One of the highlights of our trip to Llandudno was a ride on the Great Orme Tramway. This is one of only 3 cable-operated trams in the world, the others being in Lisbon & San Francisco.
The tram departs from the top of Church Walks, every 20 minutes through out the day (usually between 10am-6pm) from Apr-Oct. You can buy a one-way or return ticket. Our return tickets cost as £4.50 each (Apr 06).
So, once you've got you ticket, jump on the tram and sit back. The trip takes two stages, and you will have to change trams at the halfway mark. The first tram heads up the steep hill, between houses, to the start of the Great Orme - a massive limestone headland that looms over the town.
There is a short walk to the 2nd tram station and the final ascent to the top of Great Orme. From here you can enjoy some fabulous views over the surrounding countryside. You can relax in the café, check out the visitors centre or play some miniature golf if you are so inclined.
Well worth the fare, the Great Orme Tramway is a fabulous attraction most enjoyable for all the family.
Located halfway up the huge limestone headland, the Great Orme Mine is the only Bronze Age copper mine in Europe that can be visited by the public. It has over 4 miles of tunnels, some dating back as far as 600 BC!
You can take a sneak peak if you are riding the Great Orme Tramway, or why not stop off for a closer look. Visitors can walk into the hillside along specially built walkways which cross the very small Bronze Age working areas. It gives you a feel for what a miners life may have been like.
The mine is open from Feb - Oct and is a popular attraction for visitors to Llandudno.
Llandudno pier is a must-see activity in this beautiful Victorian town.
The pier can not be missed if you are in the long crescent promenade.
The huge iron and wood structure stands at the end of the Llandudno Bay just before Great Orme mountain.
These elegant goats’ ancestors are believed to come from the North India or Pakistan (depending on which side of the line you live) mountains.
With a bit of luck you should be able to see these peculiars goats in the Great Orme pastures.
The goats are used to the people but will move if you try to get too close.
All goats are very proud of their long ‘goaties’ and enormous pair of curved horns which nearly touch the back of their necks.
Well another visit to this seaside resort in August 2003 and we managed to catch a ride on the victorian tram up to the Orme. They run approx every 20 minutes , cost was 2.95 single and 3.95 return. Its not a long journey, with a change of tram at the halfway station, but can be fairly steep in places - hence we opted for the ride up and walked down. There were lovely views in both directions and thought it was worthwhile.
The pier was severely damaged on a fire in the past decade but it is open to the public now.
There are several ride attractions for children, a few little shops selling shells and ice creams and the occasional fish man at the end of the wooden deck.
Llandudno town is nicely protected by a perfect long crescent-shaped Bay.
The pebbled beach is never crowded and the perfect place to be during the short Wales summer. Windsurfing, canoeing and other popular water sports are practised all year around.
Climb up. Llandudno hill is one of the main attractions too. It gives the breathtaking view on the town and the Irish sea. Some ships were far in the sea. Very romantic and dreaming picture.
The climbing took us about 30 minutes, if I'm not mistaken. More or less like that. The we were just lying on the grass and thinking about nothing. what a great thing - not thinking at all. That's the total relaxation :)
To go there you can also take a cable car. but it's expensive, about 6 pounds. Beware.
Or the train, like funiculour. Don't know the price, we were climbing up and down by feet. But it'll be less expensive than cable car, I suppose.
They are easily recognised by their white long shaggy coats that without a doubt will help the animals to survive the cold and harsh winter weather.
Young goats are seen together in small herds but females like to be left alone with their offspring and tend to socialize just during the October breeding season.
Copper deposits were found at nearly surface level two centuries ago.
Miners were quick to act and dug the mountain surface in search of the ore.
The area soon became an important copper mine and more excavations took place to dig the precious copper.
Great Orme Copper Mine is a self-tour that will take you down to some of the old tunnels.
Just go there. Sit near the Irish sea, watch it. I even almost fell asleep on the cobbles. It was so relaxing. I even wet my feet in the sea - being thre not "done that"? Noway ! It was much less cold than I expected. Golfstream :)
The beach is mostly in cobble stones and a small part is sandy with small shells. Lovely. And walking on the cobble stone is a good massage for feet, don't forget that :)
The Promenade at Llandudno is a grand affair, stretching kms out of town and the width of a 6 lane highway,
It is a great place to stroll and admire the views of the great Orme, the magnifident buildings, the beach and sea,
This mountain peninsula offers spectacular views of the coast, rugged scenery and the chance to enjoy its fascinating and unique flora and fauna.
You will reach the entrance to Marine Drive in Happy Valley Road just after passing the pier.
The word 'Orme' is believed to be derived from an old Norse word for Worm or Sea Serpent and on a misty day it is easy to see why.
The huge headland is composed of Carboniferous limestone, which began forming about 300 million years ago.
There is a small gate toll where you will be asked to pay £2 to an old friendly man before you drive the five kilometre scenic loop road.
If you haven’t visit the pier yet and you are struggling to find a place to park your car, you could pay the toll to Great Orme then park your car once you have driven the gate.
After parking you can walk back the 2 minutes stroll to the pier. There a great views of the pier from the road.