Llandudno Travel Guide

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Llandudno Highlights

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    scotlandscotour says…

     The Great Orme, Victorian Shops, Beach, Copper Mine, Tram, Ski Slope & Gardens, Pier 

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     is very "touristy" 

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     Great base if you want more than Snowdonia but don't need big city nightlife 

Llandudno Things to Do

  • Great Orme Neolithic Mines

    A discovery on the Great Orme in 1987 rocked the world, and sent historians reeling. What they discovered was copper mining on an unprecedented scale: a mine bigger than any other discovered in the world so far. A mine from which copper was exported all over Europe, and people from all over Europe, even as far as Spain and Morocco, had come to the...

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  • Great Orme

    A hugely important region long before Llandudno became a famous tourist resort, the Great Orme has been active in human history for thousands of years. From early neolithic copper miners, through 13th century Bishoprics, the Great Orme has been making its mark. The town of Llandudno is a late comer and young usurper.The Great Orme is a spit of rock...

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  • The Pier

    Llandudno thrusts its azure blue pier head over 2000 feet into the sea, making it the longest in Wales. The pier draws all the Gothic gaudiness of 19th century India, as if its architects came back from Mysore Palace and said "let's build that - in the sea." It probably looked quite exotic in Victorian times.A walk down the pier is a must, though....

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Llandudno Restaurants

  • I drank too much at the Wine Bar

    A funky wine bar to hang out it. The menu is inspired and the food great. Good choice of winesLicensing Hours11am – 11pm Monday – Saturday12am – 10.30pm Sunday Cod wrapped in bacon on a bed of mash.We arrived on Thursday evening and were offered the cocktail of the day free with our meal for 9.99 GBP each. A pity it only arrived after we had...

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  • Last orders for food 6.45pm

    The Gresham looked attractive with tables and chairs laid out on the pavement of an early evening. It was 6.30 pm so I ordered a glass of wine and asked for the menu. It looked typical pub food, nothing elaborate and inexpensive But last orders for food are at 6.45pm!It was too early for me to eat, but the main seating area inside looked...

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  • Cheap Pub Grub: Wetherspoons

    If you've been to Wetherspoons before, you'll know what to expect, but this Whetherspoons is a little bit different. They've built it into the cavernous interior of the old cinema. And it's as dank and gloomy inside as you might expect from somewhere not designed to let in natural light.But the food is cheap, and good value for what you get,...

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Llandudno Nightlife

  • Party Night

    This nightclub is near the ocean. For dancing the night away, then this is the place to be. The dance floor is on two levels. Various theme nights are held throughout the week. Wednesdays, used to be only for those who are 25 or over. Gay nights are held every other week. Saturday and Sundays are best for couples. No jeans, trainers, hoodies.

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  • The Kingdom of Night time Pleasures

    If you are over18 and are looking for a place to dance, drink, shout above the noise and spend a lively evening, trying not to get thrown out by the bouncers, then try out this hot night spot. The interior decor is contemporary and inviting ie its mostly subdued lighting so you cant see the sticky carpets and seating. There are three floors to...

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  • Relaxing Pub

    Drink inside or outside in the beer garden. The interior is warm and inviting, with big squasy sofas arranged around a large woodstove. Soft music plays in the background. As the evening wears on, the atmosphere usually becomes a bit livelier. This is a very popular place with locals Hours:Daily 11am-11pm Informal

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Llandudno Transportation

  • Trains

    Llandudno is at the end of its own special line. Most trains drop passengers off at Llandudno Junction a few kilometers south of the town. There are trains running several times an hour between the two stations, so you won't have to wait long. There are also a few direct trains, such as the train to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Llandudno Junction is on a...

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  • Bus

    Llandudno has a pretty good network of buses that will take you to most of the interesting parts of North Wales. But they aren't that regular, and they can be quite slow. If I was to do this trip again I'd rent a car. But if you must use a bus, you can get by. You'll just have to budget for seeing about half as much as you might if you were...

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  • Rent a car

    As much as I hate to drive in the UK, I decided about the only way to get around North Wales and Snowdonia was by car so I rented one. We were staying in Llandudno and the Avis rental place was in Llandudno Junction but only about a 15 minute taxi ride away. The staff there were very cordial. I had booked the car in advance and planned to return it...

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Llandudno Shopping

  • Shop Shop Shop

    Coaches arrive in the town every day, all year round for shopping. This is a friendly town with a back drop of beaches, ocean and shops.There are plenty of chain shops on the high street, like Next and Dorothy Perkins, Orange. Among the cheap cafes with plastic chairs and ice cream parlors are Wetherspoons and Nero-s expensive coffee with free wifi...

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  • Kit yourself in retro from the Charity...

    Kit yourself in vintage and retro for a fiver. You will also be helping those poor unfortunates at the same time, by buying from one of the string of Llandudno-s charity shops.Hint. Recycle your old books and magazines by donating them. It might be me buying!

