What's On : Culture and Heritage in Llandudno


Culture, Heritage and Sightseeing

Llandudno is an area of outstanding natural beauty and the location of The Imperial allows for a leisurely stroll along the flat promenade to the pier or in to town. Architecture in the town doesn't detract from the area's beauty as buildings have been preserved, but aside from soaking up the natural beauty, the town has a wide and varied history dating back to the Bronze Age.

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The Great Orme and the Little Orme

Llandudno BayLlandudno Bay lies between two famous headlands; The Great Orme and the Little Orme.

The Great Orme provides a beautifully rugged feature to the elegant Llandudno Promenade. This large limestone headland is a nature reserve with a number of protective designations including Special Area of Conservation, Heritage Coast, Country Park and Site of Scientific Interest and offers breathtaking views to Anglesey, the Isle of Man and the Lake District.  Whether you walk, drive or take the cable car to the top, you can enjoy some of Llandudno's best views from the Summit of the Great Orme.  There are also several paths around the summit where you can walk among the herd of Kashmiri goats.

The Little Orme presents excellent opportunities for walking with more gorgeous views and a world of natural wonder.

Llandudno Cable Car

cable carReach the Great Orme on the longest cable car lift in the country which rises to a height of 651ft above sea level.

Before your return journey enjoy spectacular views of Anglesey, Puffin Island and the mountains of Snowdonia. Or explore the many delightful walks over the Great Orme with its nature trails and prehistoric remains.



The Great Orme Tramway

Llandudno TramwayA unique experience for all ages is Llandudno’s Great Orme Tramway.  Britain’s only cable-hauled street Tramway comprises of four of the original Victorian Tramcars from which you will have fantastic views of Llandudno’s sweeping bays.   The tram takes you on a journey to the summit of the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve, where you can explore, take in the stunning scenery with views to Anglesey, the Isle of Man and the Lake District, and discover all the Great Orme has to offer.


Llandudno Pier

Llandudno PierStretching 2,295 feet (700m) over the sea, Llandudno Pier is the longest in Wales and one of the UK's finest. With Grade II listed status, it's a traditional seaside pier dating from the late 1800s with an array of shops and attractions offering fun for all the family.



Bronze Age Copper Mines

Great Orme Copper MinesThe Great Orme is home to the Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines, one of the most astounding archaeological discoveries of recent times and thought to be the largest prehistoric mine so far discovered in the world.  Go underground to discover tunnels and learn how the ancient people of Britain lived before the Roman invasion.



Happy Valley Gardens

Happy Valley GardensThis CADW listed public park slopes up the side of the Great Orme offering spectacular views down over the Pier and Llandudno Bay.  Paths cross through between the small pools, shrubs, flowers and trees of the more formal gardens, which are surrounded by the woods and grassland of the Great Orme.



Haulfre Gardens

Haulfre GardensHaulfre Gardens are the remains of terraced gardens over part of the Great Orme.  Listed by CADW, the gardens were laid out in the 1870s by Henry Davis Pochin, the founder of Bodnant Gardens.

The network of garden paths lead from Llandudno's North Shore into the well paved “invalid walk” public footpath to the West Shore and to the steep zig zag path to the Great Orme summit.




Wales Coast Path

Wales Coastal PathThe Wales Coast Path is the first coast path at 870 miles (1400km) long to outline an entire country.  The Conwy section, which goes right past the hotel, is 34.5 miles and gives visitors the chance to explore coastal Wales.

But it’s not all about walking as the path includes some great cycling routes, areas to enjoy wildlife, glorious sandy beaches for sandcastle building or sunbathing, sites for heritage aficionados, areas for family fun and plenty of adventure opportunities for those adrenalin seekers!


Venue Cymru

Venue CymruVenue Cymru attracts some of the biggest names in music, theatre and comedy to North Wales and is one of Llandudno’s main hubs of entertainment and activity ­ just a 5 minute walk from The Imperial Hotel. With acts including stand-up comedians, and showings of the latest films there is always something going on. Frequently home to the Welsh National Opera why not attend one of these fabulous performances and then rest your head at The Imperial for the night on one of our fantastic Opera Breaks offers.

Mostyn Gallery Oriel Mostyn 

Mostyn Art GalleryInternational Art, award winning architecture and world-first history come together in Wales’ leading contemporary art Gallery which is situated just a short walk from the hotel.

Oriel Mostyn was established in 1901 by the Gwynedd Ladies Art Society after the Royal Cambrian Academy refused to have female members. It flourished until the war when it was taken over by the lnland Revenue for storage who’d set up their headquarters at our hotel.  It then reopened in 1978 and rapidly became the leading Gallery for contemporary art in Wales building a strong profile nationally and internationally.

The Gallery underwent a long-awaited expansion and refurbishment programme that took six years and cost £5.2 million, £3 million of which was funded through the National Lottery.  It re-opened in 2010 and offers visitors a light and spectacularly modern art gallery with a cafe and shop selling quality crafts from across the UK.


Llandudno Museum

Llandudno MuseumThis fascinating museum describes the history of Llandudno its people and culture.



Home Front Museum

Home Front MuseumTake a trip down memory lane to life in 1940s Britain in this unique living history museum. Take a self guided tour and explore 6 years of war on the home front captured in shops, room displays and tableux.




Retail Therapy

ShoppingAs well as a being a beautiful seaside resort perfect for relaxing and taking in some of the most stunning views of North Wales, Llandudno has great shopping facilities, so why not enjoy a spot of retail therapy during your visit. The combination of modern high street brands and traditional stores means you should have all you need for shopping in Llandudno.

There is something for everyone in Llandudno, North Wales. Whether you're looking to relax, explore or just enjoy, this four star seafront hotel is the ideal location. Here are just some of the attractions in Llandudno you can enjoy during your stay at The Imperial Hotel.

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