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Llandudno bay

Llandudno [3] is a Victorian-era seaside resort situated on the picturesque north coast of Wales. Once a favourite of Queen Victoria, Llandudno still retains an old-world charm that sets it aside from other British seaside resorts. Llandudno is set between the cities of Bangor and Chester and is easily accesible by road and rail.


Llandudno has the distinction of being the largest seaside resort in North Wales. It lies between two notable carboniferous headlands, the Great Orme  and the Little Orme  with the Irish Sea  on one side and the estuary of the River Conwy  on the other. It is these headlands and the two waterfronts, the North Shore and the West Shore, that give Llandudno its special appeal.

Although settlements have existed on the Great Orme since the Stone Age and an Iron Age hill fort survives at Pen-y-Dinas, Llandudno was developed as a seaside resort in the Victorian era. As such, it has Victorian charm - large Victorian houses, fine hotels lining the bay, a pier, boat trips round the headland, Punch and Judy on the wide promenade, an excellent lifeboat service, and a fine theatre with ballet, opera, orchestral concerts, ice shows and pantomime in season.

Llandudno from the entrance to the town

Llandudno has a prominent Welsh speaking community, greatly increased by the frequent visitors from rural communities further inland whose primary day-to-day language is Welsh.

Get in

By train

  • Through trains from London Euston, 6 times a day, change at Llandudno Junction
  • Through trains from Manchester, every hour on weekdays (2½ hours). 
  • Through trains from Liverpool (approx. 2-2½ hours), change at Chester or change at Chester and Llandudno Junction (it depends on the timetable how many changes there'll be).
  • Trains from Crewe, every hour on weekdays, change at Chester and/or Llandudno Junction.
  • Trains from Cardiff, every two hours on weekdays, change at Llandudno Junction.
  • Trains from Holyhead, every hour on weekdays, change at Llandudno Junction.

By car

From England: From the M6, take the M56 in the direction of Chester, North Wales. Take the M53 in the direction of A55, North Wales at the end of the M56. This becomes the A55, stay on this for 30 miles or so until you see signs for the A470 turn off. From here follow signs for Llandudno.

By plane

Nearest airports are Liverpool [4]  and Manchester [5] but only Manchester is directly linked by train (from airport by train to Manchester Piccadily, then change train). From Liverpool airport: take a bus to Liverpool Lime Street station [6], then take a train.

By bus

Local buses operate from Rhyl (every 12 minutes), Bangor (four per hour), Caernarfon, Llanberis and Llangollen but there are no daily long distance coach services to Llandudno. National Express [7] has a daily service from London calling at Llandudno Junction (three miles away). There is a weekly National Express service to Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Sundays.

Get around

  • Take the scenic Conwy Valley Train from Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
  • Gwynedd Red Rover Tickets [8] cost £5.50 for unlimited day travel on the Conwy Valley train, on all buses in Snowdonia and on all buses in the Conwy Valley and throughout western Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey.


Panorama of the Great Orme, with Llandudno infront
  • Bronze Age Copper Mines, ph: (0)1492 870 447 [9] - Recently discovered bronze age mines on the upper slopes of the Great Orme. Tours start off with a brief talk on the mine and seeing tools found in excavations, before heading down into the mines! Great fun and well worth a visit, although the tours aren't very long.
  • Fossils in the exposed limestone faces of Bishop's Quarry near the summit. 
  • The Victorian Pier,  the finest in Wales, second longest in Britain and one of a dwindling number of recreational piers in the country.
View of the promenade from the end of the Pier


The Grand
  • Ride the traditional tram [10] (built in 1902) to the summit of the Great Orme, enjoy the visitor centre and visit Randolf Turpin's Bar in the Summit Complex [11].
  • Go for walks over the Great Orme, perhaps visiting Saint Tudno's church [12].
  • Walk, cycle, drive or ride a coach around the Marine Drive [13]. There is a toll of £2.50 for cars but that includes free parking at the summit car park, which is reached by a side road via Saint Tudno's Church. The toll is generally not in place after 7PM.
  • Take the cable car [14] from the Happy Valley to the summit of the Great Orme.
  • Walk in the Happy Valley [15] and the Haulfre Gardens [16] and enjoy the magnificent views.
  • Visit the Happy Valley artificial ski slope [17] or take the toboggan run from the top...
  • Ride a donkey or just enjoy the sun on either of Llandudno's two beaches, North Beach and West Shore
  • Visit Bodafon Farm Park, [18] a working farm that includes a bird of prey sanctuary (lots of owls included).
  • Take a dip in the lovely, large paddling pool, on the east end of the promenade.
  • Take the stairs on the west side of the pier to some rock pools (at low tide only!).
The Great Orme from the Pier


  • Portfolio Local Photography, Llandudno Pier, [1]. Visit this lovely little gallery at the end of Llandudno Pier.  It sells prints of North Wales by local photographer Geoff Steen.
  • The famous colourful stick of rock with inner layer spelling out Llandudno.


