The Great Orme

More than 200 metres above the sea, The Great Orme is an astonishing coastal landmark. The limestone headland, whose name means 'sea monster', has ancient origins and protected nature reserve status. Take an enchanting guided walk up to the top, head to the summit on the Great Orme Tramway, search for species (you can't miss the goats!) or expand your knowledge in the visitor's centre. 

View of the Great Orme Tramway on a steep hill looking down to the sea.
On coast path looking down to sea.
View along Llandudno Pier looking out to sea

Great Orme Tramway, the view from the Great Orme and Llandudno Pier, North Wales

West Shore Beach

The rugged sandy expanse of West Shore Beach is much quieter than Llandudno's north shore, and with that comes great opportunities for kitesurfing, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) and shallow paddling. It faces Conwy Bay and Eryri (Snowdonia), with Conwy Castle nearby. Bring a picnic and enjoy the peace.

Oriel MOSTYN Gallery

Arguably one of the most picturesque galleries in Britain, Oriel MOSTYN Gallery is housed in an elegant building with a 20th century façade. It hosts contemporary art shows all year round, from showcases by major established artists to the works of hotly-tipped newcomers.

Elephant Cave

There are over 40 caves in and around Llandudno, many of which are small or water-filled. The best known is the Elephant Cave, just west of the pretty Haulfre Gardens. If you're an experienced climber, there are lots of routes you can take to scale the limestone wonders.

Conwy Castle

Part of the World Heritage Site, Conwy Castle was built for King Edward I at the end of the 13th century. Some 700 years later, it is still breathtaking. Go on a guided tour to take in the full picture, including easily-overlooked nooks and crannies and tales of medieval history locked in the walls.

Conwy Castle and estuary.
Aerial view of walkway to castle
Bridge towards Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle, North Wales

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Seals, chimps, tigers, bears, beautiful birds and exotic creatures can be seen at the Welsh Mountain Zoo. It is a conservation centre with revolving displays and a year-round programme of events. Beware the penguins and hawks; when they come out to play, they can be very friendly!

Bryn Euryn Nature Reserve

Climb to the top of this nature reserve on a limestone hill for panoramic views of the surrounding area, overlooking Rhos-on-Sea. A network of walking paths at Bryn Euryn winds through woodland and across grassy knolls, leading to the ruins of Llys Euryn – a historic 15th century house and 6th century hilltop fort.

Llandudno Pier

Stroll across Llandudno's main beach and head up onto this classic Victorian pier. It comes complete with traditional Welsh gifts, Punch and Judy stalls, penny arcades and retro stores. This landmark was originally built in 1876, and it remains a wonderful place to grab an ice cream while watching the coastal world go by.

Llandudno from the pier.

Llandudno Pier 

Venue Cymru

From blockbuster films and big bands to contemporary theatre and comedy, Venue Cymru is a huge modern venue in Llandudno. Major touring productions tend to stop there, as do the Welsh National Opera. The on-site restaurant has sea views, adding to the drama.

RSPB Conwy

Where else can you see lapwings and goslings against a backdrop of Snowdonia's mountains and Conwy's medieval castle? RSPB Conwy is a 47-acre wetland centre with precious species of fauna and flora and untamed landscapes. The visitors' centre has toilets, a cafe, a shop and binocular-hiring facilities.

More attractions in Llandudno and Colwyn Bay

Camera Obscura

Built back in 1859, Llandudno's Camera Obscura is still a thing of awe. It sits at the top of Happy Valley on the Great Orme, a vantage point that makes its 360° panorama possible. On clear days, you can see all the way to Liverpool Bay and Anglesey.

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