Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno
About Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno
Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno - Address, Phone Number
Address: Victoria Station, Church Walks, Llandudno LL30 2NB
Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
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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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Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno Reviews - Write a Review
Fantastic , beautiful , can't stop smiling when I think about it. You MUST go on this if you go to Llandudno. £7.50 up and down , I paid but it was so nice at the Summit , I decided to walk back down.......no refund needed. Majestic (Simply Majestic) well done to all the workers , be it maintenance , drivers , of ticket office , and the Cafe. Long may this be a treasure. I have wanted to go on this since Guy Martins programme showed it. Smashing that! I was not disappointed . Lovely.
It's a great experience abut shot but worth it. Be aware that they close for winter. Make sure to have warm clothes as it does get windy at the top. Kids will love it. There usually a wait to get on the team but they run with friquincy of 15 mind.
We went on the tram on August bank holiday when Sun was shining and there was thousands of people packed into Llandudno. So upon reaching the tramway station I didn't anticipate how long the queue would be! Wouldn't have felt as long if your little one didn't ask every 2 minutes "is it here yet?" :D My parents been on this several times and said it was the busiest they've seen it. Although didn't wait as long as I thought (20mins). 44 people can fit on and there are two alternating so one is on its way back as one is on its way there. Staff very helpful and chatty. Tickets for adult £7.50 children 3-15 £5.00. They do cater for those with buggies/prams although they have to go in where the driver is. I noticed a few people in wheel chairs also went on the tram I didn't see how they accessed the tram as it was opposite side. Brilliant views both on way up and down would recommend taking a decent camera I sadly only had my phone on me. Very windy at the top!!
Views are fantastic and it really is quite an experience going up a track so steep. Prices are reasonable £8ish? For a return trip. You can see the workings of the tramway at an engine house just past halfway up. Restaurant and bar as well as a visitor centre at the top. You can also drive up to the top. Trams are every 20 minutes.
Beautiful place to be, its a town i love. The tram up to the summit of the Great Orm is a great experience, with views that are breath taking. The pier is a delight, i hope it never changes. The Promenade is spacious, flat, long and a pleasure to have a slow amble on. There plenty of shops and places to eat in the side streets. The whole place is so wonderful.
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