Today I came back from a lovely weekend in North Wales. A number of years ago we visited the Snowdonia area but this time we were on the sea front in Llandudno. Wow. What a beautiful little town, there is so much to do, people everywhere and they are so friendly!
We arrived late Friday afternoon (parking is an absolute nightmare so beware of that) and managed to find the hotel fairly easy. We were greeted at the Hen-Dy Hotel by Fred and Marie, who by the way are the most incredible hosts, by far the best I have ever come across. They both carried our suitcases up the stairs, typical that I picked the top room but nevermind!
If you are looking at visiting Llandudno, I highly recommend visiting Fish Tram Chips which is located near the Tram Station. Fish, chips and mushy peas are not for me but they cater for fussy eaters like myself. A chicken burger and a strawberry ice cream milkshake will do me just fine. Honestly, it is worth visiting, waiting for a table and scoffing your face!
My aim is not to bore you with every single detail about the weekend but just the key points so if you decide to visit, you have ideas on where to go.
On the Saturday we decided to visit Conwy Castle in Conwy. If you are staying in Llandudno, there are plenty of buses (Llew Jones and Arriva) in the town rather than paying a whopping £9 for the tour buses. For the 5 mile journey to Conwy, we paid £3.75 each for a return from Llandudno to Conwy with Llew Jones – much better.
Would I recommend Conwy Castle?
The answer is yes. Do not expect this castle to fill the whole day though because it will not. Driving into Conwy is not recommend, it is a one way system with lots of people and lots of cars with limited parking. Oh, if you want an ice cream make sure you keep your eyes on it because there are seagulls everywhere…scary things.
The last day, the day nobody wants to appear as the weekend has flown by and things you wanted to do, you have not had chance to do. It is worth visiting the Great Orme in Llandudno for the beautiful landscapes that you cannot see low on the ground. There is an option to get the tram (£7) to the top or drive through the Toll Road (£3), we chose the Toll Road. Once you reach the top, there is a café, a Victorian photo shoot, crazy golf and a gift shop. Perfect atmosphere for dog walkers and people who enjoy long hilly walks.
Finally, I love Llandudno, I want to go again and I will be going again. I will most likely stay at the Hen-Dy Hotel again as they are having a refurbishment in January so it will be nice to see what they have done with the place. They also source local meat for breakfast which tastes scrumptious. I could not praise the hotel enough, it was bloody brilliant!