Unfortunately, some of the oldest evidence of Llandudno's ancient history was destroyed in the mid 19th century, when the town was being developed. In 1858 two ancient Longbarrows were demolished. One, to link up Vaughn Street with the new Railway Station and the other, (where 3 adult remains of Neolithic age were found), was destroyed in the construction of Marine Drive.
Sacred Wells of the Orme
There are a number of sacred wells on the Great Orme, their Welsh names are :
Ffynon Llety Fadog
Ffynon y Dorban
The curative properties of these wells explains a sanctity no longer appreciated.
Llygaid means ‘eye’, and in earlier times people made a pilgrimage to Ffynon Lygaid to use the water to cure eye problems and infections.
Pre-Roman and Roman Coins
There is evidence that the Romans occupied Llandudno to work the Great Orme copper mines. When Mostyn Broadway was being extended in 1907 several gold Roman coins were found. A further search revealed 100 more, (minted in 287-293) found near St John’s church.
In 1925 British gold coins of 100 BC, were discovered at Pen-y-Dinas
The Great Orme.
Take tge footpath near the pier which is above the Grand Hotel.
There is an old 'camera obscura' building here - and views of the spectacular coastline. Look towards Little Orme, and count 35 mountain peaks, including Snowdon! They all have charming Welsh names like Mynydd y Pdew and Moel Elio.
I found an old 1920's map in a secondhand bookshop in the town, and sat on the craggy hillside and identified each one. . If anyone would like to know the 35 names, please leave a message.
Fondest memory: The crescent shaped beach and beautiful scenic views from the Orme
William Morris Hughes An Australian Prime Minister. He was born in Pimlico, London, but educated in Llandudno. His former school is marked by a plaque on the wall of a private house on Cwlach Road, on the Great Orme.
Joey Jones helped Liverpool win two European Cups, he was brought up in Llandudno. After heart surgery in 2002, Joey plays an ambassadorial role for a North West club
Lewis Carroll. The writer is said to have been inspired to write his book in Llandudno 'Alice in Wonderland'.
Neville Southall Neville Southall was born and educated in Llandudno he was an Everton and Wales goalkeeper. Played his last game in 1997.
Snowdon is the highest mountain in England a Wales. It lies only about 20 miles or so from LLandudno, but I never seem to have enough time to visit it when passing through North Wales.
I therefore like to think of the Great Orme mountain that towers over LLandudno as a kind of 'mini-Snowdon'. They share much in common. Both have wild scenery and great views, both have a railway climbing their slopes, both have had mining operations on them, both are flocked to by tourists, and both can be reasonably easily climbed on foot.
One is just a bit bigger than the other.
Llandudno is Wales's largest resort, and is a popular tourist destination all year round, particularly for its proximity to Snowdonia National Park. During the warmer months, Llandudno's two beaches also attract the crowds.
If you are not one for lying on the sand, you can take a stroll along the wide beach-side promenade, or settle on one of the benches and enjoy the passing scene.
Fondest memory: You can also check out the beautiful Llandudno Pier. Opened to the public in 1878, the Pier is said to be the finest surviving Victorian pier in Britain and is now a Grade II listed building. It is unusual as it doesn't just jut out into the water, but instead kinks at a 45 degree angle. These days it in lined with amusements and kiosks and makes an interesting place for a wander.
When you have a walk in the streets or the victorian pier seems that you are 100 years before when people went to take the waters.
Fondest memory: My best memory of Llandudno was its charming atmosfere walking in the pier at afternoon.
Fondest memory: It is a very long time since I have visited Llandudno, I think I may even have only been in single figures. My memory is a bit hazy but I can remember walking along the pier and going up the Great Orme (a rocky outcrop) either on foot or on the Funicular railway.
We spent almost half a day in Llandudno. Especially for wheelchair users, it is a very nice place to visit as they can stroll along the seaside promenade and the pier. The house facades tell tales of glorious former times, when Llandudno must have been really fashionable and aristocratic. Many of today's visitors are considerably less fashionable and aristocratic, and the demand of tacky tastes is met with tacky supplies.
There was a curious discrepancy between the beautiful buildings and many ugly people dressed in the fashion of Glasgow Neds.
Among the visitors were also many elderly people -- they at least were dressed normally and didn't look like morons.
The West Shore is much less tacky and touristy. The Great Orme is nice for hiking, but if you can't do that due to restricted mobility, it's not a must IMO -- especially when there are low clouds restricting your view to the Snowdonia mountains.
Favorite thing: The sand duned West Shore is quieter, and is at the more residential end of Llandudno.This view was taken on the way down from the Great Orme and shows some of the sand dunes and also the Conwy estuary.
Great Orme Capra Markhor, the Kashmiri goats, whose ancestors came from the mountains of India, may well be spotted on the Great Orme. They have large crenulated horns, with large ridges unevenly spaced along their length. A shaggy fringe covers their forehead and the beard grows long.
We saw many such goats on on both our ascent and descent of the Great Orme.
Also in the evening we saw a herd down by the west Shore , tucking into a gorse bush!
Fondest memory: The origin and arrival of these goats in Britain is an interesting story:
In the early part of the last century, Squire Christopher Tower, from Essex, discovered a large herd recently imported from Kashmir into France. The idea was to create a profitable woollen industry. Squire Tower purchase two of these goats, and took them to Weald Park in Brentwood. The goats flourished, and soon produced kids, from which the Squire was, eventually, able to manufacture a cashmere shawl. George IV was highly impressed by this article, and was happy to accept a pair of the goats presented to him by Squire Tower.
So began the Windsor herd, which increased rapidly, and in the reign of Queen Victoria, cashmere shawls became extremely fashionable. It is often said that Queen Victoria was presented with the goats by the Shah of Persia, and it may be that these were added to the already existing herd.
Later in the century Major General Sir Savage Mostyn acquired two of the Windsor goats, and took them to Gloddaeth Hall and later taken to the Orme.
Nature Park - plenty of hiking trails on the Great Orme to enjoy. The visitor's centre (free entry) near the tram summit station has lots of info amd maps on the area. In the summer guided walks are available.
Check out the travelogues for the hike on the Orme.
A famous visitor to llandudno was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - more well known as Lewis Carroll. It is said that his walks to the sandunes on the west shore with Alice Liddell (daughter of the dean of his college) inspired the famous children's book, "Alice in Wonderland". Hence there is this memorial of the white rabbit in his honour - just by the small boating lake.
Fondest memory: I got my reflection picture of the day here!!
LLaandudno is situated between the Great and Little Ormes with two wonderful beaches - one on each of its two bays.
This is a view of the North Shore which is flanked by a wide promemade and and has a pier jutting out into the sea.
Favorite thing: Llandudno has the honour of being the largest resort in Wales. It certainly is large with row upon row of hotels and B&B's but it has retained an elegant air with its Victorian and Edwardian architecture despite more modern attractions.