Llandudno is home to many food venues catering for all tastes and budgets.

For a traditional ice cream, visit Llandudno's famous Fortes which has been serving freshly made ice cream for the past century.


Cheaper venues include:

  • The Palladium [19] (Pub/Bistro of the J. D. Wetherspoon chain. Be aware that there is often a very long wait for food here at peak times, owing to the popularity and sheer size of the venue)
  • Fortes (Italian & Bistro)
  • Fountains (Trendy bar/bistro with decent selection of good quality sandwiches, pizzas and wraps)
J. D. Wetherspoon's "Palladium"

Medium Range

For those seeking a medium priced meal, there are several Italian and other ethnic cuisine restaurants in the town:

  • The Albert (Pub) [20]
  • Mamma Rosa (Italian) located in Craig-y-don but walking distance from the town along the promenade. Close to Venue Cymru and Boulevards. Recommended. [21]
  • Romeos (Italian) Lloyd Street [22]
  • Candles (Varied) On the corner of Lloyd Street and Madoc Street
  • The Bengal Dynasty (Bangladeshi) On the corner of Upper Mostyn Street and Prince Edward Square
  • Taste of India (Indian)
  • Home Cookin' (Bistro) Frankly the best of its kind for miles around! Hence the queues to be served most nights.Good food and friendly service.
  • The Fat Cat (Chain bar/bistro that offers more substantial medium-priced meals as part of its offering, alongside slightly cheaper range of sandwiches and lunches.
  • Jasmine House (Chinese) Opposite Trinity Church (above KFC) [23]
  • East (Chinese with a hint of Japanese) Opposite the Train Station. [24]


More up-market venues in the town include:

  • The Empire Hotel
  • The Seahorse
  • No.1s Bistro


Llandudno has experience an advent of European style cafe culture in recent years. Coffee houses have sprung up all over town. These include:

  • Cafe Culture
  • Waterstone's Cafe
  • Upstairs At Clair's
  • Fortes
  • Badgers (which specialises in traditional-British lunches and pastries).

Night Life

Though not on a par with the likes of Blackpool, Llandudno does have a vibrant nightlife scene with several popular bars and clubs. Busier in the summer months when tourists swell the ranks of revellers, a decent night out can be found in Llandudno all year round owing to the sizeable local crowd.

Along with the obvious Friday and Saturdar nights, Wednesday can also be busy with certain nightclubs offering popular reduced rates. Llandudno's 'trendier' bars can be found in the area of Upper Mostyn Street (walk down the Promenade towards the Cenotaph, then turn left down Gloddaeth Avenue).

  • Fountains A popular bar offering a varied drinks menu. Quieter atmosphere in the upstairs section, live DJ in the basement.
  • The Fat Cat Good food, well-made cocktails. 
  • Club 147 Popular on Friday and Saturday nights when '147' as it is commonly known transforms into a fully fledged nightclub. Also shows sports evens (but be warned; during international football or rugby matches, the crowd supports Wales and anybody but England (with tongue firmly in cheek!)
  • The Palladium The flagship Welsh pub of the J.D. Wetherspoon chain set in a former cinema. A very impressive sight. Crowded and often rowdy on weekends. Known locally as Wethers to the extent that some locals would not recognize its official name.
  • The Cottage Loaf A stalwart of Llandudno nightlife for decades, the Loaf is located beside the rear entrance to the Palladium. Local beers, live music, quiz nights and a great atmosphere.
  • The King's Head Situated beside the tram station. Offers a good variety of drinks, live music and quiz nights. Popular with young and mature crowds alike. Hosts outdoor local music evenings during the summer months.

Llandudno has two full sized night clubs, both located about a mile away from the centre of town (down the Promenade towards Craig-Y-Don).

