Amazing things to do in Llandudno all year round

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As you walk onto the seaside boardwalk at Llandudno you could be forgiven for thinking you have gone back in time. You get a sense you are in a Victorian-era seaside resort. There is the long pier imposing itself on the Irish sea, with the wide seaside promenade ringed with waterfront hotels. There is a sandy beach for swimming and a sandcastle building.

As you wander it would not feel out of place to see a gentleman walking in a suit or pretty ladies in frilly Victorian-era dresses twirling their umbrellas. Llandudno Wales is for me what I imagine when I think of British seaside resorts from a bygone era. It is beautiful and so full of life.

Why should I visit Llandudno?

Llandudno has become known as the Queen of the Welsh Resorts. Llandudno is now the largest seaside resort in Wales. This amazing seaside mecca grew out of a small township of miners who worked the Great Orme just behind the town.

In the early 1850s, the owners of the mine decided to develop the land into a seaside resort over the next 20 years. Much of what you see today on the promenade today is still from the original development. Let’s have a look at things to do in Llandudno and its surroundings.

The Llandudno Pier stretches out into the Irish Sea measuring half a mile

Things to do in Llandudno

For many Llandudno will be one of the larger towns in the area and a great place to base yourself if you find you need plenty of at-hand services. For some people staying in the surrounding areas is the best for them.

Whatever you chose there are so many wonderful things to do in Llandudno and its surrounding villages to keep you happy, occupied and thrilled for your holiday in Wales.

Llandudno Pier

Llandudno Pier is 2,295 feet (700m) long. It is the longest pier in Wales and the fifth-longest in England and Wales. These days a walk on the Llandudno Pier is a food lovers delight. The Pier features many food stands, takeaway shops and restaurants for you to eat and enjoy the views.

You can grab some jam doughnuts, traditional candy or Cornish ice cream. This will keep all members of the family happy. The Pier bar serves beer wine and spirits with unmatched views as you sip your drink.

Sit down and relax while the Pier Grill serves burgers and similar fairs. For the coffee lover, why not sit and have a coffee with some jam and cream scones?  Jam and cream scones you can’t get more British than that! Well maybe a cone of chips while walking the pier may be more British but who is arguing?

The 2p machines are popular on the seaside

Some of the shops will keep you busy poking around and looking at the goods on sale. You will find everything from fresh fish shops to leather goods, fishing tackle, clothes, sunglasses, beachwear and more available. Don’t forget a souvenir of your walk on the Llandudno Pier.

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The Deck Arcade on Llandudno Pier

What seaside in Britain is complete without an arcade? The Deck Arcade is right at the end of the pier. You will find many favourites both new and old to keep you entertained and help separate you from your money.

Whack a minion, get your future told, win some coins or just play the latest video games, something for everyone. The Pier is a destination in itself and a Llandudno attraction not to be missed.

Llandudno Cable Car

The Llandudno Cable Car was a firm favourite with our kids when we visited. Kids just seem to love this sort of thing. My wife, on the other hand, is not one for heights but managed to get on it still. The Llandudno Cabe car started ferrying passengers on 30 June 1969.

The Llandudno Cable car rised from the seafront to the summit of the great orme with views of the Irish sea

It’s the longest passenger cable car system in Britain. This unique experience continues to be one of the town’s most popular attractions. The ride can be caught at two locations, you can either board at Happy Valley near the Llandudno Pier or at the summit of the Great Orme.

The Llandudno Cable Car plies its trade between these two spots daily. The view is amazing, especially on a nice day. The Irish sea sparkles while the green grass on the Great Orme seems to dance in the light breeze. The distance to the summit is just over 1500 meters and the journey takes about nine minutes. 

The highest point from the ground is around 80 feet. Nine pylons support the brightly painted cable cars as they shuffle along the cable. Not too fast not too slow but it is a good place to enable you to see the Llandudno attractions.

