Llandudno Spotlight: What Makes This Resort Town So Special?
Sea views, plenty of culture, winding walks and cute coffee shops. What’s not to love about Llandudno?
You’ve likely heard of the iconic seaside town and timeless holiday destination, Llandudno, located along the stunning North Welsh coastline. Attracting thousands of holidaymakers and visitors each year, it’s safe to say Llandudno is a hot spot for tourism. But aside from being the largest seaside resort in Wales, just what is it that makes Llandudno so special?
Llandudno is home to two award-winning beaches, Llandudno North Shore Beach and West Shore Beach, both of which boast stunning views overlooking the Irish sea. When visiting Llandudno, you can enjoy all the classic elements of your traditional seaside resort. From donkey rides along the sand to live music from the bandstand, Llandudno has it all.
Plenty of accommodation
There are plenty of caravan hire options in the area, and with our coastal parks having straightforward access to the A55, Llandudno is just a short and sweet journey away when staying with us at Lyons Pendyffryn Hall in Penmaenmawr, or our other parks in Towyn, Abergele, Rhyl or Prestatyn. There are plenty of holiday lodges in Llandudno itself to choose from, with the notorious B&B’s lining up on the seafront, many having stood there since the turn of the century.
Stunning sea views
Wherever you look in Llandudno, your eyes will be blessed by that gorgeous expanse of the deep blue sea. From East to West, the panoramic views of the Irish Sea stretches out for days, and during the cloudless sky spells, you’ll be able to see Puffin Island on the horizon!
Families love coming to this cheery resort year-round, often to visit the sheltered and dry valley. This former quarry was developed to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887. It’s now mostly known as the place to go tobogganing, dry slope skiing, and play on the putting green.
Llandudno has remained unchanged throughout the years, making it home to some iconic features and architecture. When you think of Llandudno, pastel-coloured sea-front hotels, Punch and Judy, and the elegantly stretched pier may spring to mind.
Being 700 metres long, this must-see attraction is pretty hard to miss, graciously stretching into the Irish sea. Along Wales longest pier, you’ll find delicious food stalls, independent shops, stalls, and arcades. Why not enjoy a tasty ice cream or a cone of chips as you absorb picturesque views of Llandudno and The Great Orme!
The White Rabbit
This unique tour is a homage to the real-life character who inspired Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland. The West Shore is a quiet beach that pays tribute to Alice Liddel who spent childhood holidays between 1862 and 1871 here. The free tour follows fictional statues installed in the town centre and offers joy to many families each year.
The Great Orme
Coast or country? How about both! A trip to this seaside resort would be incomplete without a stroll (or ride) through The Great Orme Country Park. If you don’t fancy taking the 207m ascent to the top on foot, take a ride on The Great Orme Cable car or Tramway and enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. On clear days, you can see all the way to Liverpool Bay and Anglesey!
Culture in Llandudno
Despite Llandudno’s establishment of modern-day attractions, the iconic seaside town has maintained its Victorian and Edwardian elegance throughout the years. Llandudno is home to one of the countries oldest Punch and Judy shows, which has been running for more than 150 years now!
Make sure you visit Llandudno museum on Gloddaeth Street, which is home to a portfolio of ancient artefacts which relays the story of this coastal town right through to this present day. Mostyn Art Gallery is also a must-see, boasting 6 galleries of work by contemporary Welsh artists on Vaughan Street. If you’re visiting at the right moment, you might even see the wonderful Llandudno Jazz Festival or even the Extravaganza which we touch on below!
Plenty of history
If you’re not one for sun, sea, and sand, Llandudno has a vibrant cultural scene and rich history to explore. Expect ancient castles, impressive art galleries, and a jam-packed calendar of arts and festivals throughout the year. There’s certainly never a dull moment in the town of Llandudno!
Pop down to the nearby resort of Conwy that’s only around 5 miles away. Here, you’ll be treated to exceptional views of the ancient fortress of Conwy Castle. Standing proud at almost 740 years old and contains the most intact set of medieval royal apartments in Wales.
You’ll certainly find something to enjoy at this reputable venue, with a wide variety of entertainment from blockbuster films to contemporary theatre and comedy to choose from! Enjoy some drinks in the bar pre-screening, or take a tour of the galleries and oriels in this world-known cultural venue.
Llandudno Summer Extravaganza
This wouldn’t be a seaside resort town without a good old-fashioned funfair! Although the pandemic forced the Extravaganza to a halt last summer, this incredible funfair that takes over the town centre is in its 36th year. The biggest free event in Wales attracts thousands who all make the most of the fairground rides, sweet treats, stilt walkers, bouncy castles, and more!
Llandudno’s location on the beautiful Welsh coast isn’t just a feast for the eyes. It’s a delight for the appetite too! Shellfish fishing is what makes North Wales famous on the culinary scene. This means Llandudno is one of the many resort towns serving plenty of local delicacies. If you’re a fan of mussels, whelks, cockles and oysters, you’re in for a treat!