Llandudno has so much to offer the visitor and is within easy reach of all our holiday cottages on the Bodnant Estate. And with so much to do in this beautiful Victorian seaside town, you might need more than a day to explore it all.
The Great Orme
You can’t miss the great hunk of rock jutting out into the sea and there is so much more to discover here than you think. Mined during the Bronze Age, the Orme held rich deposits of copper, a material that was used for everything from jewellery to weapons. The mines on the Orme stopped in the 19th century and today, the inquisitive visitor can enjoy the tunnels it has left behind.
As well as being home to rare and ancient flora and fauna, the Orme is a great place for a windswept walk (but stick to the pathways). There is a cafe at the top and a small mini-golf course.
If you don’t fancy the steep walk or drive up and down the Orme, hop on The Great Orme Tramway instead. Adults prices start from £8.50 and children aged 3 to 16 years start from £6.
Piers were a favourite of the Victorians who loved walking the gangplanks, enjoying the feeling of being all at sea. So it’s no wonder that Llandudno has one of the finest examples in the UK today.
Today, it stands at a magnificent 700 metre long, with evidence of both Victorian and Edwardian design and features.
For today’s visitors, there are small shops to enjoy as well as small play areas for children, along with an arcade and a small cafe at the furthest end. You can also try your hand at hooking crabs in the water below when the tide is in.
At the furthest end of Llandudno promenade, you’ll find a paddling pool on the sea front with a small local cafe close by for refreshment. And just across the road you’ll find Bodafon Farm.
This small farm is fantastic for keeping children amused for an hour or two and is affordable too. There are different kinds of animals for children to learn about as well as pets, with daily tractor rides an absolute delight for smaller children.
Check the Bodafon Farm website for opening times as they tend to open late in the morning once the farm chores are complete. Time it just right, and there might be a lush outdoor BBQ to tuck into too!
Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre
If you enjoy a tipple or two, you’ll love this tour of Penderyn’s brand new distillery in the old lifeboat station on Lloyd Street. You’ll need to book a tour as they are in big demand.
Retail Therapy – Mostyn Street
Llandudno high street has a mix of national chains and independent retailers. The main shopping street is Mostyn Street which runs from one end of the bay to the base of the Great Orme, But don’t forget to explore the side street where you’ll find some hidden gems of local retailers, selling crafts and local produce.
There is so much to discover in Llandudno and after a busy day, you can return to your holiday cottage and relax in the tranquil setting of the estate.