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The Great Orme Tramway

The Great Orme Tramway is a unique system that works like a funicular. Two trams work the system one climbing up the hill and one going down the hill. The descending car helps pull the climbing car up the hill, thus the Funicular system as both cars run on a cable. The tramway has been in operation since 1902. To say the Great Orme tramways are popular is an understatement.

It is open for the warmer months and carries over 200,000 passengers each year. The journey to the top takes around 10 minutes. There is a midway station where you can get off and have a look at the Tramway history museum. A lot of people get off here on the way down the hill and walk the rest of the way taking in the amazing view of the area.

The Great Orme Mines

Straight up our kids loved exploring the mines. You don a hard hat and underground you go! It is only a small trail of just over 200 meters through the underground system, guided at your own pace with 35 steps leading into and out of the mine complex.

The great Orme mines date back over 4000 years

There is plenty of signposting and information to tell you about the site. For instance, the mines date back 4,000 years to the Bronze Age. When the Great Orme Mines were discovered they changed archaeologists’ views about the ancient people of Britain.  

Before this there was not a great deal known prior to the Romans, now the mines stretch that history back another 2000 years.

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The Great Orme summit

The summit can be reached by car, foot, cable car and tramway. The views afforded from the peak are amazing, especially on a sunny day. Even the murky waters of the Irish Sea seem to sparkle when the sun comes out in Wales. There is a playground for the kids and a cafe for the adults.

Enjoy a coffee while the kids wear themselves out playing. There is a mini-golf which is always great family fun. You can get a meal or just a snack from the restaurant. Many of the Great Orme walking trails start from the summit or lead to the summit depending on which way you look at it.

Exploring the Great Orme summit is one of the many things to do in Llandudno. You can see a restuarant and play areas for the kids

The Great Orme Nature Walks

There are 2 Great Orme Historical walks that take in different features. These two walks can be combined to make a long walk with spectacular views. You will see Liverpool Bay, The Carneddau range, the Menai Strait and Anglesey – 4.2 miles (6.7 km) and 3.2 miles (5.2 km).

The Great Orme Nature Trail is a circuit walk that encompasses the headland. It starts and finishes at the summit. The trails are marked but pick up a leaflet to take with you that shows you the highlights and describes just some of the Great Orme’s wildlife.

Llandudno Beach, after all, we are at the seaside!

The main Llandudno beach is the North Shore beach. It is Llandudno’s principal beach (also known as Llandudno Beach). The beach is a sheltered beach from the waves and making it an ideal swimming beach for both children and adults alike.

The girls of Wyld Family Travel playing on the Llandudno beach. The tide is out exposing some rocks and seaweed with the Llandudno pier in the background

You will have the long Victorian pier in the foreground and the promenade behind you. This is the most central place to swim and closest to all the amenities the town has to offer. Don’t forget the beach toys for sandcastle building and fun.

Llandudno hop on hop off bus

Spending a day on the Llandudno hop on hop off bus is a great way to orientate yourself with the sights of the area. We like to do this type of tour on our first day in town so we can plot out what we want to go back to and see more in-depth. The bus route moves around the Welsh resorts of Llandudno & Conwy showcasing their Victorian charm.

Grab yourself a 24-hour ticket and get on board as the bus takes you around its 12-stop circuit. Feel free to get on and off as many times as you like. A free guide is delivered by headphones to explain all the sights to you. In the peak periods, you will have a live guide delivering all the information. The bus tour is one of the must things to do in Llandudno.


Llandudno promande

Llandudno Ski and Snowboard Centre

This is the most unusual of things to do in Llandudno. The Llandudno Ski & Snowboard Centre is located 415ft above sea level. Llandudno Ski & Snowboard Centre boasts amazing backdrops of Llandudno and the Irish Sea that are never far from your line of sight.

Skiing and Snowboarding lessons are available for all ages and experience levels. Snow-Tubing is done just for the pure fun of it. All of this can be done 7 days a week 52 weeks a year on our brand-new Perma-Snow surface.

The Perma snow mimics the feel and speed of a real snow slope. If all this was not enough the longest Toboggan run in Britain is part of this attraction. If the snow tubing does not provide enough thrills and fun for the kids you can be sure the Toboggan will.

