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The Great Orme is a large limestone hill rising above the sea-side resort of Llandudno. You can walk, drive or take the cable car or the Great Orme tramway where there is a Visitor Centre. Great Orme has a fascinating geology, archaeology, wildlife and history of this spectacular headland, thought to be over 350 million years old.
The Great Orme’s special importance is reflected in its designation as a Country Park, Special Area of Conservation, Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI site) and Heritage Coast. The Great Orme's different habitats, ranging from rich heathlands to sheer sea cliffs, limestone grassland to woodland, support a wide variety of plants and wildlife. Some animal species on the Great Orme are very rare – choughs, for example – while others, like the silver-studded blue butterfly, are unique to the Great Orme and look out for the Great Orme's most famous residents, the wild Kashmir goats with their shaggy white coats and fearsome horns. There is a nature trail from the Great Orme Country Park Visitor Centre, which has stopping-off points that interpret the Orme’s intriguing story AND visit the unique Great Orme Ancient Mine, the world’s largest Bronze Age mine.

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The Great Orme sea cliffs from Llandudno Pier

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The start of road up to top of the Great Orme

 

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The view of Llandudno's pier on the way up the toll road.

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Eglwys Sant Tudno (St Tudno's Church), high up on the Great Orme

St. Tudno founded his cell on the Great Orme in the sixth century but no trace of the original building remains. The present church was built in the 12th century and part of the north wall remains from this time, while the rest of the structure dates from a 15th century extension. In 1839 the roof was damaged by a severe storm and it was decided not to repair the church but to build a new church nearer the centre of what was then the village of Llandudno.

 

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Views from near St. Tudno's Church

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Further up from St Tudno's church, looking down on the graveyard

 

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The Great Orme Tramway

 

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From the summit of the Great Orme, the view across towards the north Wales coast from Conwy to Bangor

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The Great Orme summit cafe and visitor centre.

 

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Looking down on the Bronze age copper mine on the Great Orme, one of the oldest copper mines in ancient Britain and Ireland

 

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Looking across to Conwy town across the River Conwy as we descend back down from the Great Orme.

See also the resort of Llandudno

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