North Wales’ largest seaside resort
This Victorian-era seaside resort is famous for many reasons. It’s travel writer Bill Bryson’s favourite resort, a place where the Liddell family of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ fame had a holiday house and it’s a popular tourist destination to boot.
Once developed as an upmarket Victorian holiday town, this destination has kept much of its 19th-century charm with a few new additions like guesthouses and restaurants. There’s also the longest pier in Wales here, beaches where you can take a donkey ride and lovely canopied streets lined with shops behind the promenade. Looming over the promenade lined with pastel seafront buildings are 2 ancient mountains, Little Orme and the Great Orme, creating a spectacular setting for all visitors to the area.
A spectacular marine drive that’s carved into a sea cliff links beaches on the north and west shore. The West Shore beach is where Alice Liddell holidayed as a child – yes, the ‘Alice’ of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Llandudno was also visited by the author, Lewis Carroll. Many tourists head to the West Shore beach where there’s also a statue of the white rabbit from ‘Alice in Wonderland’. It’s just one of the places you can explore on the ‘Alice map’, which shows off over 40 interest points on the Alice in Wonderland Trail.
White rabbits aside, there’s plenty more to do here. You can jump on an alpine cable car from Happy Valley to the Great Orme Country Park, then whizz back down on the Orme dry ski slope to visit the incredible Oriel Mostyn Gallery showcasing the work of local artists and the Llandudno Museum back in town. When night falls, check out the entertainment centre at Venue Cymru. You can get active here too with kitesurfing and paddleboarding. And you must try the local Conwry mussels and mountain-reared lamb, and don’t forget a stick of seaside rock candy!