A Welsh version of an Alpine Lodge serves delicious hot and cold food throughout the day. Llandudno Ski Centre will be a hit with the whole family.

Llandudno beach looking towards the promonade

Llandudno Theatre – Venue Cymru 

Venue Cymru is a Llandudno theatre, conference centre and arena located on the promenade. It is the home of Llandudno events for locals and tourists.  Through the years there has been a theatre, opera house, Hippodrome, roller skating rink and so on at this site since the mid-1850s.

This current building was started in the mid-2000s. After the redevelopment, the venue hosted a new 1,550 square metres (16,700 sq ft) arena, capable of hosting 1,800 seated, or 2,500 standing people which increased the venue capacity to over 5,000 people.

Today the Llandudno theatre is an entertainment hub for all featuring film, stage shows, exhibition talks and workshops.  Coming up in 2018 you can see Mumma Mia on stage, attend the North Wales burlesque festival, watch Smokie (an 80’s rock band for you young people) and see today’s blockbusters on the big screen. You can check what’s on at the Llandudno theatre on the official website

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The Llandudno Alice in Wonderland Trail

Llandudno has a real and tangible link to Lewis Carrols Alice in Wonderland book. The history stretches back to 1861 when the eight-year-old Alice Pleasance Liddell (the real Alice in Wonderland) and her family came to holiday in Llandudno. Her holiday home Penmorfa was on Llandudno’s West Shore and the family holidayed there for many years.

Llandudno things to do look no further than the Alice in Wonderland trails

Drop into the Llandudno tourist information centre to pick up an Alice in Wonderland trail map. Your map will guide you as you follow the 55 cast rabbit footprints around Llandudno and discover sculptures snippets of information, and random Alice quotes.

You can download the apps If you prefer. There are 3 apps available for Llandudno Alice in wonderland trails. Alice Origins will help you find the Characters of Wonderland who will introduce themselves to you (This app is free). Download Tour 1, The White Rabbit App (£2 .99).

This app starts you at the tourist information centre, Mostyn street and finishes at the Camera Obscura in Happy Valley. (Earphones are recommended when using the trail).

This app will transform the sights into a 3D experience for your first part of the Alice in Wonderland trail. Download Tour 2, Alice’s Looking Glass App (£2 .99) and continue the second part of your journey in Alice’s Wonderland.

Starting at the Pier entrance on North Shore, through Haulfre Gardens and to the West Shore to see Alice’s family holiday home at Penmorfa. (Earphones are recommended when using the trail). The apps can be downloaded from Google Play and the Itunes store. One of the best things to do in Llandudno with children.

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Things to do in Conwy

A great and easy trip to Conwy should be on your list of things to do in Llandudno. There are so many things to see in Conwy and starting at the castle is the perfect place to experience all of the amazing attractions in Conwy.

Conwy Castle

Conwy is just 4.5 miles from Llandudno. You can drive, catch a bus or if you feel fit even walk. Conwy Castle dominates the landscape like nothing else. As the town of Conwy comes into view the castle rises up from the rock it sits on to greet you as you enter the small seaside village.

Conwy Castle was one of a handful of the Iron Ring castles Edward the 1st built during his conquest of the Welsh lands. The castle was meant to intimidate any potential uprisings by the Welsh people.

This is an amazing castle big, brutish, and strong after 800 years. The inside these days is just a shell, but one can get a sense of the goings on that would have happened in its hay day. A climb to the top of one of the towers is rewarded with a view of Conwy Bay and the rolling green hills of Wales.

Conwy Town Walls

The walls of the castle still stretch around the town of Conwy. We recommend a stroll along the 12th-century fortifications for great views of the town, castle and seaside.  The walls are impressive on a scale like no other in Wales.

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Conwy Suspension Bridge

You may notice the Conwy suspension bridge which sits next to Conwy Castle. The Conwy Suspension bridge was built to blend in with the style of the castle. This amazing castle was constructed by King Edward in the 12th Century.

