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Unusual Things To Do In Llandudno, Wales 2024

A Welsh holiday hotspot since the Victorian era, Llandudno is still a massively popular staycation destination for Brits.

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Although the town only has around 20,000 people there’s a lot you can do. You of course have your usual seaside activities, but there’s a lot of history here as well. In this guide, we’ll focus on quirky activities that take you off the beaten path. Here are the best unusual things to do in Llandudno, Wales.

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Explore Happy Valley Gardens

The Happy Valley Botanical Gardens was once a quarry reaching down the Great Orme, but has since been developed into gardens containing a lot of attractions. Whether you fancy mini golf, trying your hand at the putting green or attending a show at the open air theatre, there’s a lot to enjoy here.

They’re a bit of a climb to reach – head here from the steps on Happy Valley Road. Enjoy the landscaped scenery featuring trees, rockery, and hill drops, as well as a beautiful range of flowers.

Address: Happy Valley Rd, Llandudno LL30 2QL

Hours: Open 24 hours

Entry fee: Free!

Learn about the history of chocolate

Head to Llandudno Chocolate Experience to take a journey 5000 years in the past to learn about the history of chocolate. Each area of thee museum takes you to a different part of chocolate’s history, with plenty of free samples to enjoy!

Address: John Street Cocoa Works, Llandudno LL30 2AB

Hours: Open from 10am until the afternoon

Entry fee: £5.50 for adults, £3.75 for children

Spend time with owls

Home to the most comprehensive collection of owls in the UK, The Owls Trust is an important charity that rescues and rehabilitates injured birds of prey. You can visit them to learn more about the charity and meet their owls.

Address: Bodafon Farm Park, Bodafon Rd, Llandudno LL30 3BB

Hours: Open 11-4pm, every day

Entry fee: Free but they rely on donations to keep running – so please consider donating or adopting an owl!

Admire contemporary art

Mostyn is an amazing contemporary art gallery set in an Edwardian building right by Llandudno beach. Their collection changes regularly, so there’s always something new to enjoy and entry is completely free! When you’re done admiring the art, visit their gift shop for a range of locally made jewelry, ceramics, and prints.

Address: 12 Vaughan St, Llandudno LL30 1AB

Hours: 10:30am – 4pm Tuesday – Saturday

Entry fee: Free!

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Ride the Great Orme Tramway

Set along 1500m of the Great Orme Country Park, the Great Orme Tramway is a fun activity to do in Llandudno. The journey begins at Victoria Station, and heads to Great Orme’s summit – the 679 foot tall limestone headland. It’s the only cable-hauled tramway on a public road in Great Britain, originally opened in 1902. The views at the top are beautiful, and you can see as far as the Isle of Man and the Lake District. 

Address: 4 Old Rd, Llandudno, Wales, LL30 2QQ

Hours: 10am – 6pm from early April throughout Summer

Entry fee: £9.75 for adults and £6.90 for children

Get an adrenaline rush on the slopes

Home to the longest toboggan run in Britain and a 200-metre dry ski slope, the Llandudno Snowsports Centre at the top of Happy Valley is where to head if you fancy skiing, snowboarding, or tobogganing.

Address: Happy Valley Rd, Llandudno LL30 2LR

Hours: Open from 4pm-10pm weekdays, 10am-6pm weekends

Entry fee: Varies depending on which activity you’re doing. Toboggan is £9 for two rides, while open ski or snowboard practise is £22.

Other things to do near Llandudno

  • Read our list of things to do in Snowdonia in the rain
  • Visit Conwy Castle and Conwy City Walls
  • Walk around Bodnant Gardens, an 80 acre National Trust property
  • Go for a surf lesson at Surf Snowdonia
  • Visit the magical fairy glen at Betws-y-Coed

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Unusual Things To Do In Llandudno FAQs

Where is Llandudno in Wales?

Llandudno is in Conwy County, on the Creuddyn peninsula. It’s only about a 30 minute drive from the popular Snowdonia National Park, making it a great seaside stop for a day trip or extra night on your Snowdonia trip.

How can I get to Llandudno?

The easiest way to get to Llandudno is to drive, but it does have good public transport links to the rest of the UK. It has a train station called Llandudno Junction, and there are a lot of useful bus routes that run through the town.

How long should I stay in Llandudno?

The answer really is as long or as little as you like. You could easily spend a week exploring the local area, but Llandudno is the perfect place for a weekend or night away.

How do I spend a day in Llandudno?

Begin your day in Llandudno with a leisurely walk along the Victorian pier, taking in the sea breeze and views. Hop on the Great Orme Tramway for a scenic ride offering stunning panoramas. For lunch, visit a local cafe to savor Welsh specialties. Take time to explore the charming streets, browsing through the unique and quirky shops that dot the area.

Afterward, head to the beach for some relaxation and seaside vibes. If history intrigues you, consider a visit to the Great Orme Mines. As the day winds down, make your way to the summit for a breathtaking sunset view.

Which part of Llandudno is best?

The town center is bustling with shops and cafes, ideal for a lively atmosphere. The West Shore offers a serene beach experience. For panoramic views, the Great Orme area is a must-visit. Each part has its charm – it depends on your vibe!

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