Llandudno Tourism And Travel Guide
10.1° C / 50.2° F
May to September
2 to 3 Days
Anglesey Airport (47 kms)
The historic terrestrial boundaries of Llandudno encompass the Irish Sea and the Conwy River and is divided into the North and West shores. The broad Victorian seafront on the North Shore, which is home to a variety of entertainment activities and amusement parks, is open to walkers and cyclists and will lead you to the parade. Each day, there’s a new attraction on the beach to keep its visitors captivated with a series of tours to Llandudno. The town of Llandudno is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and home to various bird species like peregrine, falcons, razorbills, seagulls, puffins, fulmars, kittiwakes & cormorants as well as for the nesting birds. Here’s a travel guide to Llandudno that will help you find your way around the town and its splendid tourism.
How to Reach
The best way to reach Llandudno is to fly from New Delhi to Manchester, which takes roughly 17 hours plus and then make the onward journey on the train. Other alternative routes could be Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Humberside, London Heathrow, Bristol, Liverpool or Durham. The fastest travel option takes about 16.5 hours to Llandudno at an estimated fare of INR 70,000.
If you’re flying from New Delhi to Manchester, then there’s a direct train to Llandudno every 4 hours from Manchester Airport with a train fare of INR 2,700 (approx.) and travel time of 2 hours and 27 minutes. But if you arrive at Birmingham, then from Birmingham International, you’d be required to take a train to Crewe, which will have you there in an hour and 30 minutes, from Crewe board another train to Chester, which takes just 23 minutes, and finally a train to Llandudno, which will have you in town in an hour and few minutes.
The road travel between Manchester and Llandudno is of 138 km and exclusive of the car rental, the estimated fuel cost works out to INR 1,900. However, if you’re traveling from Birmingham then it’s best to travel by bus (National Express) which will have you in town in about 5 ½ hours.
There are plenty of options available in terms of public transportation in Llandudno with ample train and bus connectivity. Further, there are varied cycle routes as well, which you can explore on a bicycle and make use of the unlimited travel passes both for train and bus travel for easy accessibility.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
The busiest period in Llandudno from a perspective of incoming tourist traffic is January, and then June & July, when accommodation and lodging would be expensive and only advance reservations would be appropriate. December’s rather dull for tourism in town and yet opportune for those who’re looking for lucrative travel deals.
Spring in Llandudno is rather mild with temperatures varying between 9°C and 17°C and about 5 to 7 days of rainfall, which is quite common this time of the year from March through May. With ample sunshiny days, it is a good time to explore the town on foot or go hiking up the hills.
The summers in Llandudno experience a comfortable climate with cool temperatures and about a week’s rainfall on a moderate level every month. This is one of the busiest periods as regards tourism in town and the average temperature’s about 18°C. The nights, are however comparatively cooler, and the months of June through August face a possibility of sporadic rainfall, but heavy at that.
Autumn is a bit chilly in Llandudno with icy winds and rains ranging between 7-10 days each month, this slows down incoming tourist traffic a great deal. Being the wettest period in the year, fall witnesses temperatures varying between 10°C and 5°C between day and night.
Winters are rather cold to the bone, December through February in Llandudno that may not be so conducive for warm weather enthusiasts. With rain or snowfall of 6-13 days in a month, winters are dull, especially during December and February from a tourism perspective. However, January’s comparatively busier, with the seaside resort town transformed into a ski resort, and the snowfall and activities galore for skiing and tobogganing.
Things To Do
Llandudno is a busy town with a variety of ancient monuments, museums, galleries, tourist attractions and cultural offerings to keep its visitors engaged and enthralled. From walking trails to shopping escapades, from local sightseeing tours to the popular Victorian festival to adventure sports and varied entertainment offerings there’s something always going on in Llandudno.
