Llandudno Pier is one of the top attractions in North Wales, and a fantastic place to head to for families wanting to while away an afternoon. Open until 10pm during the summer, and all year round weather permitting, except Christmas Day, there is so much to do there, from food to eat and arcade games to play.
Food and Drink
Treat yourself to a fresh doughnut while on the Pier. These delicious doughnuts are a favourite of visitors to Llandudno, so be sure you don’t miss out! Children will also love to get bags of sweets at Judy’s Traditional Sweet Shop, with rock, fudge and much more to choose from. The Pier Café and Pier Bar are big hits with tourists, where you can tuck into fresh sandwiches or a cream tea at the café and beers, wines and spirits at the bar, which also hosts live music acts in the summer. Of course, a highlight of the food you can get on the Pier is the traditional fish and chips. Watch the sea splash below you while you tuck into a cone of salty, vinegary chips!
Llandudno Pier, which sticks 700 metres into the sea – the longest in Wales! – has plenty of room for stalls to do a spot of shopping. Returning in 2018 are fresh fish, oysters and cooked mussels available to buy on the Pier. There are also stalls selling leather goods like bags and purses while others offer hats, scarves and gloves for the colder days. The costume jewellery stall is a popular shop for young girls visiting the Pier, and young boys won’t be left out due to the Joke Shop.
Being a seaside town, there have to be beach goods, where you can find all your equipment and accessories for beach days, along with a chance to buy beautiful shells from Wales and around the world. You might also want to bring back a gift or holiday memento and the shops selling memorabilia and Welsh gifts are the perfect places to get some delightful trinkets!
Arcades are a favourite attraction of seaside resorts, and Llandudno is the place to go in North Wales. The arcades are open 10am to 5pm offseason and in the summer, 10am to 10.30pm. There are two arcades on the Llandudno Pier, the Leisure Island at the promenade end, and the Deck Arcade on the Pier Head out to sea. Enthusiastic staff are on hand to provide advice on the many games, and you can have a go on some of the classic games along with new ones in an effort to win prizes, money and tickets for another go.
As Llandudno Pier is such an iconic spot in North Wales, it is the ideal location for many events throughout the year. There are live music events at the bar every week, and the Pier is a central part of the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza which takes place in May. The Pier is often home to funfair rides, which is excellent entertainment for families visiting the seaside town. The landing stage has also been refurbished, which enables sailings to return to the Pier, which is always exciting to watch.
Did You Know?
When Llandudno Pier originally opened in 1858, it was just 74 metres long, built on 16 wooden piles. It was built by St George’s Harbour and Railway Company, who had built the rail line between Llandudno and Conwy. It was also severely damaged in the Royal Charter Storm of 25 October 1859, which caused the loss of hundreds of ships and lives in British waters. The Pier was repaired, but too short and could only be used at high tide.
The Pier as it stands today was built using iron castings and opened to the public on 1st August 1877. New landing stages were added over the years, rebuilt in concrete and steel in 1969.
Until World War II, the public was charged an admission fee to the Pier, giving them access to musical entertainment on the pierhead bandstand. A small orchestra was even established in 1877. Today, there is free access to the public to the beautiful Victorian pier.
Llandudno Pier is just one of many fantastic attractions to visit when staying at our Wales caravans for sale – take a look at some of our other blogs for more attractions and activities in North Wales!