Things to do in Llandudno

It’s hard to sum up Llandudno, so broad is the Welsh town’s history. Initially a mining town that dated back to the early Stone Age, the town was transformed into a Victorian seaside resort in 1847 making the most of Llandudno’s huge bay, sandy beaches and the dominating presence of Great Orme, a towering limestone headland that rises out of the Irish Sea.

Great Orme is a great place to start your Welsh adventure. Not only does it offer stunning views across to the Isle of Man and back inland towards Snowdonia on a clear day, the headland is home to a visitor centre, café and restaurant and the longest continuous cable car in the UK. Once you’re at the top, you can either take the long way down via a series of paths that make the most of the impressive wildlife and nature on display or hop on the 750m long toboggan ride which drops you off near the Happy Valley Gardens near North Shore beach.

The seafront is just as action-packed, with a 700m pier, dozens of cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants and a huge sandy beach crammed with attractions. And our hotels in Llandudno are well-placed to take advantage of the best activities, entertainment and culture in town including Venue Cymru, several fascinating museums and historic town-centre parks.

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Activities

A Welsh seaside resort with a big history, Llandudno is dominated by the mini mountain of Great Orme serviced by the longest continuous cable car. The town is also home to the longest pier in Wales and the longest dry ski slope in Britain, plus several museums, brilliant parks and more.

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Entertainment

Llandudno has some of the best beaches in the country covering everything from donkey rides and Punch and Judy shows to windsurfing and birdwatching. Away from the coastline, Venue Cymru is one of the best theatres and venues in North Wales and a state-of-the-art cinema complex.

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Places to eat

Our roundup of the best cafés and restaurants covers everything from sunny-day ice creams, fish and chips and forward-thinking pizza toppings to fine dining, family meals and more.

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Nightlife

Whether it’s beachside cocktails, real ale pubs, swanky wine bars or late-night clubs, Llandudno’s nightlife scene is one of the best in north Wales with something for everyone.

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Shopping

The leading retail space in North Wales, the Victoria Shopping Centre is located on the northern shore of Llandudno in the heart of the town’s best shopping district. The centre is home to dozens of stores including Boots, Waterstones and The Body Shop as well as several cafés and food and drink outlets, while it also has nearly 400 car parking spaces for shoppers.

Nearby off Conway Road is the Mostyn Champneys Retail Park, a large and modern shopping centre where you’ll find big-name brands like Argos, Aldi, Halfords and Smyths as well as over a thousand free parking spaces and an on-site McDonald’s.

For a more fashion-focussed experience, the nearby Parc Llandudno Retail Park boasts high street names like Debenhams, Monsoon, River Island and Next and several food and drink outlets including Costa Coffee.

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Getting Around

The closest airport to Llandudno is Manchester Airport, with the 70-mile journey taking around 80-minutes by car and around two and a half hours via train with one change at Manchester Oxford Road. The third-busiest UK airport with nearly 30 million passengers each year, the airport has hundreds of daily flights a day across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world from a wide range of airlines including easyJet, Ryanair, Virgin, Emirates and more. Make your journey even more straightforward by staying the night before you fly at one of our hotels near Manchester Airport.

The main train terminal in town is Llandudno Station. Right in the heart of the action, a short walk from the main shopping centres and Venue Cymru, the three-platform station has regular departures to Manchester, Betws-y-Coed and Llandudno Junction where you can catch ongoing trains to Birmingham, Chester, Bangor and Holyhead.

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Llandudno shopping

Llandudno shopping

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Getting around Llandudno

Getting around Llandudno

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