There are five main beaches in Llandudno, namely the North Shore, the West Shore, the Penrhyn Bay, Deganwy and Conwy Morfa. With a curved seashore that is spread over 1 ¾ mile, the Llandudno is set between the limestone headlands of the Great Ormes and the Little Ormes. You will have a lot to enjoy in these beautiful sandy beaches and exploring watersport activities in Llandudno.
Llandudno has a number of short excursions on water and guided tours around the Great Orme, Little Orme and Wind Turbines aboard a Seajay and other boats, ready to take you around the town. Most tours commence from the Llandudno Jetty on the promenade, going through the picturesque Llandudno Pier and usually take about an hour and a half with additional fishing trips on request that may last between 2 to 4 hours.
Llandudno’s cable car is one of the most popular tourist attractions that runs along the Great Orme through the 1 mile and 40 ft expanse and all of 9 minutes long. Each cable car is decorated with varied colors of red, light blue, yellow and orange and will have you experience a leisurely ride on the endless steel rope, with an opportunity to explore additional sights of Anglesey, Puffin Island and the Snowdonia Mountains before you return to town.
Entertainment & Cultural Activities:
The Punch and Judy Show is one of the most popular and longest-running shows, that are scheduled every weekend and school holidays, next to the Pier. A great amusement act for the entire family, this show has been in business for over 150 years and draws crowds like bees. There’s the 34-year-old Victorian Extravaganza and Transport Festival which usually takes place every May with a variety of vintage attractions, entertainment, parades, funfair and rides, steam engine exhibits and more! You can see people dressed up in vintage costumes during this festival enjoying themselves. The festival is free for entry.
The Venue Cymru is an arena, a conference center, and a theatre in Llandudno, with a seating capacity of 1500 people in different arrangements. The place hosts some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry and is central to Llandudno’s cultural engagements that include popular events like the Welsh National Opera, comedy shows, popular entertainment shows, latest film screenings and more.
Where To Eat
An elegant and traditional seaside town, Llandudno’s got a delightful walkway curved with attractive and soft-colored Victorian buildings and numerous natural & artificial attractions with one of the longest piers in Wales. Jam-packed with traditional pubs, a wide range of eateries, bars and cafes with everything from authentic sea fares to gourmet delicacies, you will find a large variety of cuisines from across the globe here.
Nestled down an alley off the Mostyn St, the Cottage Loaf is a charming pub with carpeted wooden floors, painted walls and a socially active atmosphere with a delicious assortment of exotic eats, beers on taps and in casks. Their Chinese pork belly and steak & Conwy Ale Pie are quite popular. The Seahorse is a seafood restaurant with a menu reflecting the chef’s personal passion for local sea fares, especially the Thai Crab fishcakes, pickled cucumber and Menai mussels made in White Wine. Ham Bone Food Hall is the town’s best deli-café that offers a wide variety of fresh sandwiches, breakfast and lunch, while Characters is Llandudno’s prettiest tea room with 3 tiered high teas with a light lunch of sandwiches, jacket potatoes and soup. Some other notable joints include Fish Tram Chips, Osborne’s Café Grill, Candles, the Orient Express and Mamma Rosa.
Where To Shop
Llandudno’s not just a seaside town or resort, it is also a place that offers a perfect blend of specialty shopping and modern malls. A premier shopping destination in North Wales’, Llandudno is filled with posh and modern shopping arcades, big brand stores and Parc Llandudno. The shopping experience in town is resplendent with delightfully rich specialty stores in and around the covered alleys.
The Parc Llandudno Retail Park is a premium shopping park spanning 168,000 sq. ft of open retail space including big brands like Debenhams, Primark and Outfit. Then, there’s the charming and raised Victoria Shopping Arcade with a number of indie and national stores, a multi-story car park and restaurants. The Mostyn Champneys Shopping Park is an operational strip mall with stations for discount apparel, groceries, homewares and fast food. The Llandudno Pier is elegantly lined with seaside food stalls, novelties and a pier-end bar.