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Llandudno, North Wales: it’s a far cry from the bustle of the city, instead spoilt for shores, unchanged for a century, and filled with little cafés where you can while a morning, afternoon – heck you could spend a whole day just breathing in that tasty sea air. But know that this Victorian seaside town isn’t your standard ‘Victorian’ seaside town.
The rock won’t break your teeth, the scenery really is that gorgeous, and there aren’t too many bare-chested British men (sorry guys). No, Llandudno’s architecture is pretty and its pastel-coloured houses even more so; its promenade and pier (the longest in the country, might I add) speak proudly of the period they come from. All in all, a beach holiday in Llandudno might be just what you need.
So grab your straw boater (or lace-trimmed umbrella; whatever floats your boat), and make plans for seaside stay in Llandudno.
The best activities, attractions and beaches in Llandudno
Seaside holidays in Llandudno: North Shore Beach
If Welsh beaches won Oscars, North Shore Beach would have already made a weepy speech. Sheltered from the wind and set in front of the Great Orme headland (though let’s not get too carried away – it’s still breezy!), this is where you’ll find Llandudno’s pretty pier and wide promenade. A sandy, bucket-and-spade sort of affair – though there are pebbly stretches, too – it’s the place to flop when the sun comes out. You can hire deckchairs, grab an ice cream from the shops behind, and have a good old-fashioned paddle with your jeans rolled up. There’s no lifeguard (it’s usually, er, too cold to swim!) but there is a children’s paddling pool.
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Seaside holidays in Llandudno: Cable Car Rides and Great Orme Country Park
For around £8 or so, you can grab cable cars up to the looming Great Orme, and at the top, you’ll be welcomed with really quite beautiful views of the coast – over to Anglesey and Puffin Island. The children’s playground and Kashmir goats up here mean you can keep the kids busy for a bit, before heading inside the visitor centre. Here, there are exhibitions and interactive displays which showcase the history and wildlife of the area, as well as webcams that allow you to watch the resident seabird colonies. If you’d rather, you can take the century-old tram, or walk (and burn off that ice cream!) with a round-trip taking around 90 minutes.
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Seaside holidays in Llandudno: Happy Valley and Bodafon Farm Park
To the eastern side of Great Orme, you’ll find the lovely-as-it-sounds Happy Valley, and it’s here you can learn more about Llandudno’s connection with Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll was inspired to write his fantastical books by Alice Liddell, a girl who holidayed in Llandudno during the 1860s and ‘70s. To mark the connection, there are now a scattering of wooden statues depicting Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and so on, which can be found throughout the town. Kids will also love Bodafon Farm Park, a working farm where they can ride on mini tractors, pet rare-breed farm animals and squeal at tiny pgymy owls. Aww.
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Seaside holidays in Llandudno: West Beach and the Marine Trail
If you’re here for a long weekend, you’ll have more than enough time to visit both of Llandudno’s beaches. West Beach is a somewhat more secluded, laid-back shore – sandy and quiet, it’s where most of the locals come for a breezy walk. Backed with a little café and linked to walks that stretch to Deganwy and beyond, it’s a great alternative to the bustle of North Shore. If you tire of hanging out on the sand (though let’s face it – seaside holidays are usually about being beside the sea), or the weather plays up, take your car along the Marine Trail – it’s one of the longest toll roads in Britain, offering amazing views as it winds for five miles.
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Seaside holidays in Llandudno: Even More Attractions
There’s more to Llandudno than I can fit into one article, but here it goes. Little Orme is a bit different to Great Orme, and not because it’s smaller! Less commercial, there aren’t cable cars up here – it’s a place that climbers and walkers come to, exploring the paths that trail across the 463-ft hill. Today a North Wales Wildlife Nature Reserve, it’s a great place to watch seabirds. If travelling with kids (we all know cliffs and kids don’t mix…) take them to a Punch and Judy show. They’re held on the North Shore promenade at 2pm and 4pm daily, from March to September. Come evening, you'll want to head for Venue Cymru – a trip to theatre’ll be in order.
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Llandudno Beach Huts and Summer Homes
Detached very private stonebuild chalet style accommodation, situated in an exclusive part of Llandudno. Located within the expansive grounds of a detached beachfront house, this holiday property allows direct access to the quiet beach. The high...
Tram Station Cottage is a detached cottage on the edge of the popular Victorian resort of Llandudno in North Wales. The cottage sleeps six people and has two double bedrooms, both with an en-suite, a twin room and a family bathroom. There is also ...
Dunromin is a delightful, semi-detached cottage, a stone’s throw from the beach and promenade in Llandudno. With three bedrooms, including a double with an en-suite shower room, a single and a ground floor twin room and a ground floor family bathr...
Welcome to Ormes Hey Apartments in the heart of the beautiful seaside town of Llandudno. The one and two bedroom apartments have modern facilities and all rooms have great views.The apartment has a Spacious hallway, 2 Spacious bedrooms, the firs...
Boutique Style Beach-side Apartments x 2
BEACHSIDE Apartment 1 has 1 bedroom plus large sofa-bed and sleeps 4
BEACHSIDE Apartment 2 has 1 en-suite bedroom and sleeps 2 plus babies in cots
2 superb beachside apartments located directly adjacent ...