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A Visit to Llandudno (2 miles)
Llandudno is a perfectly preserved Victorian seaside resort enclosed by the headlands of the Great Orme and Little Orme. The Great Orme can be ascended by cable railway or cabin lift. As though to prove that it's twice as good as other seaside resorts, Llandudno has twice as many beaches, both award winning, the quiet West Shore with its spectacular views and the lively North Shore with all the fun, not forgetting the famous pier. Llandudno beach was once voted by Harper's and Queen Magazine as one of the world's top 50 beaches.
Llandudno's highlight is the Great Orme, a towering 679 foot limestone headland and Country Park, whose summit you can reach either by the longest cable-operated tramway in Britain, or by a thrilling Cable Car ride. Once at the top, you'll find a Visitor Centre and a Summit Complex with bar and restaurant. You can visit the 4000 year old Copper Mines and explore the underground passages leading to an impressive Bronze Age Cavern. On the lower slopes is Ski Llandudno with an artificial ski slope and 700 metre toboggan run.
If you don't like heights, you can sail around the Orme in a pleasure boat! Llandudno is the resort where the real Alice in Wonderland (Alice Liddell) spent her childhood summers, and in the Alice in Wonderland Centre, you can venture down the rabbit hole and re-live her adventures.
Art lovers must visit Oriel Mostyn which exhibits many famous works of art, sculpture and photography. And if you like to learn more about the fascinating history of Llandudno, the Llandudno Museum and Library are essential places to visit. On a lighter note, Llandudno's Pier, stretching out into the sea is 2,220 feet of fun and amusement.
Venue Cymru is Llandudno’s theatre and conference centre, offering a varied and full programme of drama, music, comedy and film shows of international standard for all ages, and featuring many famous names on tour through Europe.
The Harlequin Puppet Theatre, in Rhos-on-Sea Britain's premier Marionette Theatre is the first and only permanent theatre designed and built for puppets, and has, since 1958, entertained a vast number of adults and children and influenced the course of puppetry in Britain. There is a special backstage area of interest to puppeteers, with details & pictures of productions & puppets, the story of the theatre and the puppet masters who built it. It is a rich source of information for research into the British marionette tradition. There is an area showing technical details and useful designs, ideas and scripts for puppeteers.
A Visit to the medieval town of Conwy (2 miles)
Conwy is without doubt the best preserved medieval town in Wales. Boasting a rich heritage and a unique atmosphere, Conwy, the gateway to Snowdonia is guarded by its imposing castle and is reached via the bridge over the Conwy estuary.
Conwy's medieval walls are among the best preserved in Europe and are now accorded World Heritage status. The town and Conwy Castle were founded by King Edward I in 1283. The walls are over three quarters of a mile (1.2km) in length, and have 22 towers, with some excellent views of the Snowdonia mountain range. Visitors are advised to take care when walking the walls, particularly in wet weather, as the gradient is steep and the surface uneven. Conwy town walls are maintained by CADW.
Thomas Telford's famous castellated suspension bridge, spans the Conwy estuary. The bridge is now used as a pedestrian bridge into the town. The graceful structure was completed in 1826. It replaced the Conway ferry, which was previously the only means of crossing the river. The tubular railway bridge is the work of Robert Stephenson and was constructed in 1846.
The well kept town has many characterful and atmospheric narrow streets and interesting historic buildings and is well worth a visit.
Pleasure trips are available on the River Conwy. The Conwy Estuary provides excellent opportunities for birdwatching, and is home to many species of wading and migrant birds. The Estuary hosts large numbers of ducks and waders. In the winter months a large gull roost is known to form near dusk. Ospreys can be sighted during the Spring and late Summer months.
Aberconwy House, a fascinating white timber and stone building is now a National Trust shop. It dates from the fifteenth century, perhaps as early as 1400 and is the only surviving example of a medieval merchant's town house, which once abounded in Conwy.
On the busy quayside, by the bobbing fishing boats and shrilly calling gulls, stands the smallest house in Britain, the red painted dwelling consists of two rooms linked by a staircase and was said to have been built in the town walls to avoid paying taxes. The house has been occupied since the 16th century and last occupied in around 1900, by Robert Jones, a local fisherman, whose descendants still own the house today.
Plas Mawr, (which translates as 'great mansion') just off the High Street, an architectural gem, is one of the best preserved Elizabethan town houses in Britain and perhaps the most visited building after the castle. It was once owned by the influential Robert Wynn, a courtier who rose to eminence amongst the Welsh gentry.
The Art Gallery is situated in a converted chapel on Crown Lane, behind Plas Mawr, housing exhibitions by the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art. It displays work by Academy members, almost all Welsh.
The RSPB Nature Reserve on the Conwy Estuary is a must for birdwatchers.
At Conwy Butterfly Jungle in Bodlondeb Park, visitors can see some of the most beautiful tropical butterflies on Earth in free flight around them, in a complimentary jungle garden setting. A fascinating experience.
Llandudno Museum exists to preserve the Chardon bequest, to collect objects on the history of Llandudno and surrounding area and effectively manage their resources so that they are able to protect, develop and share theit collections for the benefit and enjoyment of a wide range of visitors now and into the future.
Llandudno Museum was established in 1927 following the bequest of F.E. Chardon to the town of his magnificent collection of paintings and objets d'art from around the world.
The museum now houses a variety of items from Chardon's collection as well as fabulous archaeological items and artefacts reflecting the early history of Llandudno.