Llandudno wins the generation game

Holidaymakers have been coming to Llandudno for generations, and it's still one of the best all-round destinations for every generation of your family. Quite apart from the elegant Victorian resort itself, the area has activities and adventures for everyone from toddlers to grandparents.

Where to start - Great Orme?

Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno

The best starting point? Great Orme, a mighty hill that juts into the sea above the town. It’s a fine walk, but just as much fun on the 111-year-old tramway or, if you’ve a head for heights, soar to the summit on Britain’s longest cable car. There’s plenty to do on its summit: a visitor centre, nature reserve with wild Kashmir goats, pitch ‘n’ putt golf, play area, and stunning views all the way to the Lake District – and down to the Blue Flag beaches below. But while Great Orme is probably your best multi-generational bet, the area has some trump cards for every member of the family.

Young children

The sheltered hollow on Great Orme’s eastern flank is called Happy Valley, and little ‘uns will be more than happy to follow the Alice in Wonderland Trail of sculptures inspired by Lewis Carroll, who was in turn inspired by Alice Liddell, who spent her summer holidays here. Just back from the seafront (where there are more Alice-related landmarks), Bodafon Farm Park has rare breed animals, birds of prey, an adventure area, and mini-tractors for the kids.

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Older kids

Climbing on high platforms in the trees at Tree Tops Adventure, Conwy

Tree Tops Adventure, Conwy by jobbys.m

Conwy is a cracking example of a medieval walled town, and it’s also got a gem of an attraction in Plas Mawr, the finest Elizabethan townhouse in Britain. Children can often be underwhelmed by historic houses, but what makes this a winner is the superb quality of the guides, who bring the past vividly to life (and if you take an evening ghost tour, they summon up the supernatural, too).

Teenagers

On the flanks of Great Orme, Llandudno Ski Slope has a long, long run that’s perfect for trying out skiing or boarding, or honing skills for your next Alpine trip. For non-skiers, they’ve also got Wales’s longest toboggan run.

Llandudno Pier, North Wales

Rhos-on-Sea is an excellent location for ‘stand up paddle surfing’, or Hoe he’e nalu as it’s called in its native Hawaii. We don’t know what the Hawaiian is for ‘repeatedly falling in while your friends laugh’, by the way.

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Mum & Dad

Llandudno and Conwy have both got tons of excellent shops, bars, restaurants and art galleries (try the Mostyn gallery in Llandudno, and the Royal Cambrian Academy in Conwy). It’s also worth hopping on the Conwy Valley Line train down to the classy little market town of Llanrwst, or continue to beautiful Betws y Coed, which is one of Snowdonia’s main hubs.

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Grandparents

Great Orme, Llandudno

We don’t want to get into age-stereotyping here, but if you don’t fancy the paddle surfing (or you’ve already mastered it and fancy something more sedate) then Llandudno’s superb Promenade and Pier have miles of flat, easily navigable surfaces.

The Victorians also created a four-mile scenic Marine Drive around Great Orme, so that gentlefolk could enjoy the views from their carriages without the aggro of walking. Nowadays the best way to do it is in a classic Leyland Tiger Cub, an hour-long coach trip which is superbly narrated by a guide who’ll tell you all about shipwrecks, German submarines, and of course the resident goats.

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