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  • I cant help shopping

    Sad to describe a shop I know, but if you've lived in Wales as long as I did without decent shops you'll understand.Debenham's used to be located in Chester, 50 miles away. Now there is a big store right in the center of Llandudno in the new retail park. Ladies and mens, children's clothes and shoes, accessories.

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Llandudno Local Customs

  • Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza

    Held each year on the May Bank Holiday weekend is the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza. We just so happened to be in Llandudno on the applicable weekend, so of course got caught up in the extravaganza frenzy!The Victorian Extravaganza takes over the town, with some streets closed off to house the festivities. There are the usual fair rides and...

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  • Punch and Judy

    A tradition for seaside resorts, not often seen these days is a good old fashioned Punch and Judy puppet show. Llandudno holds them on the promenade during the summer - seems like the kids enjoy it ;-)

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Llandudno Warnings and Dangers

  • Dive bombing Seagulls!

    Don't let this innocent picture fool you.They are mad! especially for your buttiesHundreds of people sit on the promenade throughout the year. The seagulls are a menance. If you eat sandwiches, or fish and chips - the birds could swoop down and grab it. This might seem amusing until it has happened to you. They can be dangerous and I have seen some...

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  • the only dangers

    the only dangers i can think of are1, the traffic but that goes for most places2, if on the beach's make sure you know when the tide times as if you go walking you may get traped on the rock by the little orme 3, which goes for the westshore as well you can get a tide time table from the tourist information center in Llandudno1-2 Stryd...

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  • Seagulls

    God damn these animals were so bad I had to make a complaint to the local council - not something I've ever done before. You'll be absolutely fine if you don't have any food - this isn't The Birds or anything. But if you have some food they will track you through the streets, skipping from street light to street light, waiting for the opportunity...

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Llandudno Tourist Traps

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    A tourist attraction based on Llandudno's Alice in Wonderland connection.
    An indoor walk-through Wonderland Rabbit Hole with life-sized animated displays of some of the most colourful and well known scenes from the Alice story - but its only 20 mins long.
    We gave it a miss as we prefer to walk in the sunshine on the Orme.

    Cost is £2.95 for adults, £2.50 for kids.
    Location: centre of Llandudno - just off Mostyn Street

    Unique Suggestions: ..the kids will probably enjoy it. Headphones are used for the narration with sound effects.

    Fun Alternatives: Also consider the Alice Trail:-
    Visiting other venues in Llandudno which have an Alice connection. On this 50 minute 'Adventure' a courier (provided free) will point out the house where Alice spent her first holiday in Llandudno, the house which her father built and where she lived for 11 years, the church that she attended, then the famous White Rabbit Statue, returning for the highlight of a trip down the Rabbit Hole.

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Llandudno What to Pack

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    by lomi Updated Nov 12, 2013

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always bring something for wet weather. It rains a lot and can be difficult holding onto an umbrella as it can get very very windy.

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Llandudno Off The Beaten Path

  • Conwy Castle

    A short bus ride from Llandudno, and even walkable if you want to make it a slow day trip, is the stunningly preserved castle of Conwy. Built as a walled settlement for the exclusive use of the English, it gave a taste of what was to come for the Welsh in this part of the world. Even though the walls no longer keep the Welsh out, the situation has...

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  • Conwy Seed Fair

    I love these old traditional fairs and its great to see this one still taking place in Conwy. It is a short 10 minute drive from Llandudno.On 26th March every year this 700 year old charter fair takes place in the main streets, free entry.Started by Edward 1st, it is held in Conwy High Street and Lancaster Square. Plant and seed stalls, crafts,...

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  • Deganwy Marina

    With 165 pontoon berths and free car parking on site it is a terrific place to wander.The Quay Hotel next to the marina has a restaurant, bar for good lunches and evening meals, and spa facilities. The restaurant uses locally produced and sourced ingredients.Take the A55 to Deganwy and take right hand exit off the roundabout. Follow the road and go...

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Llandudno Sports & Outdoors

  • Golf anyone?

    North Wales Golf Course is on the west shore at Llandudno. Visitors are welcome.It is Championship standard with the wonderful scenery of the North Wales coast from The Snowdonia mountains, and the island of Anglesey to Puffin Island.The Clubhouse offers cooked food or bar snacks, or choose from the daily Specials board.The Dress Code is smart...

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  • Pram Racing

    Every year in October pram races are held on the main North Shore promenade to raise money for charity. Teams of 10 dressed up in fancy dress, run in relays with a 'pram' and a 'baby'. The pram can consist of any unmechanised wheeled vehicle and the baby can be anyone over the age of 10! Very good fun.

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  • Out for a quick blast on the piste

    The 'Happy valley' at the foot of the Great Orme mountain sprouted a number of facilities in the 1980's to give the adrenneline junkies a bit of a fix.There is a 300-meter artificial ski & snowboard slope, where the British championships are held every year. The 'Swiss chalet' makes the setting at least semi-authentic.The 750-meter toboggan track...

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Llandudno Favorites

  • Dual Language Everything

    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.

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  • Ancient Bits and Bobs

    Stone Age LongbarrowsUnfortunately, 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...

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  • Where can you see 35 mountain peaks ?

    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...

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