Great Orme at Llandudno, North Wales

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to have a weekend away in North Wales and took a trip to the summit of the Great Orme overlooking Llandudno.  Having lived in Wales for 3 years until recently and having always taken holidays there my whole life I was pleased to go back and visit somewhere I really love.  I have been lucky enough to have visited this area of North Wales before and always find the scenery so stunning.

We stayed over night in Conwy and traveled a few miles the next day over the estuary to Llandudno.  Llandudno is a quaint traditional seaside town (the largest resort in Wales) with a stunning Victorian pier which at 2,295 ft long is the longest in Wales.  There is also a promenade along the sea front that goes on forever and ever.  Even today there are still traditional seaside attractions such as donkey rides along the beach and Punch and Judy shows plus more modern activities such as speed boat rides.

Overlooking Llandudno is the Great Orme at one end of the beach and at the other is Little Orme.  Both are carboniferous headlands which stand at each end of the bay.  They are stunning outcrops with fantastic views from the top.  There are 3 different ways in which to get to the summit of the Great Orme; road, tramway or cable car.  What I was surprised about was the cost of the cable car.  I had visions of it being quite expensive when in fact a return trip for an adult was only £9 and for a child it is £7 (2016 prices).

Conwy Estuary

Once you have reached the summit of the Great Orme there are certainly some stunning views to be had.  On one side of the summit you can see down in to the Conwy Estuary.  I have always loved looking at the stunning scenery in this part of the world and on sunny days could sit for hours staring a views like this.  I will admit I still like the views when the weather isn’t so great but its no fun sitting outside in the rain!

Cable Car

From the summit of the Great Orme you can’t actually see down to the sea front in Llandudno but this in no way detracts from the area.  What you do get from the summit is views of the wind farm out at sea.  I know these type of installations are controversial as people think they detract from the view but in my opinion the ones in Llandudno have been sympathetic to their surroundings and lets face it we need to look at alternative ways of producing energy.

North Wales

You have stunning views over parts of Llandudno as well as local villages and the surrounding countryside.  At the summit there is a cafe and restaurant which are reasonably priced plus a gift shop.  In addition there is crazy golf and a children’s playground.  There is access to many cliff top paths all across the Great Orme plus plenty of space to just sit, have a picnic and enjoy the views.

Great Orme A fabulous day out for all ages with stunning views of North Wales. Do you have a favourite part of the world you like to visit?  Do you prefer to visit places where you live or travel far and wide?


  1. Sarah
    28th July 2016 / 10:30 AM

    Such stunning scenery. This is a part of the world I’ve never visited

  2. Nick
    28th July 2016 / 4:58 PM

    Such beautiful views. You’ve captured these so well with your photographs

  3. 10th August 2016 / 9:15 AM

    What a beautiful place! I love exploring big open spaces like this.

  4. 10th August 2016 / 1:38 PM

    I love your pictures! They have me listing over this place for sure. I would love to explore here. The top of the summit of the Great Orme and looking down to the Conwy Estuary. So stunning.

    Jordanne ||

  5. 10th August 2016 / 5:41 PM

    I must same I am one who prefers to travel wide and far but I have some places locally that I love to visit.
    I have been to North Wales before and I was so in love with the coastal views. Not been to this part though, it is stunning

  6. 10th August 2016 / 7:57 PM

    Great photography, amazing scenery. I do love Wales, I haven’t really been to the North, but what I have seen I haven’t been disappointed.

  7. 10th August 2016 / 10:04 PM

    This looks gorgeous! That cable car photo is amazing! Never been to North Wales, I need to change that! x

  8. 11th August 2016 / 11:07 AM

    How lovely! There are such stunning views in Wales.
    We will have to check this out whilst over here 🙂 x

  9. 11th August 2016 / 11:21 AM

    I have only been to the outskirts of Wales before but North Wales looks beautiful and is somewhere I can imagine would make a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of city life.

  10. 13th August 2016 / 11:59 AM

    It looks beautiful, I have never visited Wales before. Those cable cars look such fun xx

  11. 14th August 2016 / 11:23 PM

    I haven’t been here since i was little – have such fond memories of it, though. So stunning x

    • Candace
      15th August 2016 / 11:38 PM

      Some stunning views from the summit

  12. 15th August 2016 / 3:48 AM

    I love places where you can see for miles! I also love a cable car! I think wind farms are a good thing too, and don’t mind them wherever I spot them!

  13. 19th August 2016 / 1:57 PM

    I have wanted to go to great Orme for a while now and this is really inspiring me – I love the mini cable car – bet the views are amazing

    Laura x

  14. 25th August 2016 / 12:27 PM

    Lovely post and fantastic photoos… I love finding ideas for new places to visit…

  15. 29th October 2016 / 2:26 PM

    I have been to Llandudno but I’ve never made it to the Great Orme. Those views are incredible so next visit, it’s got to be the first place I go I think. You got really lucky with the weather

  16. 25th May 2017 / 9:53 AM

    Wales is the one part of the UK I haven’t ventured yet, but I want to. How is the wheelchair access? I can go overland, but it’s interesting. I love Prague, Florence, Dublin. And of course Edinburgh and Skye!


  17. 25th May 2017 / 12:18 PM

    This is absolutely beautiful! When I travel, I typically go where I am interested in the history- henceforth why I lived in Ireland for a year I didn’t make it to Wales when I lived next door but it’s on my list- what are your top 3 Wales recommendations?

  18. 4th June 2017 / 11:47 AM

    Wow, the scenery truly is beautiful here! I have never visited Wales but I’d really like to, it seems like such a lovely place! I’m glad you enjoyed your day out!


  19. 16th August 2017 / 9:48 AM

    Wow! What a view. It’s many, many years since I went to Llandudno so I think a return trip is needed!

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