Llandudno has activities and adventures for everyone from toddlers to grandparents. Here are some brilliant suggestions for things to do in and near this wonderful North Wales seaside town.
Great Orme for the whole family
Great Orme is Llandudno’s own mini-mountain which rises straight out of the sea to a height of 207m. You can walk up if you’re feeling energetic, or take the historic Great Orme Tramway which has been ferrying passengers to the summit since 1898. Alternatively, you can test your head for heights with a ride 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, plus stunning views all the way to the Lake District.
The sheltered grassy hollow on Great Orme’s eastern flank is called Happy Valley. There’s plenty of space for the little ones to run around, plus fabulous sculptures of characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to discover. The fictional Alice was inspired by real-life Alice Liddell, who used to holiday in Llandudno, and the sculptures are part of the town’s Alice Trail.
Kids will also love to explore the exciting sights and sounds of the Victorian pier - the longest in Wales. The pier is home to noisy, colourful fairground rides, ice-cream sellers and shops packed with seaside gifts.
Inspire imaginations with a trip to the medieval walled town of Conwy. The perfectly preserved 12th century Conwy Castle and town walls, both part of a UNSECO World Heritage Site, are torn straight from the pages of a fairytale. Young knights, wizards and princesses will have a fantastical time exploring them. There’s also Plas Mawr, the finest Elizabethan townhouse in Britain. Restored to its opulent former glory, knowledgeable guides and high-tech interactive displays bring the history of this fascinating house to life. Make the most of your money by buying a special ticket that gives reduced entry to both Plas Mawr and Conwy Castle.
There are a lot of different things for teenagers to do at Zip World Llechwedd. As well as Titan 2, Europe’s first four-person zip line and Bounce Below, with its extraordinary subterranean trampolines, there's underground adventure golf and a Deep Mine Tour.
They can have indoor fun at the Boathouse Climbing Centre, climbing up to 8 meters high. Boathouse also offer an number of outdoor activities including gorge walking and kayaking.
Llandudno and Conwy have both got tons of excellent shops, bars, restaurants and art galleries (try the Oriel 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, Bohemian Betws y Coed. This mountain resort is the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park and the perfect jumping off point for just about every type of outdoor activity.
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 is perfect for a gentle seaside stroll. The Victorians also created the scenic Marine Drive, a four-mile private road that hugs the edge of the Great Orme, so that gentlefolk could enjoy the views from their carriages without the hassle of walking. Nowadays the best way to do it is on a vintage coach trip, an hour-long journey in a classic coach superbly narrated by a guide who’ll tell you all about shipwrecks, German submarines, and of course the resident goats.