The Great Orme

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The Vikings left no written texts yet they used the Old Norse word to describe the Great Orme. They called it the sea serpent. It was dismal and depressing and though they tried to settle down, there was no permanency. Since then the continual and persistent process of change on Earth bought about a mystical and dynamic change in the Great Orme. Diversified and rare animals and plant life now dominates the Great Orme.

The Great Orme and the Little Orme are carboniferous headlands and between them lie Llandudno, Queen of the North Wales Resort. This is a part of Conwy County Borough and has the estuary of the River Conwy on one side and the Irish Sea on the other.

  • In 1860 the Codman family brought the Punch and Judy puppet show and it is still a major attraction till date.
  • Elizabeth Hughes known as the Donkey Lady introduced donkey and pony rides over a 100 years ago and since then the popularity has not diminished. The pristine North beach is home for these donkey and pony ride.
  • In 1878 Sir John Betjeman built a 2,295 foot long bridge and it still stands as the longest pier in Wales and one of the finest piers in Britain for recreational activities.
  • Speed boats are available from the Llandudno jetties and it has a sailing club as well.
  • The Victorian town centre has wide streets, restaurants, cafes, and a glorious view of the sea front. Trekking down these uncluttered promenades is very exhilarating because the trails are all carefully planned out.
  • At the town of Pen Morfa the people are very proud of the connection to Alice in Wonderland and there is a sculpture in honour of her.
  • The west shore is linked to the North Shore by the Gloddaeth Avenue and there is a fine model of a boating pond.
  • Happy Valley which was once a copper mine and later a stone quarry is now a part of Llandudno. It a garden which is the starting point of the aerial cabin car to the summit of the Great Orme.
  • The Marine Drive is a 4 mile scenic drive covering Saint Tudno’s church and Summit complex.
  • Great Orme Tramway is a remarkable historical survival. It will take you right to the top in two easy stages.
  • Cable Car from Happy Valley to the Great Orme summit is the longest Aerial Cabin Lift in the U.K.
  • The Enterprise is an exact copy of a 19th century London steam bus which is controlled by a coachman sitting out front but it is propelled by steam horse power.

  • You can visit here anytime, no specific open or close timings are mentioned.
  • Some of the events close down due to bad weather conditions.

  • By car as soon as A55 is reached follow that to Llandudno junction or you can travel up the A407 off the A55 and reach Conwy Road.
  • National Express operates services from most cities to Llandudno.
  • Travelling by sea: Irish ferries and Stena Lines run regular ferries from Ireland to North Wales.
  • Llandudno is easy to reach by fast express trains and there are many stops across the North West & North Wales. Direct trains run from Manchester and most other major cities.

  • Carlo’s Restaurant
  • Kava Café
  • Inglenook Café and Restaurant
  • The Cottage Loaf
  • East
  • West Shore Beach Café
  • Fish Tram Chips

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  • The Great Orme Address: Llandudno Wales U.K., United Kingdom
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  • 95% of people who visit Llandudno include The Great Orme in their plan

  • 43.55% of people start their The Great Orme visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see The Great Orme

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

91.55% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Great Orme

People normally club together West Coast Beach Llandudno and The Promenade while planning their visit to The Great Orme.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
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  • Love going up the orme but wish approach to summit had traffic lights as very narrow and when you get idiots driving to fast down its bit scary .and same when use toll road up to church really puts me off going up.views are stunning but prefer to look at them when standing and not from a rolling car

  • Great place to visit. Take the tram, cable car or drive up. £3.50 parking for 4 hours. Lovely gift shop and café needs a visit for large and tasty cakes. Also a must to play the crazy golf which is good for all ages

  • I love this place take my family at least once a month lots to do walking drive around the orme there's a toll of 2.50 a car tobogganing cable cars skiing not for getting the mine if you like to be a bit adventure . Not for getting the beautiful tram that goes up the orme there is only a few of these trams left now it's a must ride. When you get to the summit (679ft) there's beautiful 360 views of llandudno the little orme Conway estuary puffin lsland Anglesey to the Snowdonia mountains. There's a pub up at the top gift shops and a restaurant where you can get hot cold food hot cold drinks ect . Have a walk around there meet the goats and sheep and visit the church and cemetery where old sailors are buried . Have a walk on the nature trails and prehistoric remains Llandudno cable car is the longest cable car in Britain.

  • My husband and myself walked up to great Orme from Llandudno to the Victoria station it was hard but great walk. We then continued up the rest of the way by tram the view was fantastic.

  • beautiful landscape it is worth visiting

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