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Vacationing on the Coast of North Wales - Travel Tips for Your Visit to Llandudno

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Llandudno is the largest seaside resort in North Wales and evokes the old-world charm of its Victorian heyday. While you can easily spend your days soaking up the sun on sandy beaches, the surrounding area also has much to offer on the culture and history of North Wales, from its 13th-century castle to ancient copper mines and local cuisine. Llandudno is a charming and friendly resort town that welcomes visitors.

Best time to travel

 

The peak season to visit Llandudno is July and August when the weather is at its warmest. The resort is especially busy during August when British schools are on holiday, so it might be harder to find accommodation during that time. To avoid the biggest crowds, April through June is a good bet, when the weather is warming up and generally dry, and accommodation prices are lower. May sees some big festivals such as the Victorian Extravaganza and Llandudno Air Show. While winters can be cold, there are also some interesting events on, including the North Wales Choral Festival.

Not to miss

 

While most people visit Llandudno for its beach and long Victorian pier, the natural beauty of the Great Orme headland and coastal landscape is also not to be missed. Vintage trams and brightly coloured cable cars transport visitors to the summit for sweeping views of Llandudno Bay and Snowdonia's mountains, and there are miles of trails to explore. Five miles from Llandudno, the town of Conwy is home to the 13th-century Conwy Castle, set on a scenic rocky outcrop. There you can explore the medieval city walls and towers, which form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Getting around

 

The town of Llandudno itself is compact and easy to explore on foot. Alpine Travel runs open-top sightseeing tours around the resort in a double-decker bus, as well as vintage coach trips around Great Orme. Regular bus services connect the town centre to top sights such as Bodnant Garden and Conwy Castle. For trips farther afield, you can take the scenic Conwy Valley railway line from Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog, where you can join the vintage Ffestiniog Railway. The Conwy Valley Line stops at such towns and villages as Tal-y-Cafn and Betws-y-Coed along the way.

 

Cuisine

 

Thanks to its coastal location, Llandudno enjoys a bounty of fresh seafood. Many seafood restaurants, as well as more casual fish and chips shops and pubs, line Mostyn Street, close to North Shore beach. To sample some of the finest cuisine of North Wales, it's well worth making the short trip to Bodnant Welsh Food Centre, where an on-site dairy, bakery, and butcher sell home-made cheeses, breads, and locally sourced Welsh lamb. Typical dishes not to miss include Welsh Black Beef sirloin steak and sweet Welsh cakes, which resemble scones and are best enjoyed with a hot cup of tea.

 

Customs and etiquette

 

Llandudno has welcomed visitors from near and far for more than a century. Visitors should respect that Wales has a strong, proud history, culture, and language that are entirely distinct from England and the rest of the UK. Tipping is not required but appreciated. As with the rest of Britain, 10-15 percent is a reasonable amount to tip for good service in a restaurant. It's not common to tip for drinks at a pub, but if ordering a fancy cocktail at an upscale bar, a small tip for the bartender will be appreciated.

 

Fast facts

 

  • Population: 21000
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  • Spoken languages: English, Welsh
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  • Electrical: 220-240 volts, 50 Hz, plug type G
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  • Phone calling code: +44 1492
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  • Emergency number: 999