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What to See and Do in Llandudno - Beaches, Boat Trips, and Bird Colonies on Snowdonia's Border

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Though best known as a seaside resort, Llandudno offers visitors a wide variety of adventures both on and off the beach. Why not start your day with a scenic drive or a ride on a century-old tramcar before exploring ancient copper mines? Later, after a stroll through the beautiful grounds of Bodnant Garden, you can head back to the beach to catch the sunset over the sea.

Promenade, pier, and boat trips

 

A visit to Llandudno isn't complete without a stroll along the resort's curved, sweeping promenade. It runs most of the length of Llandudno's main beach, the bustling North Shore, and leads to the Victorian pier. During the summer months you can hop aboard a boat at the North Shore jetty for an hour-long trip around the prominent headlands of Great Orme and Little Orme. Or take a marine-wildlife boat trip to see colonies of guillemots, razorbills, and other seabirds on the cliffs of Great Orme.

 

  • Llandudno Pier, North Parade, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 2LP; Tel: +44 1492 876258; Website: Llandudno Pier
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  • Llandudno Boat Trips, North Shore Jetty, Promenade, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 2LS; Tel: +44 7961 561589; Website: Llandudno Boat Trips

West Shore beach

 

If you are looking for a quieter alternative to the busy North Shore beach, you can head over to calm, sandy West Shore. This beach, which looks across Conwy Bay toward Anglesey and the mountains of Snowdonia, is unsheltered and often windswept, so is especially popular with kite-surfers. It is also known for its spectacular sunsets and is home to the cozy, family-run West Shore Beach Cafe. From the West Shore, keen walkers can join the long-distance Wales Coastal Path and follow it to Conwy Harbour, or begin the hike up to the summit of nearby Great Orme headland.

 

  • West Shore Beach, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 2AG; Website: West Shore Beach
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  • West Shore Beach Cafe, West Shore Promenade, Dale Rd, Llandudno, Gwynedd LL30 2BG; Tel: +44 1492 872958; Website: West Shore Beach Cafe

 

Great Orme

 

The 200-meter-high Great Orme headland looms impressively just north of Llandudno. You can ride an original 1902 cable-hauled tramcar to the visitor centre at the summit for educational displays and breathtaking views of Llandudno Bay. Those who are interested in archaeology and history can stop halfway to the summit and visit the Great Orme Mines. These Bronze Age copper mines are some of the oldest in the world. You can see artifacts from that period and a short film in the visitor centre, then take a 45-minute self-guided tour of the tunnels.

 

  • Great Orme Tramway, Victoria Station, Church Walks, Llandudno LL30 2NB; Tel: +44 1492 879306; Website: Great Orme Tramway
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  • Great Orme Mines, Great Orme, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 2XG; Tel: +44 1492 870447; Website: Great Orme Mines

 

The Marine Drive loop

 

If you are driving or cycling, you can take the scenic 4-mile-long Victorian-era road around the base of Great Orme. Starting by Llandudno Pier, Marine Drive loops around the headland to the West Shore, with spectacular sea views all along the way. There are plenty of places to stop en route and parking is included in the small toll. A quarter of the way around, you can leave Marine Drive and join the road that leads up to the Great Orme Country Park Visitor Centre.

 

  • Marine Drive, Great Orme, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 2LR; Tel: +44 1492 576622; Website: Marine Drive
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  • Great Orme Country Park Visitor Centre, Great Orme, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 2XF; Tel: +44 1492 874151; Website: Great Orme Country Park Visitor Centre

 

Bodnant Garden

 

Seven miles south of Llandudno's town centre, lush Bodnant Garden is one of the most stunning gardens in Britain. Spanning 80 hillside acres, overlooking Conwy Valley toward the Snowdonia mountain range, the garden features Italianate terraces and grand lawns. The botanical collection includes Chinese, North American, and Japanese plants, and other highlights include lily ponds and shimmering streams. The garden hosts educational talks and events throughout the year, and its Bodnant Pavilion Tea Room is a great spot for a meal or light bite.

 

  • Bodnant Garden, Tal y Cafn, Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL28 5RE; Tel: +44 1492 650460; Website: Bodnant Garden
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  • Bodnant Pavilion Tea Room, Bodnant Garden Centre, Tal y Cafn, Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL28 5RE; Tel: +44 1492 650460; Website: Bodnant Pavilion Tea Room