LLANDUDNO & THE
More than 200 metres above the sea, The Great Orme is an astonishing coastal landmark with Stone Age origins and nature reserve status. Take an enchanting guided walk, head to the summit on the Tramway, spot some rare species or relax at the café or pitch and putt course.
This rugged beach terrain – something of a dream for geologists – can feel like another world entirely on a quiet day. Facing Conwy Bay and Snowdonia, it’s the perfect place to escape to or enjoy a walking adventure around, and offers a range of places to stop off for a picnic.
Surely one of the most picturesque galleries in Britain, Mostyn hosts consistently excellent contemporary art shows within an elegant building with a classic early 20th century façade. You can expect to see major established artists and the best up-and-coming practitioners at a venue which enjoyed a major recent expansion.
The slopes of Happy Valley are classic picnic territory with plenty to do. Peek through the mid-19th century camera obscura, visit the Elephant cave, or climb to the top to have some tobogganing fun or even try your hand at skiing or snowboarding on the dry ski slope.
Part of the World Heritage Site, Conwy was built for King Edward I at the end of the 13th century, and it’s liable to take your breath away more than 700 years later. The tours are particularly worth taking in – full of nooks and crannies, Medieval history weaves through this place.
Llandudno’s acclaimed heritage centre is a fittingly diverse home for the story of a Welsh town’s evolution from industrial heartland to popular coastal resort. Visit the Welsh kitchen, find out about the copper mines, get up close to Roman tiles and see sculptures and paintings in the elegant gallery spaces.
Seals, chimps, beautiful birds and exotic creatures abound at one of the country’s most popular zoos. This is a conservation centre with revolving displays and plenty going on throughout the year – just watch out for the penguins and hawks, who are given plenty of freedom when they come out to play.
Climb to the top of the limestone hill nature reserve for stunning 360⁰ views of the surrounding area overlooking Rhos on Sea. There’s a network of walking paths through woodland and across grassy knolls, the Summit Trail and Woodland Trail, leading to the ruins of Llys Euryn a historic 15th century house and 6th century hilltop fort.
Stroll across the beach and head up onto this classic Victorian pier, complete with traditional Welsh gifts, Punch and Judy stalls, arcades and retro stores. This landmark was originally built back in 1876, and it remains a wonderful place to grab an ice cream and enjoy the spectacular views out to sea.
From blockbuster films and big bands to contemporary theatre and comedy, this huge modern venue is the place to catch a show. The Welsh National Opera often perform here, and make sure you visit the café and restaurant for uplifting sea views, as well as the gallery space for revolving exhibitions.
Where else can you see lapwings tumbling and goslings preening, with glimpses of the Snowdonia mountains and Conwy's medieval castle? RSPB Conwy offers a fascinating trip for the whole family, whether in a pushchair or long shorts! There’s always a warm welcome in the Visitors Centre, and something tasty in the monthly farmer’s market.