Llandudno is a beautiful seaside resort in northern Wales, located between the twin limestone headlands of the Great Orme and the Little Orme. It has two scenic beaches that face the Irish Sea, and a bustling promenade, which is filled with tourists throughout the year. Llandudno was developed as a tourist resort in the mid-nineteenth century, which is why one can see elegant Victorian buildings all over the town. In fact, most of the hotels in Llandudno are located in refurbished Victorian villas or other buildings. Some of the major tourist attractions in Llandudno are:
– The Bodnant Gardens: Spread over around 80 acres of parkland, the Bodnant Gardens are one of the most beautiful ornamental gardens in the United Kingdom. They are located above the River Conwy, and are divided into two sections: the upper terraced garden and the wild riverside garden. Both gardens have a variety of plants suited to the Welsh climate and soil, some of which have been imported from China, North America and Western Europe. The garden is famed for breeding different varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas, and allows people to purchase plants at a small ‘Plant and Gift Centre’.
– The Great Orme Visitor Centre: This centre is situated on the summit of the Great Orme, alongside the tram station. It contains displays about the history, culture and wildlife of the ancient headland, and offers a great educational experience for adults and children alike. Once inside the Centre, you can view the interesting 3D models, diagrams and photographs displayed along the corridor, and collect informational leaflets as you go along. In addition, the Visitor Centre also offers film shows and guided nature walks, which are held regularly in the summer. Admission is free of cost.
– Ffynnon Gaseg: A great place for photographs, the Ffynnon Gaseg is an ancient natural spring, surrounded by beautiful scenery. It is situated half-way down the scenic Marine Drive, near its highest point. Ffynnon Gaseg, when translated from Welsh, becomes ‘Mare’s Well’. It was used in the late nineteenth century to refresh horses that carried huge loads of material for the construction of various structures in Llandudno. According to archaeological evidence, the natural spring was also used by pre-Roman miners to wash huge quantities of copper ore.
– The Lighthouse: Resembling a small castle, this lighthouse was in operation from 1862 to 1985, after which it was turned into a bed and breakfast boutique hotel. It is constructed from large blocks of dressed limestone, and has pitch-pine wood panelled interiors.