Sion - The Great Orme
The Copper Mines
Laburnum Arch at
Venue Cymru Theatre
A Taste of Wales
Come and discover North Wales for yourself. Here you will find dramatic mountain scenery the equal of anywhere in the world. Walk, cycle, drive, climb, or go on horseback and explore the forests and valleys of our wonderful country. Take the Victorian tram ride to the summit of the Great Orme or ride the cable car to get the widescreen view of Snowdonia and its heritage coast.
Take time to stay awhile in Wales and you will get a sense of our unique and rich culture. Thereís our language, which you will see in our place names and hear, spoken on our streets and sung in our choirs. There is usually three to choose from any week in the summer here in Llandudno. Did you know that Welsh is one of the oldest surviving languages in Europe?
When you have had enough of wandering the Roman roads and old drover trails that criss- cross our mountains you might like to go underground and explore the copper mines and slate quarries.
The restored mountain railway will soon be able to take you from the quarry town of Blaenau Festiniog all the way to Caernarfon, home of the castle where the Princes of Wales are invested. Caernarfon is imposing but itís not our only castle. Beaumaris and Conwy await.
Half an hourís journey from Llandudno and you could find Gwydir Castle. Gwydir is a stone manor house dating from the times of Elizabeth 1st. Watch out for the peacocks, which have patrolled its grounds for at least two hundred years. Before you cross the bridge back into Llanwrst you could stop for tea at the National Trust tea rooms by the river or go on and take tea surrounded by antiques in the first antique shop on your right as you cross the bridge. You still have the Alms Houses to visit and a wonderful second hand bookshop before you head back up the Conwy Valley to visit Bodnant Gardens. Thereís a waterfall and lakes and in the garden centre you will find various craft and artist studios. My favourite is the chocolatier.
As the sun sets it is time to find a restaurant in Llandudno and there is a good choice, including Indian, Chinese and Italian but for a true taste of Wales try the Bistro in Conwy.
Our theatre has a full programme or just take an evening stroll along our grand promenade; you may be lucky and find our town band playing. You wonít find any amusement arcades or bright lights. Our light show takes place at dusk.
Take a drive round the Marine Drive if you want to catch the last of our awesome sunsets and watch the island of Ynys Mon sink into the mist.
Wales is the land of Merlin; the magic is real not Disney make-believe. Discover the fairy glens and the holy wells. It is a land of poetry and song. Oh and Dragons, of course. Itís be-witching and it will pull you back time and time again.
The Welsh have a word for it BendigedigÖ. Wonderful!
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