Llandudno – (North Wales Trip 3/3)

This is the 3rd Day of our North Wales Trip, start from  beginning including Snowdonia, Betws y Coed, Chester & Caernaforn here

Sunday was spent in Llandudno, since we hadn’t seen a lot of the town yet. First was some shopping on Mostyn Street which is filled with stores and passed figures from Alice in Wonderland which are located all over the resort celebrating Alice Liddell (The Real Alice in Wonderland), who inspired the book author Lewis Carrol.  The street takes you all the way to the bottom of the Great Orme and the entrance of Llandudno Pier. Fully open today, we strolled to the bottom and back admiring the views of the Great Orme and the promenade, located at the end is an amusement arcade, Beach Bar & Beach Café. It is probably one of the most scenic & beautiful seaside resorts I’ve been to in such a quiet rural area.

Then, time for some lunch at The Palladium. I wouldn’t usually include my lunch at the local wetherspoons, but this was something special! The exterior of this wetherspoons pub looked intriguing and the interior was even more dramatic! I have been to many Wetherspoons 😀 but this converted theatre is the Grandest. The stalls, entrance and stage is the main seating and bar area, where you can admire from below the boxes, circles and architecture which have all been preserved and decorated to show off the buildings heritage.

After lunch, we decided to explore the Great Orme, Many of the attractions including the Great Orme Tramway and Cable Car (the longest Aerial Cabin Lift in the UK) taking you to the top were closed until March, therefore, we had to do it the hard way and walk up! Happy Valley is situated on the side of the Great Orme which makes the walk up less punishing, it features a host of wildlife animals, gardens and walks, the restored Camera Obscura offering great views over the town and the cable car base station. Here also lies a major part of the Alice Trail including the King & Queen of Hearts Chairs giving views out to sea, plus the White Rabbit and the Tea Party.

Climbing further up is access to Great Orme Country Park and then we discovered Llandudno Ski Centre which contains a huge Ski Slope, Sno-tubing, Alpine Bar & Restaurant, Alpine Adventure Golf and Britain’s longest Toboggan Run! Beginners lessons are available for Snowboarding & Skiing but we had to try out the Toboggan Run! At £5 for 2 rides it’s great value and gives you the chance to be cautious on your first go and then go for it on your 2nd!  Firstly you climb 250 metres to the top while you admire the views of Llandudno Bay and even Snowdonia, then its downhill from there as you speed through 750 metres of winding track through sharp corners and slopes. You can go at your own pace as the cart has its own brake, 2nd time I hardly touched the brake and feared for my life on a few of the turns as I was flung up into the corners! It’s great fun for everyone and recommend everyone to have a go when visiting Llandudno, plus, it’s open all year round 🙂

The walk down was much easier and that wraps up the weekend. Overall, had a great time exploring North Wales and although much of it was out of bounds as the main season hasn’t kicked in yet, there is still plenty to see. Would love to visit in the summer soon to see the main season in full swing, Has anyone been & how busy is it in peak season?

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