The largest seaside resort in Wales, Llandudno sees almost ten million visitors every year which keeps Llandudno well and truly on the tourist map. Settlements have existed on this site since the Stone Age, and with the limestone headland, known as the Great Orme, at the end of the beach granting natural protection from the rough seas, it’s obvious why it’s so popular. With numerous activities and family-friendly activities, whether you’re after a week or two’s holiday, some short-term rest and relaxation, or need a base to explore North Wales, Llandudno makes the perfect destination.
1. Great Orme Copper Mine
Dating to the Bronze Age, 4000 years ago, the Great Orme Copper Mines are one of the most important recent archaeological finds. Showing us how people lived and worked more than 2000 years before the Romans invaded Great Britain, these mines are thought to be the largest ever discovered, and it’s estimated that around 1,760 tonnes of copper were mined from shafts beneath the Great Orme.
The mines can be viewed on self-guided tours, and above ground, you can watch how the copper ore was smelted to separate the copper from the rock, tour the opencast mine, and see how the miners and their families lived. This is a fascinating glimpse into the social and working lives of our ancestors.
2. Llandudno Pier
A wonderful way to while away an afternoon or two, Llandudno Pier offers the quintessential seaside experience. Stretching for 2,295 feet, it’s the longest pier in Wales, it has been granted Grade II listed status, and won the prestigious Pier of the Year award in 2005. With stunning views over the Irish Sea, and inland across the beautiful North Wales coast, the pier is home to a range of fun activities and attractions. Charming shops and colourful arcades, funfair rides and traditional fortune tellers fill the pier. But one of the highlights has to be the giant Ferris wheel - designed and manufactured by Lamborghini at a cost of £1 million, this state-of-the-art big wheel, dubbed the Llandudno Eye, stands a whopping 69ft (21 metres) high and allows fantastic far-reaching views across the whole of North Wales. You’ll find the pier just under a mile from Llandudno railway station.
3. Home Front Museum
Llandudno’s Home Front Museum offers a trip down memory lane to 1940s Britain, allowing you to experience both the happy and the frightening side of life as a civilian in the Second World War. This unique museum brings the sights, sounds and smells to life, immersing you in the 6 years that moulded the country and its people.
Gas masks, rationing, Digging for Victory and keeping the home fires burning - these are all within living memories for many people and offer a sense of nostalgia and a chance to reminisce.
- Location: Less than 10 minutes walk from Llandudno station
- Tickets from just £2.10
- Home Front Museum Website
4. Llandudno Snowsports Centre
Snowboarding and skiing are on offer at Llandudno Snowsports Centre. There is also an inflatable sno-tube and the 750m Cresta run, the longest toboggan track in Wales. For those that prefer a less challenging activity then why not try out the Alpine Adventure minigolf. It features nine holes in Alpine-themed surroundings.
- Year-round artificial ski and boarding slope
- An exciting day for your kids to remember
- Fun for all the family
5. Wales Coast Pathway
Crossing the West Shore Beach and the Great Orme, a Special Area of Conservation and Site of Special Scientific Interest, the Llandudno stretch of the Wales Coast Path is popular with walkers. Although its full length of 870 miles around the coast of Wales might seem a little daunting, the route can be broken down into manageable chunks. The section that follows the North Wales coastline takes walkers through Llanfairfechan and Rhos-on-Sea, allowing plenty of opportunities to stop, have a break and enjoy an ice cream or three.
Llandudno sees visitors returning year upon year and it’s no wonder with so many great attractions to enjoy, as well as the superb beaches, water activities and friendly locals.
- Coastal walk
- Stunning views
- Wales Coast Path Website