Holidays in Llandudno
Discover why this charming seaside town is the ‘Queen of the Welsh Resorts’
Great Britain is renowned for its traditional seaside resorts and Llandudno, on the north coast of Wales, is particularly fine example. Overlooked by the imposing Great Orme headland, Llandudno boasts long, sand and shingle beaches for those looking to relax by the sea, whilst the countryside of the peninsula on which the town sits is perfect for walkers and hikers.
A township since the thirteenth century, Llandudno, like many British coastal resorts, rose to prominence in the Victorian era. By 1848 Llandudno had become an established fishing and copper-mining town with a population of around a thousand when it was proposed to the local landowner, Lord Mostyn that the town might achieve further prosperity as a holiday resort. By the end of the nineteenth century, significant development including the construction of a new pier, a two-kilometre seafront promenade and a pavilion plus new hotels and guest houses had transformed the town. The arrival of the railway in 1858 sealed Llandudno's success, bringing hordes of holidaymakers from the Midlands and north-west of England and earning Llandudno the nickname 'Queen of the Welsh Resorts'.
Modern Llandudno retains its Victorian splendour and natural beauty but also offers a host of entertainments for visitors including both a tramway and a cable car to the summit of Great Orme as well as museums, public gardens and traditional seaside amusements.