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Llandudno is a popular 'Victorian, seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, North Wales, and is situated on the Creuddyn peninsula protruding into the Irish Sea. The Llandudno community includes Gogarth, Penrhyn Bay, Craigside and Penrhynside. Llandudno's name is derived from its patron saint, Saint Tudnoand is the largest seaside resort in Wales. Llandudno has a beach of sand, shingle and rock curves two miles between the headlands of the Great Orme and the Little Orme.

By 1847 Llandudno had grown to a thousand people, where the majority of the men worked in the copper mines, with others employed in fishing and subsistence agriculture. However in 1848, Owen Williams, an architect and surveyor from Liverpool, presented Lord Mostyn with plans to develop the marshlands behind Llandudno Bay as a holiday resort - this changed both the face and fortune of Llandudno. The influence of the Mostyn Estate and its agents over the years was paramount in the development of Llandudno, especially after the appointment of George Felton as surveyor and architect in 1857. Between 1857 and 1877 much of central Llandudno was developed under Felton's supervision. Felton also undertook architectural design work, including the design and execution of Holy Trinity Church in Mostyn Street.
 

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The long curved pebble and sand beach of Llandudno - looking east towards the hill of the Little Orme and Penrhyn and Craigside.

 

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Looking west from Llandudno's beach towards the pier and Great Orme

 

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Llandudno's grand Pier

 

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The Grand Hotel on the seafront of Llandudno.

 

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You pass the Grand Hotel on your way to promenade on Llandudno's Pier!

 

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A view of pier from toll road up to the top of the Great Orme - part of the Marine Parade

 

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Llandudno pier is on the North Shore. Built in 1878, it is a Grade II listed building. The pier was extended in 1884 in a landward direction along the side of what was the Baths Hotel (where the Grand Hotel now stands) to provide a new entrance with the Llandudno Pier Pavilion Theatre, thus increasing the pier's length to 2,295 feet (700 m); it is the longest pier in Wales. Attractions on the pier include a bar, a cafe, amusement arcades, children's fairground rides and an assortment of shops & kiosks. In the summer, Professor Codman's Punch and Judy show (established in 1860) can be found on the promenade near the entrance to the pier.
 

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The Great Orme from Llandudno Pier

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Fishing of the pier at Llandudno plus 60's music blaring out too!

 

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A huge windfarm has been built offshore of Llandudno.

 

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Looking landwards over Llandudno to the hills of North Wales.

 

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For most of the length of Llandudno's North Shore there is a wide curving Victorian promenade. The road, collectively known as The Parade, has a different name for each block and it is on these parades and crescents that many of Llandudno's hotels are built.

 

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The grand swath of Victorian hotels on Llandudno's seefront.

 

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The Mad Hatter sculpture at Llandudno.

 

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The Alexandra Hotel in Llandudno.

 

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Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno

 

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The interior of Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno

 

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The high altar and chancel of Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno

 

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Stained glass windows in Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno

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Looking down the nave of Holy Trinity Church

 

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Running behind the promenade is Mostyn Street leading to Mostyn Broadway and then Mostyn Avenue. These are the main shopping streets of Llandudno and Craig-y-Don. Mostyn Street accommodates the high street shops, the major high street banks and building societies, two churches, amusement arcades and the town's public library.

 

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A view of the hills from car park before eating in M&S !!

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The very nice M&S cafe in Llandudno, North Wales Coast, St John's Methodist Church beyond up the street.

 


Until 2017, Llandudno was unique within the UK in that its lifeboat station was located inland, allowing it to launch with equal facility from either the West Shore or the North Shore as needed. In 2017, a new lifeboat station was completed, and new, high-speed, offshore and inshore lifeboats, and a modern launching system, were acquired.


The town is just off the North Wales Coast railway line which was opened as the Chester and Holyhead Railway in 1848. It became part of the London and North Western Railway in 1859, and part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923. Llandudno was specifically built as a mid-Victorian era holiday destination and is served by a branch railway line opened in 1858 from Llandudno Junction with stations at Deganwy and Llandudno.
 


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