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  • 1. History

    The town centre was created in Victorian times, between 1849 and 1912, to serve as a tourist destination. The town was designed on a grid pattern that follows the curve of the bay. The town’s pier was opened in 1878 and the Great Orme tramway took its first passengers in 1902. This tramway still uses the original Victorian carriages today.

  • 2. Now

    Llandudno is still a popular resort for tourists. It sits between the two limestone headlands of the Little Orme and Great Orme, which offer stunning scenery and views. The town is the largest seaside resort in Wales and also has the longest pier in Wales. The cable car from the Happy Valley to the Great Orme summit also holds the title of the longest of its kind in the UK.

  • 3. Events

    The Llandudno Transport Festival is held over three days in May to celebrate the transport and entertainment heritage of the town. Crowds enjoy a vintage fairground, vehicle displays, road runs, a street parade and more. The Celtic Winter Fayre takes place in November and is more than just a shopping event. Visitors enjoy over 100 stalls, craft demonstrations, tastings and mor...Read moree. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    Llandudno Pier contains shops, cafes, bars and attractions and is still popular with tourists after over 100 years. Great Orme Country Park offers visitors plenty of wildlife and history. The Country Park Visitor Centre, at the top of the summit, includes displays and information. There is also a children’s play area outside the building. The Llandudno Cable Car, the longes...Read moret in Britain, runs from Easter to October every year from the Happy Valley to the summit of the Great Orme, offering fantastic views of the region. The Camera Obscura is effectively a room-sized pinhole camera offering views of the local area, which are projected onto a circular table. It was originally built in the 1890s but has since had to be rebuilt. Llandudno Museum tells the history of the town and its people through a series of exhibitions. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    Traditional puppet show favourites such as Punch and Judy are shown regularly from Easter to September at Codman’s, on the North Shore Promenade. There are plenty of boat trips available from Llandudno Bay, and these can be booked from the jetties on the promenade next to the pier. The Peabody’s Playhouse and Rides area includes a giant slide, trampolines, pirate cove pla...Read morey area and more. Donkey rides for children are available on the West Shore beach during the summer months. Read less

  • 6. Business

    The Victorian Shopping Centre, on Mostyn Street, has a large selection of retailers including high street names and independent stores. The centre also offers Victorian style tea rooms and parking facilities. There are plenty of places to eat and drink in the town, with venues to cater for all tastes and budgets.

  • 7. Transport

    The main roads into Llandudno are the A546 and the A470, which both link to the A55. Coach services to the town are good and there are routes from most main cities including London, Leeds and Manchester. The coach station is in the heart of the town centre. Direct trains run to Llandudno from Manchester and many other cities.

  • 8. Entertainment

    Venue Cymru is the main venue for live entertainment in the town. Its programme of events includes drama, comedy live music and more. Many of the hotels in the town have their own programmes of live entertainment.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    Llandudno Pier was opened to the public in 1878. The pier's total length is 2295ft and it is referred to by some as the “Queen of Welsh Piers”. The Great Orme Tramway was opened in 1902. It was an engineering marvel at the time and is now the only cable-hauled tramway still operating on British public roads.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    The white building at the summit of the Great Orme is known at the Summit Complex and has a rich history. Work started on the building before the tramway itself was finished in the early 20th century. It was originally a nine-bedroom hotel and over the years it has seen several owners, a big fire and many changes to the building. The RAF used the hotel in 1941 as a temporary ra...Read moredar station. It was bought in 1952 by champion middleweight boxer Randolph Turpin, who later took his own life after getting into financial difficulties. The complex now has a Randolph Turpin bar. Read less


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