The Great OrmeLlandudno, Snowdonia
The Great Orme, Llandudno, Snowdonia, North Wales
The Great Orme is well worth a visit for an action-packed day of sightseeing and adventure. A fantastic family day out can be had on this limestone headland. With amazing panoramic views and plenty of space to explore, the Great Orme is at the edge of Llandudno and can be accessed via road or rail.
Why not let the train take the strain. In this case, we mean tram - there is a route to the top of the Great Orme and is an exciting way to start a day out. Or how does a cable car ride sound? Of course, you can reach the top by car, bike or foot too but often the little ones like the adventure of the tram or cable car. The Great Orme is thought of as Llandudno’s ‘miniature mountain’ and rises 679 ft out of the sea. It's name is derived from the Viking word 'urm' meaning sea monster.
The Great Orme is listed as a Special Area of Conservation, a Site of Special Scientific Interest along with Heritage Coast, and it’s not hard to see why! With a diverse terrain such as heathlands, sea cliffs, grassland and woodland, the Orme is a thriving expanse of habitat for wildlife and plant species. Keep an eye out for The Great Orme’s residents; the famous wild Kashmir goats and the silver-studded blue butterflies who enjoy making an appearance for their visitors!
From the summit on a clear day, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Carneddau mountains, Liverpool Bay, the expanse of the Irish Sea towards the Menai Strait and Anglesey. The tramcar from Victoria station and through the Halfway station will take you on a taster journey through The Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve to the very top - a scenic ride with fantastic photo opportunities.
The headland itself is thought to be over 350 million years old, it is encircled by a road called Marine Drive, it is a toll road, but one of the way you are able to reach the top by car. There is a visitors centre at the very top and plenty of paths crisscrossing the landscape to make sure the little ones run out of energy before the trip back down. A great place to spend a day, pack up a picnic and head for a day of exploring! There are the mines to visit on the Orme too!
Runs various days and times April - October (weather permitting)
Tram - March - October
Daily: 10am - 6pm
(They close at 5pm during March and October)
Phone number: 01492 874151
There are benches, as well as plenty of grass for you to set down a blanket, too.
There is parking on the summit, which is pay and display. There is limited free on-road parking at the bottom of the Orme, close to the tram start point. There are pay and display car parks within a short walk of this point also.
Dogs are welcome in all areas but advised to be kept on leads due to animals roaming.
Other useful info
If you have or decide to buy a Snowdonia Pass (a pass applying discounts to various attractions and activity centres in Snowdonia), you can have 10% off the ticket price for a ride on the Great Orme Tramway.
The cable car is not in use if the weather conditions are not appropriate eg. high winds.
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