Culture, Heritage and Sightseeing in Llandudno
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 into 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.
The Great Orme
Llandudno Bay lies between two famous headlands; The Great Orme and the Little Orme.
The Great Orme is a large limestone headland which is a nature reserve with a number of protective designations including Special Area of Conservation, Heritage Coast, Country Park and Site of Scientific Interest. There are several paths around the summit where you can walk amoung the herd of Kashmiri goats while enjoying its breathtaking views to Anglesey, the Isle of Man and the Lake District.
Llandudno Cable Car
Reach 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
The Great Orme Tramway is Britain’s only cable-hauled street Tramway complete with four of the original Victorian Tramcars. Enjoy not only this unique experience of travel but also the fantastic views of Llandudno’s sweeping bay as you journey to the summit of the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve.
Stretching 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.
Mostyn Gallery Oriel Mostyn
Oriel Mostyn was established in 1901 by Lady Augusta Mostyn. It has a strong national and international profile, while also engaging with the local community, and offers visitors a great experience with the original 1901 galleries alongside modern spaces and a spectacular entrance. There’s also a shop which sells quality art and crafts.
Bronze Age Copper Mines
The Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines is one of the most astounding archaeological discoveries of recent times and it is 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
This 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 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 and have a network of garden paths leading from 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
The Wales Coast Path was 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 long and gives visitors the chance to explore our beautiful coastline. But it’s not all about walking as the path includes some great cycling routes, areas to enjoy wildlife, glorious sandy beaches, heritage sites, areas for family fun and plenty of adventure opportunities for those adrenalin seekers!
Venue Cymru attracts some of the biggest names in music, theatre and comedy and is one of Llandudno’s main hubs of entertainment and activity. With acts including stand-up comedians, Welsh National Opera and showings of the latest films there is always something going on and it’s only a 5 minute walk from The Imperial Hotel.
This fascinating museum describes the history of Llandudno, its people and culture.
Home Front Museum
Take a trip down memory lane to life in 1940s Britain in this unique living history museum. Enjoy a self guided tour and explore 6 years of war on the home front captured in shops, room displays and tableux.
The Little Orme
The Little Orme lies at one end of Llandudno’s Promenade and while it’s not as majestic as the Great Orme it still rises 141 metres in height and is a haven for wildlife including Grey Seals at Angel Bay. It also offers views as far as Rhyl to the East and Anglesey to the West.
As well as a being a beautiful seaside resort which is 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.
Llandudno Chocolate Experience
From the Jungles of the Maya to the golden age of British Chocolate, take a chocolate journey through 5000 years in the making at the Llandudno Chocolate Experience. This is an experience of chocolate’s history as well as a tasting experience and for some, a trip down memory lane, and for our guests there’s an extra chocolate sample so please take proof of your hotel stay with you. And once you’ve finished we recommend a visit to the family’s Chocolate Shop – Maisie’s which is on Vaughan Street so only a one minute walk from the hotel. Please contact Llandudno Chocolate Experience for any dietary needs – they have alternative samples on offer to suit most requirements.
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