Llandudno is the largest seaside town in Wales and is brimming with history and exciting things to do. Based in Conwy County, Bullocks are running day trips to the picturesque Llandudno on a large selection of dates throughout 2023, so if you’re planning on hopping on one, find out our top things to do throughout the day here.
Situated on the famous North Shore Beach and stretching 700m into the Irish Sea, Wales’ longest pier boasts beautiful views of Llandudno bay and beyond. Stacked full of shops, cafes and entertainment, you could easily spend the whole day on the pier. It dates way back to the 1800s (1886 to be exact!) and has a grade two listed status, meaning it has been part of North Wales’ history for quite some time, gaining millions of visitors every year. It is open from 9am - 6pm every day, and even though it gets very busy in the summer, it’s very person-friendly and you can navigate around it with ease.
Opened in 1902, the Great Orme Tramway is Britain’s only (and one of only a few in the world!) funicular tramway that travels on public roads, making it one of the top tourist attractions in Wales for over 100 years. The journey on the tram begins at Victoria station, close to the pier, and heads straight to the summit of Great Orme where you can disembark and do many things including visiting the Great Orme Country Park Visitor Centre, head on a scenic walk around the park or have a bite to eat in Summit Complex. You can even check out the Great Orme Mines, the oldest largest prehistoric copper mines in the world, just a 5 minute walk from the halfway point and look at the famous Kashmiri goats on the way! Check out the full journey information here for the full list of things you can do. The tram is operational from April till October meaning that many of our day trips allow you to hop on the tram. It is open from 10am - 6pm and costs less than a tenner each, less for younger visitors and families, and also allows (well-behaved!) dogs.
Based on the east side of Llandudno, the Happy Valley Botanical Gardens feature beautiful flower exhibitions, a limestone rockery and a Camera Obscura. Alongside this, the gardens offer a beautiful view of the bay and the pier, meaning the walk up to the garden is well worth it, and deserving of an ice cream when you get back down! The valley was donated to the town in 1887 by Lord Mostyn and has since been developed into a popular destination for visitors to Llandudno. A perfect destination for a lovely stroll on a summer’s day or a tasty picnic with a sea view, the Happy Valley Gardens are a wonderful place to relax and soak it all in.
Close to the war memorial and the famous pier, the Home Front Museum in Llandudno is a unique ‘living history’ museum about life on the home front in the second world war. The majority of the building’s life it was a garage, but was used as part of the fire service in the war, boasting a large history in comparison to the size of the museum, which in itself is fairly small. The museum tells the story of civilian life throughout the second world war and contains many artefacts and displays to portray the hardships of life between 1939 and 1945, and how people helped one another to get friends and family through the war. The museum offers a guided tour and is easily accessible by foot from the centre. It is open from 9:30am until 4pm on every day but Sunday. The cost of entry is only a few pounds each and is well worth it for the amount of historical artefacts on display.
Although not strictly in Llandudno town, A Llandudno trip wouldn't be complete without a visit to the iconic Conwy Castle, built by Edward 1 in the 13th century. Located just a 10 minute taxi drive or a 20 minute bus journey out of the centre, the castle is a tourist hotspot for people who visit Llandudno and its surrounding areas. Described as one of the most magnificent mediaeval fortresses in Europe, this marvellous building is bound to leave anyone in awe. Large parts of the castle have been restored making it one of the most intact mediaeval royal buildings in existence, and thus ensuring that it is completely safe to explore and walk up the many steps to the top, providing a beautiful view over the surrounding countryside including parts of Snowdonia national park. This castle is definitely worth the additional travel after getting off one of our coaches. Check out its opening times and prices here.
There’s plenty to do in Llandudno and its surrounding area. You’ll never be short of activities and exciting things to do on one of our day trips, if anything, you’ll struggle to fit it all in! Just make sure you enjoy an ice cream and some fish and chips at this beautiful seaside town, at the least.
Book your place on our 2023 trips to Llandudno now and make sure you don’t miss out!