Over a hundred years ago, a wooden tramcar started on a journey through a wild windswept plateau and entered into a wonderland of dynamic nature. Today one can take a trip in the Great Orme tramway and experience an exhilarating and invigorating ride out into a breath taking and magnificent countryside.
Wide open windows allow you to breathe the exceptionally pure air and rest your eyes on acarpet of grassland and rare flowers, creating a spectacular display of colour. It rises slowly through craggy limestone cliffs and makes its way through grandeur views of hazy mountain ranges with the sun shining brilliantly at the top.
The Great Orme Tramway hasa rich history and with it is the story of its rare flora and fauna.There are two varieties of butterfly which are unique to the area, the wild Kashmir goats exclusive to the Great Orme and theOrme’s beautiful, rare flowers.
Based on a funicular system, the descending tram moves easily down the track with gravity helping it on its way. The ascending tram however needs a lot of help, and in its climb against gravity it gets help from the descending tram.
The Tramway is controlled from the engine house at the Halfway Station. There are two attendants who keep a look out on the upper section since the track goes over an open hillside and can be crossed by the public and animals at any point.
The tramcars were each named after a local Welsh Christian Saint, and had been lovingly restored over the years.The tramway was opened in its two stages: the lower section on 31 July 1902 and the upper on 8 July 1903. By 2001 the entire Halfway Station, its control room and its power plant were completely rebuilt and re-equipped.
The tramway has three main stations, a lower station named "Victoria” a middle one aptly named 'Halfway', and the Great Orme Summit station. Passengers must change trams at the Halfway Station as upper and lower funicular sections are physically separate.
A ride on the tramway magically lifts your spirits, but there’s so much to do on the Great Orme.
- This is one of Britain’s healthiest spots, and walking through the country park with a park warden will introduce you to the variety of flowers which developed in the Arctic age and yet they retain their character even now.
- Great Orme Kashmiri goats can be seen grazing all over the countryside and it is believed that Queen Victoria was presented with the goats by the Shah of Persia.
- At Orme’s amazing Bronze Age copper mines, you will find the largest Prehistoric mine so far discovered in the world .Over 3,500 years ago miners used stone and bone to carve this remarkable structure. Hard hats are given to children when visiting these tunnels.
- Sno-Tubing at Llandudno Ski and Snowboard Centre allows you tobogganing, sno-tubing, on the fabulous artificial ski slope covered in the patented Perma snow surface. It also has the crazy Alpine golf.
- Saint Tudno’s church was built in the 12th century and was dedicated to its founder St. Tudno. The church has been restored several times over the years. However, there is a remarkable medieval survival, a carved wooden roof boss high above the chancel step depicting the 'stigmata' or five wounds of Christ. It has its own cemetery was well.
Great Orme Tramway Travel Tips
- Once you have booked with the tramway, you will receive full booking confirmation of your visit and a group risk assessment document from them, and it’s always better to arrive 10/15 minutes early since there is a slot system.
- The tramcars can accommodate 2 wheelchairs or 2 prams that fold. All final decisions are made at your tram driver’s discretion. Please note that they can be left at the Victoria station and the staff is very helpful.
- Want to bring your dog? Why not, well behaved dogs are welcome.
- Llandudno's Victorian railway station is disconnected from the main North Wales line and all services change at nearby Llandudno Junction.
Entrance Ticket Details For Great Orme Tramway
- Adult GBP 6.00 & Children (3-16) GBP 4.20
- School tramway(return) – £3.20; School Mines – £3.75; School Country Park Walk – £2.00; School Sno-Tubing – £4.00.
- For every 8 children, 1 adult travels free.
- Additional adults will be charged at the school rate.
How to Reach Great Orme Tramway
- Trains from Manchester, Cardiff, and Holyhead change at Llandudno Junction.
- Weekly National Express service to New castle-upon-Tyne on Sundays.
- 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.
- The nearest airports are Liverpool and Manchester but only Manchester is directly linked by train.
- Local buses operate from Rhyl, Bangor, Caernarfon, Llanberis and Llangollen.
- Fish Tram Chips
- King’s Head Pub
- Number1’s Bistro
- Poolside Restaurant at the Empire
- Queen Victoria’s Pub and Restaurant
- Topolino’s Town Pizzeria
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95% of people who visit Llandudno include Great Orme Tramway in their plan
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43.27% of people start their Great Orme Tramway visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Great Orme Tramway
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Great Orme Tramway Reviews & Ratings
Is it open today during Covid 19 9/9/20Answer Report Abuse
how do you bookAnswer Report Abuse
Is the ticket price a single rideAnswer Report Abuse
The return tickets of Great Orme Tramway are priced at 8.10 Pounds per adult and 5.60 Pounds per child (3-16).Report Abuse
Is the tram running on sunday October the 6thAnswer Report Abuse
The Great Orme Tramway runs from Late March to Late October. to know the exact dates of running, you will have to call on 01492 577877.Report Abuse
what are the dates for opening and closingAnswer Report Abuse
The Great Orme Tramway runs between March to October, but exact dates are not mentioned on the official website. You can call them on 01492 577877 to check their updated schedule.Report Abuse
What are the times of trams and how long does the round trip take.Answer Report Abuse
The Great Orme Tram runs between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM. The roundtrip takes about 20-30 minutes.Report Abuse
Can we purchase tickets online from Australia?Answer Report Abuse
I do not think you can book tickets online, but you can contact them on 44 1492 577877 to reserve your spot if possible.Report Abuse
When will the Cable Car be reopening this year 2019 thank you P PlattAnswer Report Abuse
It is said to be opening from 24th March in 2019. But, travelers are encouraged to call on 01492 577877 before planning a visit to confirm the opening times.Report Abuse