One of the most impressive sites of its kind in the world, the mines found within the Great Orme in Llandudno date all the way back to the Bronze Age, making them a whopping 4000 years old.
You can discover a little about life in ancient Britain, some two millennia before the Romans even made it over to our shores. The mines are believed to be the largest prehistoric mines in the world as it stands, so there really is no other location quite like this one.
Take a self-guided tour through the mines to see their ancient splendour with your own two eyes, getting a feel for how harsh life must have been when our prehistoric ancestors were digging for copper here.
You and the kids can see how the copper would have been worked over at the Smelting Shelter, then take in the sight of Vivian’s Mine Shaft, which stretches out almost 150 metres down into the Earth.
We would recommend combining a trip through the mines with a more general exploration of the Great Orme. Take a trip on the traditional tramway, enjoy the views over Llandudno and the coast, and get closer to nature in the Country Park. It’s a great day all-round.
The Great Orme Mines are well-signposted from the A55, so just follow the brown signs! As such a prominent feature in Llandudno, it is hard to miss!
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Known as “the Queen of the Welsh Resorts” since the middle of the 19th century, Llandudno is the largest seaside resort town in Wales. Characterised by the long promenade overlooked by the rows of Victorian buildings which make up the South Parade the architecture certainly lives up to this title. The town has 2 popular beaches, North Shore and West Shore.
If you are looking for a fun way to spend the day with the kids in Anglesey, then look no further than the Anglesey Sea Zoo! It is the biggest aquarium in all of Wales, with a truly staggering amount of marine life – all of which are found in and around the United Kingdom – just waiting to be seen.
Escape to the countryside and access nature straight from your front door. These cottages are away from towns and villages but often a short car journey from ammenities.
A popular area for holiday makers this has something for everyone - beaches, scenery and plenty of things to do.
Take a walk to the end of the pier, make sand castles on the beach, ride the tram or a cable car to the top of the Great Orme and treat yourself to a meal at one of the many restaurants. Llandudno has a lot to offer and is a great base for exploring North Wales.