North Wales used to be a quite popular resort area among the British in the Victorian era and even later, until the point when airfare became significantly cheaper, prompting Brits to gradually start vacationing in places like Spain, Greece or Italy. This decline in tourist numbers coupled up with domestic industry dying a slow death or moving elsewhere in the world, caused a lot of towns in North Wales to become mere shadows of their former selves.
Still, Llandudno remains popular as an attraction for the UK citizens to this day, and for us it also served a good base point for exploring the rest of the coast, which once you look hard enough can become really intriguing. The town itself will quickly charm you with its long beaches and pleasant architecture. Behind the town, there’s a hill called the Great Orme, which allegedly inspired parts of Lewis Carroll’s famous novel “Through the Looking Glass”, as evidenced by the White Rabbit statue found at the center of the town. You can also use the cable car that takes you all the way to the summit where you can have a lovely view of the entire town.
And once we decided we have seen enough, it was easy enough to hop on the train and in less than an hour we were able to visit surrounding spots like Conwy (with its awe-inspiring Edwardian caste), Colwyn Bay (biggest town on the coast), Betws-y-Coed (if there ever was a town in Christmas form, this is it), Snowdonia (for the Lord of the Rings vibe), Holyhead (and get a ferry for a quick getaway to Ireland) and of course the famous Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (actual village name meaning “Parish of St. Mary in Hollow of the White Hazel near the rapid whirlpool the parish of Tysilio with a red cave”), whose town sign definitely provided us with some amusing pictures for folks back home.
Grab a pint at the King’s Head pub!