The Great Orme, Llandudno

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Address: Llandudno Wales U.K.

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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.

The Great Orme Information

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

How To reach The Great Orme by Public Transport

  • 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.

Restaurants Near The Great Orme

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

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  • Lots of things to do on the Orme. I'd avoid the summit complex as its dirty, crowded and expensive. Visitors centre and wildflower garden is lovely. There are copper mines to visit, cable cars, ski and toboggan run, happy valley. My favourite thing on the Orme is the drive around the road that goes all the way round the Orme. You drive past St Tudnos church and also the Rest and Be Thankful cafe which is much nicer and cleaner than the summit complex. Coming down you go along "millionaires row" which are expensive exclusive houses. Finally coming back to the West Shore end of town. There is also a bus that goes up the Orme and also the land train that stops at the Rest and Be Thankful for refreshment.

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  • Great views but the café, gift shop and car park aren't cheap.

  • Fantastic panoramic views of the entire area. Worth a visit at sunset!

  • Amazing views at the top worth the toll

  • Lovely views

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