Llandudno is the largest seaside town in Wales and one of the most popular in the UK, and The Empire Hotel is located right in the heart of the town. A short walk to restaurants, cafes, bars and shops the hotel is an ideal base to explore the town. Located at the foot of the Great Orme, the hotel is just a few minutes walk from the tramway, cable car and ancient copper mines. The beachfront promenade and famous vintage Victorian pier is also just a short walk away.

There is also plenty to explore by car and public transport, including Conwy Castle, the beautiful Bodnant Garden and the stunning RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve. Snowdonia National Park, which features some of the country's most spectacular landscape and walking trails, is about a half hour's drive.

Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden (which is owned by the National Trust) is one of the most spectacular and admired gardens in Britain. Bodnant Garden was voted the winner of "The National Trust Gardens Award" by National Trust members and visitors, and separately it was voted "The Favourite Garden in the Country" by Daily Telegraph readers.

It was created by successive generations of the McLaren family, but was primarily the creation of the 2nd Lord Aberconway (Henry McLaren) who gave it to the National Trust in 1949.

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  • SEASON 20th Feb - 21st Nov
  • PHONE 01492 650460
  • ADDRESS Bodnant Garden, Tal y Cafn, near Colwyn Bay,
    Conwy, LL28 5RE

Conwy Castle

Constructed by the English monarch Edward I between 1283 and 1289 as one of the key fortresses in his 'iron ring' of castles to contain the Welsh, Master James of St George's design, remains one of the most outstanding achievements of medieval military architecture.

The distinctive elongated shape, with its two barbicans, eight massive towers and great bow-shaped hall, was perhaps determined by the narrow rocky outcrop on which the castle stands.

Great Orme Mines

The worlds largest Bronze Age Copper Mine, self guided tour. Walk through tunnels mined over 3,500 years ago. See the amazing prehistoric cavern. Shop and visitor centre open to non mine visitors.

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  • SEASON Late March to late October
  • PHONE 01492 870447
  • ADDRESS Great Orme Mines, Great Orme,
    Lllandudno, LL30 2XG

Great Orme Tramway

The Great Orme Tramway is Britain's largest and most spectacular funicular tramway. The Tramway climbs one mile to the Orme's summit offering breathtaking views of Llandudno's magnificient bays and beyond! The Tramway has been thrilling old and young for over 100 years and is a unique attraction not to be missed!

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  • SEASON Late March to late October
  • PHONE 01492 879306
  • ADDRESS The Great Orme Tramway, Victoria Station,
    Church Walks, Llandudno, LL30 2NB

Llandudno Cable Car

Enjoy a ride on the Llandudno Cable Car during your visit to this beautiful resort. As the cable cars glide silently from Happy Valley to the summit of the Great Orme (679ft) a magnificient panorama unfolds - breathtaking views of Llandudno, the Little Orme, Conwy Estuary and beyond to mountains of Snowdonia . Choose return (18 minute ride) or single from Happy Valley or the summit, where there is a cafe.

The Cable Car from the Happy Valley to the Great Orme Summit is, at over one mile each way, the longest Aerial Cabin Lift in the United Kingdom. It was built in 1969 and fully overhauled in 2006.

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  • SEASON Late March to late October
  • PHONE 01492 877205
  • ADDRESS Happy Valley, Great Orme, Llandudno

Oriel Mostyn Gallery

The Mostyn gallery reopened in May 2010 following a substantial refurbishment and expansion project led by Ellis Williams Architects which fused the original Victorian terracotta façade and top lit galleries with striking modern new spaces and interior features.

Showing the best contemporary art from Wales and the rest of the world the Mostyn programme is varied, interesting and stimulating with friendly gallery assistants always on hand to help visitors get the most from their visit.

The Mostyn shop stocks original and unique hand made jewellery, ceramics, textiles and glass as well as a wide choice of greeting cards, art magazines and varied selection of art and craft related books.

Café Lux on the first floor offers a range of snacks, cakes and drinks in a beautiful, light and airy space with broad bay windows affording a view over to the sea.

Wheelchair accessible throughout, Mostyn is situated in Vaughan Street which runs between the end of Mostyn Street and the Railway Station.

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  • SEASON All Year (10am – 5pm. Mon – Sat)
  • PHONE 01492 879201
  • ADDRESS Oriel Mostyn Gallery, 12 Vaughan Street,
    Llandudno, LL30 1AB

RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve

Situated on the banks of the Conwy estuary, with magnificent views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, this reserve is delightful at any time of year.

You're welcome to join one of our guided walks along pushchair-friendly paths. We have events to suit everyone from keen birdwatchers to beginners or young families. Birds can always be seen from the visitor centre, and our friendly experts can help you spot godwits and shelducks, or any of the more than 200 different species that have been seen at this reserve.

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  • SEASON All Year
  • PHONE 01492 584091
  • ADDRESS RSPB Conwy Reserve, Llandudno Junction
    Conwy, LL31 9XZ

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Set in North Wales, high above Colwyn Bay with panoramic views and breathtaking scenery, its beautiful gardens are home to this caring conservation zoo. Roam the wooded pathways, relax on the grassy slopes and spend a lovely day learning about many rare and endangered species from Britain and around the world.

Enjoy the Penguin Parade, Chimp Encounter, Bear Falls, New Condor Haven and the Children's Farm plus much more. Visit the New 'Sealions Rock' and watch our Californian Sealions being trained. Enjoy the exciting and extensive Jungle Adventureland and Tarzan Trail Adventure Playground. For the more technically inclined, visit thr Media Centre, where you can do a virtual tour of the Zoo and play some great educational games.

The zoo has a vast range of animals for you to meet including snow leopards, brown bears, Sumatran tigers, red pandas, camels, penguins, alligators, wild horses and much more.

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  • SEASON All Year
  • PHONE 01492 532 938
  • ADDRESS The Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay,
    North Wales, LL28 5UY