Today I want to bring you my guide to visiting Llandudno, Wales. This seaside town in North Wales is a beautiful place to visit in the UK in summer and is one of the best weekend breaks in Wales. I hope I can inspire you to go.

Llandudno, Wales

Llandudno, Wales

As my train trundles west along the North Wales coastline, I’m in awe of the landscapes. On one side is the beach, rife with holidaymakers, beach umbrellas, and children running with buckets and spades.

On the other are the thick green hills, which, if I watch patiently, reveal the turrets of medieval castles nestled among their folds. I’m traveling to Llandudno, Wales, and I can’t wait to get there.

West Beach in Llandudno, Wales

How to Get from London to Llandudno

This is not least because I accidentally got on the wrong train at Euston station in the morning, and my 3.5 -hour journey from London to Wales turned into a 5.5-hour one.

By the time I stopped in Crewe and Chester and boarded my third train of the day, I was more than ready to arrive at the famous seaside resort town in Wales.

British Train Station

Where to Stay in Llandudno

When I finally did, my endurance was rewarded by beautiful blue skies, a friendly host at The Hilary, a guesthouse I was reviewing, and a renewed stockpile of energy to explore the town.

The Hilary Guesthouse, Llandudno

Things to Do in Llandudno, Wales

Llandudno itself is not very big. It has a northern beach, a western beach, a town center, and a Great Orme.

What is the last of these, you ask? It’s a big hill at the end of a peninsula that towers over the town and beckons hikers and adventure sports enthusiasts to its rocky slopes.

The Great Orme’s tramway and cable cars make it accessible to even the most exercise-phobic, as do boat trips that leave from the beaches and circle the hill.

Great Orme in Llandudno, Wales

Beaches in Llandudno, Wales

I start at the west beach in Llandudno, which is gorgeous in the late afternoon sun. From there I can see long stretches of coastline looking out onto Anglesey, once the famous home of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Western Beach in Llandudno, Wales

Retracing my steps, I head up to the north beach, passing through the town center with its beautiful and well-maintained Victorian architecture.

Historic Hotel in Llandudno, Wales

The north beach in Llandudno is much busier than the west one, with is curving promenade and pleasure pier.

The pier is the longest in Wales, and as I walk along it, the carnival rides and candy shops remind me so much of Brighton Pier that I might think I was there were it not for the giant wind turbines in the distance.

Llandudno Pier in Wales

Llandudno High Street

After returning to the shore, I take a walk down Llandudno’s busy high street. The building facades are all nice and new, but many of the shops are run down.

I double back, passing by a nicer part of the street that’s buzzing with cafes and restaurants, and walk over to the start of the tramway.

Llandudno Cafe in Wales

Fish and Chips in Llandudno, Wales

But I’m not there to take the tram. No, I’m there for Fish Tram Chips, the chippy that serves award-winning fish and chips in a tiny dining room.

I take a seat, order my cod and fries, and dig into a giant plate of steaming hot deliciousness. The fish is so fresh that I can see why they’ve won so many awards.

Fish Tram Chips in Llandudno, Wales

Walk Up the Great Orme in Llandudno

After dinner I need some exercise to work off the calories and assuage my guilt for eating such an unhealthy meal (for the second time in a week, no less).

Goats Grazing on the Great Orme in Llandudno, Wales

I walk up alongside the tram tracks, which ascend a steep hill leading to the Great Orme. Soon I’m rewarded with beautiful views over Llandudno and the sea.

I cut over onto a side street, where I look up to the slopes of the Great Orme and see a fox running across the ridge. In the foreground, rabbits hop along the grass while goats and donkeys graze peacefully in their enclosures.

I walk around for a bit longer, coming across a bobsled track, a snowboarding park, and an Alpine-style chalet advertising skiing in the “Italian Dolomites“. This is an adventure sports lover’s paradise.

Views from the North Beach in Llandudno, Wales

I continue exploring until dusk sets in. Then I head back down the hill, back through the town, and back to my guesthouse in Llandudno.

Historic Architecture in Llandudno, Wales

Guide to Llandudno, Wales

The next morning, I’m up early and back on the train, back by the beaches and the Welsh castles. But I’m not traveling back to London. Not yet, anyway. No, I’m heading east to Liverpool. To be continued…

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14 Comments on Lady’s Guide to Visiting Llandudno, Wales

  1. I may have to stop reading your posts until December because I just got far too excited for my trip to the UK. Last time we were there, we didn’t get out much, but this time I can’t wait to show Rodolfo all the places I went as a kid, including Llandudno.

  2. love that post on grocery shopping! i’m moving to a town outside oxford next week, so i appreciate the warning. 🙂

  3. I enjoyed reading your post about Americans grocery shopping in London. I was wondering if you’re planning on writing a UK visa renewal post anytime soon? I always like reading stories about what other Americans go through dealing with such British bureaucracy and constantly changing rules and policies.

    • Thanks Karen! I’m glad you liked the post. I have already written a post about the UK visa renewal process. You can take a look at it in the archives from November 2009.

  4. I believe what is referred to as tomato sauce in the States can usually be found in the pasta section (fresh or otherwise) at UK supermarkets.

    • Hi Ashely! It’s actually a different kind of sauce than the one you’re thinking of, but I know what you mean 🙂

  5. My wife and I spent 10 days in Llandudno in 2009. My wife has a pen pal living there and they have been friends for 56 years. They got to meet, face to face, for the first time. They made the front page of the Pioneer. Can’t wait to go back.

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