Llandudno often attracts a crowd of beachgoers during the summer months with its seaside location, elegant pier, and clean beaches. Located in north Wales, one of its most popular areas is the North Shore Beach promenade, where you can enjoy a variety of water sports and family-friendly games throughout the year.

    Northeast of Llandudno is where you can explore a maze of copper mines dating back to the Bronze Age and slide down the longest toboggan ride in Wales. When you’re in a coastal town like Llandudno, you can’t skip the quintessential fish and chips so we’ve included a local favourite in this list. Read on for our guide on things to do in Llandudno. 

    What are the best things to do in Llandudno?


    North Shore Beach

    Get a tan on this expansive public beach

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    North Shore Beach is one of the best beaches in Llandudno to enjoy summertime activities such as sunbathing, windsurfing, and parasailing. Also called Llandudno Beach, the sheltered beach has a beautiful Victorian-style pier and a promenade that spans from the foot of Great Orme to Little Orme. The eastern end of the promenade is popular amongst families as it has a playground, paddling pool, restaurants, cafes, and concession stands. Shopping malls such as Victoria Centre and Marks & Spencer are within a 5-minute walk of North Shore Beach promenade. Choose a hotel situated along the promenade of North Shore Beach to have everything within reach.

    Location: Llandudno LL30 2LG, UK

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +44 (0)1492 577577


    The Great Orme tramway

    Sit back and enjoy views of the countryside

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    • History

    The Great Orme tramway has been carting passengers to and from Llandudno since the 1900s, making it one of the oldest street tramways in the world. The route consists of 3 stops, namely Victoria Station in the town centre, Halfway Station (where you need to disembark and switch trams), and the Great Orme Summit Station. Along the way, you’ll pass through the picturesque Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve. Return tickets cost around £8.10 for adults and £5.60 for children between 3 and 16 years old. 

    Location: Victoria Station, Church Walks, Llandudno, North Wales, LL30 2NB, UK

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm (10 am to 5 pm in March & October)

    Phone: +44 (0)1492 577877


    Great Orme Mines

    Go for a self-guided tour of the prehistoric mines

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    Llandudno’s Great Orme Mines are regarded as the largest prehistoric copper mines in the world. These narrow tunnels date back to the Bronze Age and features a 145-metre-deep Victorian mine shaft. If you’re not claustrophobic, we highly recommend exploring these passageways, many of which seem to be built by young children. The Mine Visitor Centre is where you can see a model of a Bronze Age village and an extensive collection of authentic artefacts and mining tools. The Great Orme Mines are within a 5-minute walk of the Tramway’s Halfway Station. 

    Location: Pyllau Road, Llandudno LL30 2XG, UK

    Open: Daily from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1492 870447


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    Llandudno Cable Car

    Play a round of golf at the Great Orme Summit Complex

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    The Llandudno Cable Car carries passengers from the Happy Valley Botanical Gardens towards the Great Orme Summit Complex, offering panoramic views of the Iris Sea throughout the 20-minute journey. Established in 1969, it’s one of the longest cable car systems in Great Britain, with the highest peak at 80 feet above sea level. The Great Orme Complex features a restaurant, bar, and souvenir shops, as well as family-friendly facilities such as an adventure playground and a golf centre. 

    Location: North Parade, Llandudno LL30 2XF

    Open: Late March–late October: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm (closes at 5 pm in March and October)

    Phone: +44 (0)1492 877205


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    JNL Llandudno Ski and Snowboard Centre

    Slide down Wales’ longest toboggan ride

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    • Adventure

    JNL Llandudno Ski and Snowboard Centre is where you can enjoy slope-based activities throughout the year. Its most popular feature is the Cresta Toboggan ride, which is the longest of its kind in Wales. The ride spans 750m in length and offers beautiful views of Llandudno Bay. Other facilities here include snowboarding, skiing, and snow tubing, as well as a miniature golf course. Set along Wyddfyd Road, JNL Llandudno Ski and Snowboard Centre is 0.5 miles east of Great Orme Tramway’s Halfway Station. Lessons are available from £10 upwards.

    Location: Wyddfyd Road, Great Orme, Llandudno LL30 2QL, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1492 874707


    Conwy Castle

    Climb the tower for panoramic views of Conwy

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    Conwy Castle is one of Llandudno’s most impressive medieval castles. Built between 1277 and 1307, it features 2 barbicans and 8 high towers overlooking the Welsh countryside. During your visit, you can explore the bow-shaped great hall, royal chambers, kitchen and chapel to get a sense of life back in medieval times. Tickets cost around £9.50 for adults and £5.70 for children. Located on Rose Hill Street, 20-minute drive from Llandudno’s North Shore promenade. Accommodation wise, you can choose from the hotels available in Conwy.

    Location: Rose Hill Street, Conwy LL32 8AY, UK

    Open: Daily from 9.30 am to 5 pm (hours vary by season)

    Phone: +44 (0)1492 592358


    Happy Valley Park

    Check out the bust of Queen Victoria atop a drinking fountain

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    Happy Valley features many landscaped gardens and hills with views of Llandudno’s most popular attractions. One of the town’s oldest public parks, its distinctive landmark is a drinking fountain with a bust of Queen Victoria dating back to 1887. On sunny days, many locals enjoy activities such as hiking, jogging, and picnicking at the Botanical Gardens of Happy Valley Park. You can also tee off at the onsite miniature golf course or enjoy live performances at the open-air theatre. 

    Location: Happy Valley Rd, Llandudno LL30 2QL, UK

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 4 pm


    Llandudno Pier

    Catch the sun setting over the Irish Sea

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    • History
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    Llandudno Pier is a Victorian-era harbour that’s popular for its extensive range of restaurants, food stands, and bars, as well as family-friendly activities all year long. With a length spanning 2,295 feet over the Irish Sea, it’s one of the longest piers in UK. You can find 2 arcades at Llandudno Pier, one of which is located at the promenade area and the other close to the pier head.

    Location: Pier, North Parade, Llandudno LL30 2LP, UK

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1492 876258


    Venue Cymru

    Watch the latest films at this multipurpose centre

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    • Couples
    • Nightlife

    Venue Cymru is where you can enjoy a variety of live performances in Llandudno. It can accommodate over 1,500 people at a time, making it one of the town’s largest theatre and conference centre. Located on the promenade, it has 2 restaurants with views of Llandudno Bay. There’s also an onsite cinema where you can watch the latest Hollywood films, as well as an arena hosting touring musicals, theatre, and workshops throughout the year. Venue Cymru caters to those with disabilities with services such as assistance dogs, audio-described performances, and dementia-friendly screenings.

    With this in mind, if you're travelling with a furry friend, there's pet-friendly accommodation options in Llandudno, too.

    Location: The Promenade, Penrhyn Crescent, Llandudno LL30 1BB, UK

    Open: Box office: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 5.45 pm, Sunday from 1 hour before showtime to 15 minutes after curtain up

    Phone: +44 (0)1492 872000


    Fish and chips

    Try this British classic at Fish Tram Chips

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    As a seaside town, Llandudno has a number of restaurants serving Britain’s ever-popular fish and chips. This fuss-free takeaway food is made up of deep-fried potato chips and battered cod or haddock fillet. While you can find many fish and chips stands by Llandudno Pier, locals often credit Fish Tram Chips as the best place to enjoy this dish. Located opposite the Great Orme Tramway, this traditional diner uses only sustainable wild fish and Maris Piper potatoes, as well as serving it with a side of homemade mushy peas.

    Location: 24 Old Rd, Llandudno LL30 2NB, UK

    Open: Daily from 12 pm to 7.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1492 872673

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