Llandudno has retained the charms of a Victorian seaside resort and visitors simply can't get enough of it...
Self-styled as the “Queen” of the Welsh resorts, there's no disputing that Llandudno packs a punch when it comes to seaside fun: you'll find children riding donkeys on the beach, gardens and bandstands, the longest pier in Wales, and Punch and Judy shows that draw smirks and giggles from the crowds.
There is a good range of hotels in Llandudno, with a variety of tastes and budgets catered for...
Pretty pastel-coloured hotels line the waterfront and cosy guesthouses dot the backstreets. The range of accommodation is typical of a classic seaside resort and visitors can't go far wrong in one of Llandudno's charming hotels.
Big chain hotels are uncommon here, with independent hotel, guesthouse and B&B owners leading the way with polite Welsh hospitality. Premier Inn is the notable exception, and the chain offers good-value rooms in a pleasant location. Most hotels face the sea and sit on the long road that runs behind the beach. There are some traditional touches in somewhat old-fashioned hotels, with a few four-star hotels that offer more in the way of modern facilities and stylish accommodation.
Hotels in Llandudno provide all levels of accommodation, from luxury hotels down to budget outfits, and many of the hotels here have Victorian architecture that is quite delightful. Llandudno hotels provide a base in the largest seaside resort in Wales, but you are by no means limited to the sea shore if you stay here, as there is much to enjoy in the immediate area.
Hotels in the main town provide easy access to the amusements there, including the Victorian Pier, which is the finest pier in Wales and the second longest in Britain. But, if a hotel in the seaside resort location is not for you, there are hotel options just outside the town, including in nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site Conwy, or in the pretty town of Colwyn Bay. Caernarfon and its stunning castle are a little further afield, as is Llanberis, but they share easy access to the Snowdonia Mountain region, and any hotel in one of these locations offers the option to easily explore them all.
Every element of a timeless trip to the seaside can be found in Llandudno...
Some would say that Llandudno represents the British seaside at its best with lots of fun things to do and miles and miles of sandy beaches.
Top five attractions
Alice of 'Alice in Wonderland' took holidays here as a child, and the Alice Trail will take you on a tour of wooden figures from the enchanting book.
Great Orme Country Park
You can't fail to spot Great Orme when in Llandudno; it's the limestone headland that juts into the sea. It's a nature reserve and a pleasant place to spend some time spotting the wildlife. The visitor centre is at the summit and you can use the Tramway to reach it.
Dating from the late 19th century, all the traditions of the seaside can be found on the longest pier in Wales.
Take your pick between North Shore Beach, which sits in front of the long promenade, and the quiet sand dunes of lovely West Shore Beach.
Welsh Mountain Zoo
Journey to nearby Colwyn Bay (a 15-minute drive) to visit this impressive zoo, with its equally impressive views, and see animals such as tigers, leopards and chimps.
There's a lively line-up of events in Llandudno...
The traditions of the seaside are never far away when you attend one of Llandudno's annual events.
Llandudno Air Show; May: Find your spot on the pier, the beach or the promenade to watch the skies and see helicopters, planes and parachutists performing in aid of charity.
Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza; May: The resort plays to its strengths with this old-time showing of family fun. There's a Victorian street fair, plus old-fashioned rides, steam engines and parades.
Llandudno Christmas Fayre; November/December: It's only on for a few days, but this market is accompanied by festive entertainment and it's sure to get you in the Yuletide mood.