Things To Do In Llandudno
Llandudno’s ominous medieval castle is like a demanding keeper along with a series of well- maintained walls, encompassing narrow alleys rich with a variety of historic buildings. With a variety of accommodation options, tourist attractions, art & cultural offerings, and more, there’s so much to do in Llandudno. From amongst the things to do here, you can look forward to more than just activities or attractions, some other key constituents include its food, drinks and shopping sprees. Walking enthusiasts can take a walk along the renowned pier or attempt to surmount the Great Orme, while watersports fans can explore activities like kite surfing and stand up paddleboarding. Come nighttime, Llandudno’s Cymru turns up the liveliness with a variety of entertainment that includes everything from drama to comedy, opera to pop!
Punch & Judy Puppet Show
One of the longest-running shows, right next to the pier on the Promenade, the Codman Family’s been in the entertainment business and busy amusing families for over 150 years now! The Punch and Judy Show has daily shows scheduled between Easter through September over the school holidays and on weekend, with different show timings. Founded by Richard Codman in 1860, the puppet show was initially hosted near the Empire Hotel. The show runs entirely on donations from the audience and of course the sales of keepsakes from the exhibition trailer.
Alice in Wonderland Trail
The inspiration for Alice in Wonderland’s protagonist, Alice came from Alice Lidell, who stayed in Llandudno in 1861 and was visited by Lewis Carroll, the author. The connection between the town of Llandudno and Alice Lidell led the way to the Alice Trails. From the Hearts Quarter, through the town hall and into the Madoc Street, is the popular white rabbit marble statue erected in honor of Lewis Carroll’s birthday. As you move to the seafront, you’ll pass the glorious Mostyn Gallery and then the White Rabbit wooden sculpture donning a waistcoat and a pocket watch. Further along the trail, you’ll encounter the pier, a royal series of hotels that have been around since the Victorian Era, the Happy Valley and more! The Alice Trail is worth every bit of the stroll and pondering.
The Llandudno Beach’s a curved seashore spanning about 1 ¾ mile, set in between the limestone peninsulas of the Little Ormes Head and the Great Ormes Head. Backed by a wide promenade, the West shore beach represents a quieter side of the town of Llandudno in comparison to the North Shore and is immensely popular with tourists. You can explore the five major beaches of Llandudno – North Shore, West Shore, Conwy Morfa, Penrhyn Bay and Deganwy.
If being close to the sea leaves you wanting more, then visiting Llandudno will have you enjoying the short excursions here that operate right out of a jetty, but also witness the beauty and glory of the town’s marvels like the Great Orme, the Little Orme, Wind Turbines & more! Take a trip aboard the Seajay or other boats moored up & ready to move, with trips throughout the town at times convenient for you. The boat trips begin from the Llandudno Jetty on the promenade, Llandudno-North Wales, passing through the scenic pier and journey time of about 1 ½ hour, with additional fishing expeditions on request for 2/4 hours, weather permitting.
Enjoy walking about the paddocks watching rare farm breeds and the extensive aviaries that include tropical birds from across the globe and owls and take a farm heritage trail. The Bodafon Farm is open all days of the week and has a great offering for a family day out, where not only can you enjoy a stroll but also engage in activities like hand-feeding the owls, goats, deer & llamas, experience a tractor/trailer ride, pony riding, driving a mini tractor, assault courses on a 100ft inflatable course, face painting, arts & crafts. Should you wish to just relax, enjoy a drink and relish a delicious meal, then make the most of the courtyard with its Mediterranean styled courtyard, decorated with flowers with an outdoor BBQ, an Italian canopy and wood-fired pizza oven, all whilst all enjoying some captivating views of the town of Llandudno from the decked terrace, overlooking the big wooden play castle & adventure play area.
Llandudno Area Walks
There are 3 circular walks in the town of Llandudno with a mix of both urban and historical areas and countryside. With the small headland of limestones, the Little Orme to the bayside area of Llandudno, you will get to know about quarrying, early days of a printing press and a variety of finds from the Bronze Age era. The distance of 3.2 miles is covered with flat, uneven and steeps, closer to cliffs, pavements, grasslands, surfaced tracks and rocks. Then, there’s Nant Y Gamar, a beautiful space of limestone grasslands, renowned for the Juniper trees that grow there and locates an old maze, woodlands and a quarry as well. With a gradual climb through the woodlands and over the grassland, the path downhill is fairly steep, with some uneven ground, grassy woodlands and pavements. You can also explore Llanrhos and Deganwy, closer to the ruins of the Deganwy Castle, rich with gradual slopes and uneven path, all of 2.2 miles.
The Victorian Extravaganza and Transport Festival
The Victorian Extravaganza and Transport Festival was established about 34 years ago, founded by the Mayor Cllr Margaret Lyon, and a small group of local councilors. This festival typically takes place on the first Bank Holiday in May and includes a blend of vintage attractions, funfair and entertainment, is free of cost along with a variety of cost-free activities. You can expect a series of old-time fair rides, fun stalls, street parades every noon, people dressed in vintage costumes and a display of steam engines.
Llandudno Ski and Snowboard Centre
The Llandudno Ski and Snowboard Centre is located close to the Happy Valley and the Great Orme and was built in 1986 as Britain’s longest toboggan run, with a range of ski and snowboarding lessons befitting all age groups and abilities. The centre also has other adrenaline racing activities like toboggan and sno-tubing, with a licensed bar and restaurant and is known to host Artificial Ski Championships each year onsite. Wales longest Cresta Sleigh spans 750m, beginning at the base of the hill and ascends about 250m bringing to you some breathtaking views of the Llandudno Bay.
One of the most popular sites, the Venue Cymru is a conference center, an arena and a theatre in the town of Llandudno, Conwy Country Borough, and was originally known as the Aberconwy Centre & North Wales Theatre & Conference Centre. With a seating capacity of 1,450 in theatre styling at the theatre auditorium and 2,500 in the area and a classroom seating style for about 320 in the hall and 600 in the arena, Venue Cymru hosts some of the most popular names in the entertainment industry and is the hub for all of Llandudno’s cultural events, inclusive of the Welsh National Opera, latest film premiers, stand-up comedy acts and more such illustrious events, being just a few minutes’ walk from the Imperial Hotel.
Llandudno Cable Car
The town’s Cable Car is yet another popular attraction in the seaside resort of Llandudno that runs along the Great Orme, spanning a mile and 40 feet to be precise and has been operational since the summer of ’69. You can expect to enjoy a leisurely ride on an endless steel rope for roughly 9 minutes, with each cable car colored in varied shades of red, orange, yellow or light blue. You will also get to see the captivating views of Puffin Island, the Snowdonia Mountains and Anglesey before you return.