Welcome to Llandudno
The “Queen of Resorts” may have seen better days but at dusk, the twinkling lights along the Victorian promenade resemble some glorious Italian seafront, while the town itself is attempting its own renaissance.
Home to the longest pier in Wales- a glorious, cast-iron structure stretching into the Irish sea, and rattling with amusements and shell stalls- Llandudno also offers plenty of natural beauty.
The town is book-ended by two headlands, the Little Orme and the Great Orme. Take the tram up to its summit, or head to Happy Valley behind the pier for the cable car experience, and visit the mountain's prehistoric copper mines.
Llandudno is also dotted with wooden statues commemorating the genesis of the greatest children's books ever written. It was here that Alice Liddell holidayed as a child, and where Lewis Carroll was inspired to write Alice in Wonderland. Art lovers should make time for MOSTYN, the modern art gallery at the top of Mostyn Street- considered quite the provocateur on its opening, with feminist art, installations and modern work that shook the matrons of Llandudno to their chapel-going core, it's now comfortably bedded in and holds regular exhibitions of new work.
The theatre also offers more than the usual “Run For Your Wife" seaside fare. The modern, glass box of Venue Cyrmru spills light onto the promenade, and inside, hosts touring plays and productions in its 1500 seat theatre. It's also a huge conference venue.
West Shore is the quieter option if you find North Shore too full of day-trippers. There's a huge beach and the view across the estuary into Snowdonia is simply wonderful.
There are plenty of cafes along Mostyn Street and on Madoc street, which runs parallel one street back. The most famous chip shop is the award winning "Fish Tram Chips" opposite the Great Orme tram station.
Make a night of it and book into Osborne House, an elegant Victorian fantasy of black chandeliers and polished floors, or head to the Escape boutique B&B, a chic little hideaway where Mad Men meets Mostyn Street.
Space Boutique B&B is also highly recommended.