The Smallest House in Great Britain

The Smallest House in Great Britain (Welsh: Y Tŷ Lleiaf ym Mhrydain Fawr) is known to tourists as the Quay House. It is a tourist attraction on the waterside in Conwy. The Smallest House in Great Britain is just 72 inches wide by 122 inches high. The house dated back to the 16th century and had been lived in until 1900.

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What blew us away was the fact that the last person to live in the house was a man reported to be over six feet tall! I must admit I was impressed at just how small the inside was but at the same time at how homey it was as well. There were a dining table and a small seat to sit on.

Llandudno Parking for cars, motorbikes and motorhomes

For the day-trippers looking to spend a few hours and find some things to do in Llandudno, there is no shortage of parking. Expect to pay anywhere from 50 pence for the first hour up to 4 pounds 50 pence for 4 hours plus when in Llandudno parking. 

There are designated Campervan and Motorhome bays at Morfa Bach car park in Conwy, and Maelgwyn Road car park in Llandudno. You will find 10 designated car parking lots in Llandudno.

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Llandudno Weather

Weather in Wales is an hour-by-hour, day-by-day proposition and Llandudno weather is no different. July is the hottest month in Llandudno with an average temperature of 15°C (59°F) and the coldest is January at 5°C (41°F). For those looking for the longest days with the best chance of sunshine, you will get 7 hours in June.

The wettest month with the most rain is November with an average of 161mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 16°C. Like all places, the weather in Llandudno will be what it will be. Pack for summer and bring winter clothes for those unpredictable Welsh days.

Llandudno Tourist Information

For more Llandudno tourist information you can check the official website at If you are in town the Llandudno Tourist Information office is located at  26, Victoria Centre, Mostyn St, Llandudno. We are sure when you visit Llandudno you will find something for the whole family.

How to get to North Wales

  • The nearest International airports are located in Manchester and Liverpool
  • You can pick up a rental car at Manchester Airport and Liverpool Airport
  • From London take the M6 motorway then the M56 towards Chester
  • By Train, the North Wales Main Line is the railway line from Crewe to Holyhead.

Places to stay in Llandudno

  • Places to stay in Llandudno include Caravan Parks, Hotels, Resorts and Guest homes.
  • The main areas to stay in would be Llandudno and Conwy
  • For the budget conscious we suggest the Llandudno Hostel
  • Check HERE for North Wales Tourist parks and Llandudno self-catering options
  • For Guest House in Llandudno CHECK here
  • Hotels in Llandudno generally start from around $110.00 a night for a double room 3star and increase incrementally as the luxury rating rises towards the 5-star average price of $158.00.
  • For Llandudno accommodation in hotels, we recommend checking out Hotels Combined for the best range and prices

We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit North Wales in the United Kingdom. There are so many things to do in North Wales that will have you entertained and inspired on your vacation.

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7 thoughts on “Amazing things to do in Llandudno all year round”

  1. I so want to explore this area and its small towns. I’d be interested in doing all the things you’ve noted, and I’d love to see the smallest house! How cool! BTW-I love the photo of the rocks and the beach with the town behind. 🙂

  2. I have never heard of this destination and yes, it totally looks like it is right out of the Victorian era. Cable cars scare me lol but the view from it is gorgeous!

  3. I love the idea of an Alice in Wonderland tour. Eating a cream scone on the pier does sound a bit like heaven. #mondayescapes

  4. I love learning about places I’ve never heard of! So interesting!

  5. I’ve been to the U.K. several times, but somehow I’ve missed out on Wales. Llandudno looks like such a gorgeous town to stroll around. I love the Victorian buildings.

  6. Arcades, castles, cable cars…sign me up! What a lovely place to visit. Your girls are living the life because they have some fun parents taking them around the country! your photo of Llandudno Pier is spectacular!

  7. Such a great post there is so much useful information, this is a place that our families love, my hubby went many times as a child, however I have never been and keep saying I will remedy that! This has made me realise I really do need too! Thanks so much for linking up #MondayEscapes xx

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