There’s a lot of things in Llandudno which are synonymous with the town, and between a series of award-winning hotels in Llandudno (The Elm Tree Hotel itself has been a big winner at the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards – for the Best Bargain Hotel in the World, as well as the Best Small Hotel in the UK!) and a number of attractions such as the Great Orme Tramway – there’s some things in Llandudno which return year after year and are always enjoyable.
The Great Orme Tramway is a fantastic piece of engineering and has been running since July the 31st, 1902. Climbing a mile up the Great Orme Country Park, and despite its age, is lovingly maintained, shiny, and spick and span thanks to the attentions of the fantastic workers of the Great Orme Tramway.
A usual journey starts with boarding the tram at the Victoria Station at the base of the Great Orme (at the site of the former Victoria Hotel on the Church Walks – only a four minute walk from the Elm Tree Hotel) and commencing the climb to the Halfway Station, where you’ll be able to learn all about the tram and feast your eyes on this amazing one-of-a-kind (and very Victorian) engineering.
This amazing funicular system means that trams that move down the Great Orme are connected by cable and the trams work with each other – the descending tram pulling the ascending tram up the Orme. Of course, there’s a little bit more to it than that, but we’d hate to ruin the surprise.
As you reach the top of the Orme, you’ll be a walking distance from another fantastic attraction – the Bronze Age Copper Mines which will allow you to explore something even older than the Great Orme Cable Cars – an honest to goodness iron fort which has remains from one of the oldest settlements in the UK (which dates back to the stone age) or even visit the absolutely charming 6th Century St Tudno’s Church.
Additionally, at the top of the Great Orme there’s the Great Orme Country Centre, where you’ll be able to get a spot to eat and also to purchase a few mementos for your family and friends. There’s also a series of lovely walks to enjoy on the Great Orme, as well as two unique varieties of butterflies, rare flowers which simply don’t grow anywhere else, as well as the possibility of the Great Orme’s wild Kashmir Goats roaming over to say hello.
In our minds, the Great Orme is one of the most wonderful attractions in North Wales – it just needs to be seen to be believed.
The Great Orme Tramway is open from the 25th of March until late October, 7 days a week, from 10:00am – 6pm. Please be cautious, though – in March while the weather is still a little changeable, the Great Orme Tramway does like to close at 5:00pm.