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    Great Orme Tramway

    by sue_stone Written May 3, 2006

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    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.

    On the tram views from the Great Orme Great Orme Tramway on the Great Orme Tramway playing golf on the top of the Great Orme
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    Great Orme Mine

    by sue_stone Written May 4, 2006

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    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.

    View from the tram
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    Llandudno pier

    by munki Written Jul 17, 2005

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    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.

    Llandudno pier

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    Great Orme Kashmiri goats

    by munki Written Jul 17, 2005

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    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.

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    Tram Ride

    by sandysmith Written Sep 1, 2003

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    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.

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    Llandudno pier II

    by munki Written Jul 17, 2005

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    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 pier

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    Llandudno beach

    by munki Written Jul 17, 2005

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    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.

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    Llandudno hill - Great Orme

    by IngaA Written Apr 24, 2004

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    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.

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    Great Orme Kashmiri goats II

    by munki Written Jul 17, 2005

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    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.

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    Great Orme Copper Mines

    by munki Written Jul 17, 2005

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    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.

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    Beach line

    by IngaA Written Apr 24, 2004

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    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 :)

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    The Promenade

    by stevezero Written Nov 12, 2005

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    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,

    Llandudo Promenade
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    Harlech Castle

    by rexvaughan Updated Aug 25, 2009

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    It would be virtually impossible to visit all the castles in Wales so choices must be made. Everyone told me I should visit Caerbarfon but I chose Harlech for personal reasons. As a teenager I sang in our schools Boy’s Glee Club and one of my favorite memories was the rousing song Men of Harlech. This is one of the better known songs of Wales and is frequently mistaken for the national anthem. (The national anthem is actually Land of My Fathers. So we visited this magnificent castle which appears to have been planted and rooted in the rocky shore overlooking the Irish Sea.

    As you wander through this magnificent old fortress the rooms and spaces are well marked and there are several museum rooms with lots of signs giving you the history of the Castle and its role in the struggles of England and Wales. There is even a great little model of the Castle as it originally appeared. Of course the two main towers now feature the Union Jack on one and the beautiful Red Dragon Flag of Wales on the other.

    The Castle opens daily from 9:00 or 9:30 to 16:00 or 17:00 depending on the season with shorter hours Sundays November-March.
    Admission is Adults £3.60, Reduced rate £3.20.
    Family Ticket:- £10.40 - admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16 years.

    Gatehouse entry Model of the Castle Inner facade of the gatehouse View of the town of Harlech from atop the Castle
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    Great Orme’s Head Marine Drive

    by munki Written Jul 17, 2005

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    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.

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    Great Orme’s Head

    by munki Written Jul 17, 2005

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    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.

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