Great Orme Tramway

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • Address: Victoria Station, Church Walks, Llandudno LL30 2NB, LL30 2NB, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-1492577877
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Tags: Outdoors, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Cable Car, Travel, Landmarks

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • Great Orme Tramway Address: Victoria Station, Church Walks, Llandudno LL30 2NB, LL30 2NB, United Kingdom
  • Great Orme Tramway Contact Number: +44-1492577877
  • Great Orme Tramway Timing: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Great Orme Tramway Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Great Orme Tramway(preferred time): 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
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  • 95% of people who visit Llandudno include Great Orme Tramway in their plan

  • 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

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

85.86% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Great Orme Tramway

People normally club together Llandudno Museum and Great Orme Copper Mine while planning their visit to Great Orme Tramway.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • We walked up and down first and did it quicker than the tram but it was a nice relaxing experience and a good way to get to the summit of the Great Orme if you don't want to walk or drive. There's a cable car too which looks like fun but it was closed as too windy the day we went. The Great Orme is a lovely prob half day out, its a fabulous nature reserve, there's an old Bronze Age copper mine, cafe at the top with gift shop, and if you walk up you might see the seals on the beach as we did just lazing around in their natural habitat, well worth a visit.

  • A fantastic way to spend 2 hours in Llandudno. Tickets are bought just before you board and cost £8.10 return for adults and £5.60 for 3-16 year olds. The tram is suitable for most ages and abilities, including dogs however there are steep steps to board, and disembark the tram and a half way stop where passengers must alight a different tram. Those with mobility issues, prams or very young children, would certainly struggle. The Tramway itself is a delight to behold and the staff and stations proudly boast the long and rich history of this one-of-a-kind funicular system. The breathtakingly steep public road Tramway begins it's mile long steep ascent to the (half way station and) summit, providing vivid views of the Llandudno North shore and pier. The close proximity of residents boxed in front lawns and hanging baskets adds to the thrill of the climb. The tram has no seat belts and very narrow seats for 2(?) people, a lot of bracing of the foot is necessary! There are also no windows so prepare for very chilly winds. Once at the summit you can visit the exhibition at the Great Orme Country Park Visitor Centre, have a picnic at one of the many picnic tables, purchase a drink and snack at the Summit Complex, the kids can play on the large outdoor playground, or you can follow one of the many walks on the Orme. You could also simply breathe in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings. The views are absolutely spectacular and apparently on a clear day, you can see as far as Blackpool and the lake district. You can descend on any returning tram and again have to disembark at the half way station. All in all, well worth a visit. Do try and get there before 11am as there was a very long queue after this, also bring warm clothes/a jacket, and it is difficult to find parking but some of the side roads do have on-street spaces available.

  • A nice little trip. Very reasonably priced. Friendly staff, a different way to see the Great Orme. A good cafe and gift shop up the top. A very interesting visitors centre with some fascinating stuff. Be prepared for it to be a breezy up there though

  • Really nice surprise at the top, never been to Llandudno before. Luckily we had nice weather. Recommend the tram, run every 10 minutes or so, bit expensive for the 3 of us but a great experience.

  • Amazing views from this place. Nice ride on the tram a bit pricey though for the big family. Lovely walk down from Great Orme. Could spend all day at this place. There is a playground for the children, a place to have something to eat, golf, and most importantly the most fascinating views to look at.

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