Wednesday, 2 May 2018

The Welsh seaside at it's best

The weather forecast did not look good for the weekend, but sometimes they get it wrong, and I'm so glad that they did this weekend for my little trip to Llangollen and Llandudno.

Friday started off wet but by the time I arrived, just after lunchtime, it had stopped so I could have a little walk around Llangollen.

This place has a prime spot on the canal with great views

Saturday morning I set off for Llandudno, about an hours drive from where I was staying in  Llangollen.
I had never heard of the Great Orme or the Great Orme Tramway until a few weeks ago so this was my first visit.  To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from it, I certainly wasn't expecting it to be as beautiful there as it turned out to be!

Not knowing what to expect I chose the tram ride to the summit, but I definitely would like to visit again and next time walk to the top.  There are many pathways around the top to enjoy the stunning views and to fully appreciate this wonderful place I think you need to set aside a whole day to explore.

If you are more adventurous you can reach the summit by cable car

No idea if this video will work, i do hope so because it will give you more of an idea of how lovely the views were

You can find out more about the Orme HERE if you are interested

I made a quick visit to Llandudno pier and an even quicker visit to the town, (I just wanted to visit the Pandora shop to treat  myself ) but I liked what I saw.

The Grant Hotel at the end of the pier looks very impressive, and very Victorian

Another little video, of Llandudno beach (if it works)

I found something else new to me and it was only a short drive from Llandudno, The Smallest House in Great Britain

I paid my £1.00 entrance fee and can tell you that it is extremely small, apparently one man who lived there was 6 feet 3 inches tall!  It was last occupied in 1900 and is still owned by the same family today.

Conwy quayside and town are very pretty and have some nice individual shops.

The road into town is dominated by the 13th century fortress, and I realised too late in the day that you can actually walk the castle walls, the time on my parking ticket was almost up so I didn't get to do that and I'm a little bit disappointed because I bet the views are fantastic.

There are many more interesting places to see in and around Llandudno and Llangollen  and I will definitely visit again soon.


Poppypatchwork said...

We stayed at The Grand a couple of years ago, we called it The not so Grand, but we did enjoy the holiday and the cable car going up Great Orm was very interesting, we took the tram back down. Glad you had a great break and the weather was kind to you.

Lazy Days & Sundays said...

Used to visit this area quite a lot when the children were small as it wasn't too far away from Manchester where I was living at the time. We too paid our £1 and did the smallest house. There is lots of beautiful countryside to be seen in this area too. Shame you didn't get to do the castle walls but that just means you will have to go again....


crafty cat corner said...

Wales looks lovely, very picturesque, its just such a shame they get so much rain.

Jo said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time. We visited North Wales for the first time last year and we were really impressed, it's somewhere I'd definitely like to visit again, and even more so now as we didn't visit the places you show in your post. It's amazing how anyone managed to live in such a small house, especially someone so tall. Glad you got some decent weather, it's such a gamble when you book time away in this country.

Mylittlepieceofengland said...

What a lovely place, I’ve never visited Wales, but it looks such a beautiful place xx

Ann at Beadlework. said...

We usually holiday in Wales every year and love it. I love the fact that you have the seaside at Llandudno and then a short drive takes you to the mountains and lakes of Snowdonia. Betwys-y-Coed is worth a visit and Bodnant Gardens are a delight - they're a short drive out of Llandudno.

Justine said...

We love Llandudno! I'm saving this post for all the tips about other things to see in the area.

Carol said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your little photo tour of Wales, Maggie! Not sure I will ever get there in person :)

Clare-Aimetu said...

Great photos of a great part of North Wales, I love this area and have happy memories in both places.

Barb said...

That looks like a wonderful trip and I really enjoyed seeing that part of the world. Such beautiful views!

butterfly said...

Thank you for the photos from North wales , I use to love going there .
When we lived in the Midlands we would often go there .
Some of my family lived not far from there so it was always a lovely place to visit .

Eloise said...

What great photographs. We've visited most parts of Wales over the years, my favourites being Betwsy-y -coed and Aberdovey. My husband has climbed Snowdonia several times but that level of cerise is not for me!

Tina said...

Looks like a fab weekend, you were so close to us, you could have side hi lol. Love Llandudno and have also been to the smallest house, many years ago.

Julie said...

The Great Orme is on DH's 'to visit' list
Looks like a lovely time away with nice weather too, bonus!

Anonymous said...

Hi Maggie wow what a beautiful place,i love your pics and how interesting that one family still owns the house built in 1900,thats amazing,thankyou for sharing my friend xx