10 Things to Do in Llandudno in a Day

What is Llandudno Famous For?

Penny Wong | Compulsive Traveller
5 Sep, 2018

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. 

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Start the day on the North Shore Beach promenade

Get a tan on this expansive public beach

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.

Location: Llandudno LL30 2LG

Open: Daily, 24 hours

Phone: +44 (0)1492 577577

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Take the tramway to the Great Orme

Sit back and enjoy views of the countryside

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, Isle of Man, Blackpool and the Lake District. 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

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

Phone: +44 (0)1492 577877

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Explore the Great Orme copper mines

Go for a self-guided tour of the prehistoric mines

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

Open: Daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Phone: +44 (0)1492 870447

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4

Ride the Llandudno Cable Car

Play a round of golf at the Great Orme Summit Complex

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. Return tickets for the Llandudno Cable Car cost around £10 for adults and £8.00 for children.

Location: North Parade, Llandudno LL30 2XF

Open: 1st April – 31st October: Daily from 10am to 5pm

Phone: +44 (0)1492 877205

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5

Toboggan down the Llandudno Ski Slope

Slide down Wales’ longest toboggan ride

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

Open: Monday – Sunday from 10am to 6pm, Thursday from 10am to 10pm

Phone: +44 (0)1492 874707

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Must-See: Conwy Castle

Climb the tower for panoramic views of Conwy

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 from £9.50 for adults and £5.70 for children. Located on Rose Hill Street, Conwy Castle is a 20-minute drive from Llandudno’s North Shore promenade. 

Location: Rose Hill Street, Conwy LL32 8AY

Open: Daily from 9.30am to 5pm

Phone: +44 (0)1492 592358

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7

Relax at the Happy Valley Botanical Gardens

Check out the bust of Queen Victoria atop a drinking fountain

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. You can also tee off at the onsite miniature golf course or enjoy live performances at the open-air theatre. 

Location: Happy Valley Road, Llandudno LL30 2QL

Open: Daily from 10am to 4pm

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8

Eat fish and chips

Try this British classic at Fish Tram Chips

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

Open: Daily from 12pm to 7.30pm

Phone: +44 (0)1492 872673

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Chill at Llandudno Pier

Catch the sun setting over the Irish Sea

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. Both are open every day from 10am to 10pm during the summer months, and from 10am to 5pm for the rest of the year.

Location: Pier, North Parade, Llandudno LL30 2LP

Open: Daily from 10am to 5pm (open till 10pm in summer)

Phone: +44 (0)1492 876258

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End the day watching a show at Venue Cymru

Watch the latest films at this multipurpose centre

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.

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

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

Phone: +44 (0)1492 872000

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