Denbighshire, United Kingdom
By George, what a place
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After an over night stay in Manchester to go to our son's graduation we decided to travel on to Llandudno, for a mini break. The thoughts that spring to mind when being asked if I would like to visit North Wales, is that" it always seems to rain when I visit Wales". So feeling a little pessimistic, we decided on an over night stay, braving the weather come what may. We arrived at our four star hotel The St. George's and was very pleasantly surprised. A red carpet greeted us, well that was a good start, always wanted to walk the red carpet. The reception staff are efficient and very helpful. We were shown to our room, which again was a lovely surprise we had a balcony with a sea view and a view of the Great Orme headland and the Little Orme headland with a wide sweeping beach. There is free parking on site and a short taxi ride from the station.
Llandudno is for want of a better word "old fashioned" it has the feel of days gone by, from the Pier to the Georgian buildings along the High Street to the Tramway that takes you up to the summit of Great Orme. But it is a pleasant, restful place to be, ideal for people with disabilities as it is flat, the sea front is a wonderful place to walk or go in your disabled scooter along the mile long promenade. Lots of seating encourage you to sit awhile and enjoy the view, no one seems to rush in Llandudno.
The High Street has the usual shops M&S, Edinburgh Wool Shop etc and many bars and coffee shops. Plenty to help pass the time if it is raining. We were very lucky and had lovely weather. One of the highlights is to go up the Great Orme; it is a large headland, with lots of flora and fauna. We took the Tram which, is a great feat of engineering if ever I saw one, amazing and well worth the seven pounds each cost. You can also catch the cable car and have a stunning view of the whole Llandudno Bay from way up high., The cable car is caught from Happy Valley, another interesting area with fountains and a toboggan ride to entertain visitors.
At the top a visitors centre is free and a must with visual effects including a very informative video. The cafe/'pub stands proud at the summit and has a great deal of reference to the famous boxer Randolph Turpin,a Welsh hero that owned the pub on the Great Orme. You can drive to the top and park your car for the day and walk and enjoy the sights. A children play area is very popular on sunny days. It also has the abundance of wild life and sea birds which are best viewed on a boat trip around the headland to see the amazing bird life that exists around the steep cliffs . Also half way up or down for that matter is the Great Orme Ancient Mine that can be visited., This is a Bronze Age Mine and 3,500 years old. You just get of at the half way stop and walk down to see the impressive mine the cost is six pounds fifty for adults and four fifty for children.
We had booked B&B but looking at the quality of the hotel decided the evening meal was also a good idea. One little surprise was the identical twins that are waitresses at the hotel and I am sure play many a prank on the unsuspecting guests. The food was excellent and the ambiance is very good, the restaurant is set so that you are seated if you wish over looking the beach which is a nice touch. Hotel built in 1854 and extended and extended as the years went by boast an impressive list of visitors through its doors; Gladstone; Lloyd George; Mrs Thatcher; Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, so we were impressed when they let us stay!!
Day trippers come and day trippers go leaving the peace and quiet of Llandudno for people staying to enjoy. We sadly only stayed one night and then left on our journey home visited Betws y Coed and Swallow Falls. Betws y Coed is a lovely little village with a stream running through the centre, lovely shops geared to the walkers that constantly visit the area. A visit to Swallow Falls is a must and it only cost one pound to go through the turn style to view the water fall that when we have had as much rain as this year was giving us a good show of what a water fall should do.
Sad to leave this lovely area of North Wales, but we will go back and use Llandudno as a really good place to base yourself and tour the lovely areas surrounding, and old fashioned or not it is a lovely seaside town with lots to do and see.
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