  • Broadway Boulevard Very popular with the local crowd, Broadway is a large nightclub that attracts some well-known DJs. Drinks offers are available during the week (Wednesday night being the most popular). Be on your best behaviour, though; the door staff are strict and local Police pay close attention to revellers.
  • The Washington Known locally (if not affectionately) as the Wash. It bears a very slight resemblance to the White House, hence the name. Generally attracts a more mature crowd and provides a refuge for those who have failed to gain entry to Broadway. Thursday night is Gay night, which is always popular even with the straight crowd.

Gay Scene

Llandudno could certainly be seen as a Gay-friendly town when it comes to nightlife. The bars in Upper Mostyn Street attract a decent crowd.

Upper Mostyn Street


Owing to its origins as a Victorian resort, Llandudno has a vast array of family run B&Bs (service consisting of a basic room with a generic cooked breakfast). Llandudno has a wide variety of hotels, ranging in size and quality.


  • Llandudno Hostel (4 Star) [25]

Medium Range

  • The Royal Hotel  [26] Victorian-era building conveniently located to the town's attractions. Offers Wireless internet and inclusive on-site parking.
  • The Broadway Hotel  [27]. Built in 1865 this Victorian Hotel sits proudly on the edge of the Town Centre and 200 yards from the seafront.
  • Llymar Hotel [28]
  • Kensington Hotel Llandudno [29]
  • Bella Vista Hotel [30]
  • Elsinore Hotel [31]
  • Lauriston Court Hotel [32]


  • The Empire [33]
  • Cae Mor Hotel Llandudno [34]
  • St Georges Hotel, The Promenade, Llandudno. LL30 2LG (On the Promenade in Llandudno), 01492 877544, [2]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. North Wales Premier 4 Star Hotel and Visit Wales Gold Award Winner. Wales.

Stay safe

Llandudno is considered safe by any standards, though as with any other tourist destination, it is easy to fall into a false sense of security about your own safety. Note that Llandudno is also a fully functioning medium sized town and is therefore subject to the same difficulties as any other town.

Trouble associated with nightlife (drunkeness, anti social behaviour) is not uncommon. The Police take a robust response to incidents and maintain a visible presence on busy nights. Door staff can be strict and entry can be refused to pubs, bars and clubs.

As with any town, there are areas in Llandudno which tourists should avoid, though these areas are not areas where tourists would normally travel. These areas include:

  • The area behind and around the ASDA supermarket, opposite Parc Llandudno
  • The council estate behind the Llandudno Rugby Club
  • Parts of West Shore, particularly the council estate and King's Road
  • The area around Llandudno Hospital.


The massive annual influx of tourists is something that local people are used to. People from Llandudno are generally friendly, welcoming and appreciative of the economic boost that tourists bring to the town.

One issue that can arise is during international football matches. Hoards of fans wearing England strips and filling out the pubs should remember that the Welsh will rarely share their support for the England team and will often (in the spirit of good fun) cheer on the opposing team... Even if it's Germany! Don't make an issue out of this, it is not meant to offend. Plus, you are in Wales after all!

Get out

  • Conwy - fantastic castle and walled town, just 5 miles away from Llandudno. Walk the town walls for free, many stairs leading up to them are throughout the town. 
  • A cycle path now exists between West Shore Llandudno and Conwy, very flat and car free. Also suitable for pedestrians. [35]
  • A 'working' riverfront where you can find a riverfront pub for a drink and an ice cream stand that also sells hot drinks along with 'The smallest house in the UK'.
  • There's Conwy Butterfly Jungle just outside the town walls (now closed) 
  • A sightseeing boat that takes a 30 minute ride up and down the Conwy River (runs mainly on school holidays).
  • Various independent shops in the town and various independent cafes (including the Tower Coffee House, built into one of the wall turrets, right across from the castle and giving great views of the river). 
  • If you'd like a free place to relax and maybe a read, Conwy Library also has great views of the river from its upper lounge. 
  • You can also take a walk from the river front, through the gate and find your way along a riverfront walk, at the bottom of Bodlondeb. The walk takes you around Bodlondeb, where you can make your way to Conwy Marina, where there is an upmarket pub with a large outside dining area overlooking the marina. 
  • There are many hill walks around Conwy as well (National Trust gift shop under Aberconwy House sells some maps, there's also an independent bookshop in the town).
  • Aberconwy House, 14th-century merchant's house run by the National Trust.
  • Plas Mawr (The Great Hall), one of the finest surviving town house of the Elizabethan era to be found in Britain, run by Cadw (who also run Conwy Castle, see about a joint ticket for both!).
  • Chester - Roman walled city, 50 miles away (one hour by train).Create category

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