Great Orme Tramway

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  • 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

Great Orme Tramway - Review

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 Information

  • 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.

Great Orme Tramway Ticket Prices

  • 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 by Public Transport

  • 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.

Restaurants Near Great Orme Tramway

  • 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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TripHobo Highlights for Great Orme Tramway

  • 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Great Orme Tramway

  • 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.

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Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno Reviews

  • Waited about half hour to purchase a ticket as lots of people were heading up the Orme by tram. Friendly and helpful staff in the ticket offices and on the trams. Lovely cafe at the Victoria station. We bought ice cream to eat while we waited on the platform- it was delicious. Spectacular views from the tram...have your camera ready! Great fun at the summit...had our picnic lunch overlooking the bay, explored the Orme and the visitor centre, played mini golf and had a cuppa from the Summit Cafe. We got one of the later trams back to town at about half past five after a fun day out.

  • This historical tramway is over 100 years old but is modern in the efficiency of the operation. The ride to the top of the Great Orme is in two sections requiring a change of tramcars half way up or down. The cable cars are similar to those famous in San Francisco and the ride offers amazing views as you climb higher and higher to the shop, bar and cafe at the summit. There is a car park at the summit and it is possible to drive up and do the return trip down and back.

  • I've been coming to Llandudno regularly all my life, I've climbed the Orme fully and partially many times with family and friends so this time when my partner and I came with our two young children we decided to take the tram, we were not disappointed! All the fun and fantastic views of a hike without hearing "are we there yet" or "my legs are hurting". Fantastic idea to have the halfway station set up as a mini museum. Great to see the trams kept in such good condition. Wonderful way to enjoy a beautiful view for those with young children, old bones, a disability or just wanting to try something new.

  • If you don't fancy taking a cable car to the top of the Great Or me. Then this is the best way to travel. Only an eight minute walk from Llandudno Pier. The Trams arrive every ten minutes and reduce any Peak time queue quite significantly. The journey to the top of the Great Or me requires two trams. So the first Tram reaches the Halfway Station where you disembark and wait for the second Tram to take you to the Top. Again the waiting time is less than ten minutes. At this Halfway Station you have the option to visit the Prehistoric Copper Mines only five minutes from the Station. I cant stress enough, how incredible this Neolithic Site is. Its truly spectacular and should become one of the Wonders Of Wales. This is even more remarkable than Stonehenge. Please go and visit with your children, you will not be dissapointed and the kids will be amazed also. At the Peak of the Great Orme is a large complex with Cafe, Rest rooms and Stunning Panoramic views of North Wales.

  • We could have driven up to the top or even walked but the novelty of riding a tram up a mountain was more thrilling. Lovely views of surrounding areas. There is a coffee shop at the top with a variety of refreshments and a lovely gift shop. We walked down to the valley towards the sea. Advisable to wear good walking shoes. Took the tram back to the town centre. Altogether enjoyable. Return ticket is only a fraction more than a single so it's best to buy a return ticket.

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