The largest seaside town in Wales, Llandudno is picture postcard perfect, with a wide u-shaped beach and parade, bright pastel colored mansion-like Victorian hotels and plenty of restaurants, shops and attractions to suit any tourist. The Victorians were very taken with the scenery and by 1864, it was nicknamed the ‘Queen of the Welsh Resorts.’ It still remains a popular tourist destination.
In the early 1800s Llandudno was home to fisherman and workers in the copper industry. Lord Mostyn, who owned the Great Orme—the enormous limestone cliff that dominates the western skyline, as well as the bay and marshlands that now make up the town, developed the area into a tourist destination. That is why the town is so well laid out and has so many similar looking buildings. The town is almost all Victorian or later.
There are panoramic views from the Great Orme, the cliffs just above the magnificent Summit Hotel—which dominates the western side of the beach. The large promenade in front of the beach is a favorite place to walk at any time of the day. Also a highlight on the beach is the award-winning, Grade II listed Llandudno pier.
Within the town there are lots of specialty shops, as well as a large shopping center. There are walks and cycling trails nearby. The Town Trail offers a historic tour of the town. The local theatre, Venue Cymru, is well-respected and has all types of entertainment, operas, plays, ballets, etc. The Llandudno Cable Car takes riders up to the summit of Great Orme for beautiful views and rare wildlife.
One of the best times to go is during the Victorian Extravaganza, a three-day carnival, with parade and many musical groups. It’s such an important festival to Llandudno that it has its own website dedicated to the event.
Llandudno is easily reached by car or train, which comes right into Llandudno from Llandudno Junction. Anyone who rides the train can only go one way out of Llandudno, so some thought might have to be taken as to route once you return to Llandudno Junction. There’s a wide range of accommodation, including hotels, B&Bs, hostels, self-catering and camping.
There are day trips that can be made from Llandudno as well, either on the train or by car, including the 12th century Conwy Castle and walled market town of Conwy, which is just a short distance away. Snowdonia mountains loom in the distance and are a favorite for travelers.