The geology, wildlife, archaeology and landscape of the Great Orme (Pen-y-Gogarth) on the Creuddyn Peninsula is of such importance that much of the headland has been designated a Special Area of Conservation, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Heritage Coast. It is managed as a Country Park and Local Nature Reserve by Conwy Countryside Service.
The Country Park is much visited by naturalists, and is the habitat of several endangered species.
The Great Orme Tramway
The Great Orme Tramway has been delighting visitors since it opened on July 31st 1902. An engineering marvel of its age, it's still the only cable-hauled tramway still operating on British public roads.
At the Halfway Station exhibition, discover the fascinating funicular tramway - then enjoy the spectacular ride to the top.
Lovingly restored - Re-live the experience of travel more than 100 years ago in the original tramcars - each named after a Saint. The whole tramway has been lovingly restored, ready for another century of service.
North Wales offers some of the most stunning walking country in the British isles. From mountains to moorland, sunny river strolls to magnificent waterfalls. It's got the lot!
The towering peaks of North Wales - Tryfan, Snowdon and the surrounding mountains are riddled with technical scrambling and mountaineering challenges whilst North Wales' beautiful lakes and rolling hills below provide a tranquil setting for more relaxing walks and rambles.
The Wales Coast Path – the longest continuous coastal path around a country, enable you to wind your way through 870 miles of stunning coastal landscape.
Snowdonia and North Wales offers a huge choice of walks - with a walk to suit just about everybody.
Wales Coast Path – the longest continuous coastal path around a country, which enable you to wind your way through 870 miles of stunning coastal landscape.
North Wales Coast & Dee Estuary Section
This section is a mixture of wonderful sandy beaches and family friendly towns and villages. At Prestatyn, the Wales Coast Path joins Offa’s Dyke Path.
Little Orme – 0.5 miles – the path takes you out to Angel Bay which is great for bird and seal spotting, onwards over the Little Orme towards the town of Llandudno.
Great Orme Summit – 1.5 miles – there are three scenic summit trails all taking in wonderful views over the elegant town of Llandudno, Menai Strait and Anglesey.
Great Orme Circular – 13.8 miles – around the Great Orme with fantastic views across the whole of the North Wales coastline. Takes in the ruin of Deganwy Castle.
Conwy Mountain – 3 miles – Conwy Mountain stands proud to the west of Conwy, the summit has fine views and is the site of an Iron Age hill fort.
There’s nothing pretentious or pompous about golf in North Wales. We’re talking about unspoiled courses at affordable prices.
The mild coastal climate provides the perfect conditions for year-round golf. True links courses hug the shore. Some, like Prestatyn, are so close to the sea that you could get your feet wet. Championship links courses like Conwy will test your golfing skills (and your nerves). Expect magnificent coastal views from the likes of Abergele, Maesdu and North Wales (Llandudno).
All of our coastal courses are full of character – so they all offer a very different playing experience.
Use the right hand menu to discover some local golf clubs of interest.
Llandudno (Maesdu) Golf Club
The 18 holes are gently undulating. While playing there are captivating panoramic views of the curving Conwy Bay, the Great Orme and in the distance the Snowdonia mountains, Isle of Anglesey and Puffin Island. The championship course, over 6500 yards, is varied and interesting. A good score is achieved with careful putting on the undulating greens.
- Course Type: Parkland
- Yards: 6,545
- Par: 72
Llandudno (Maesdu) Golf Club
Hospital Road, Llandudno, Gwynedd, LL30 1HU
North Wales (Llandudno) Golf Club
This is a true links course of championship standard, played out alongside the magnificent scenery of the North Wales Coast. Expect some tricky par 3’s including the famously named ‘O.L.’ and ‘L.O.’ where a par will feel like a birdie.
The 8th is a great links hole, especially when there’s a stiff breeze from the beach. This is also the club where a young Tony Jacklin had lessons during his summer holiday and reduced his handicap from 17 to 1.
- Course Type: links
- Yards: 6,254
- Par: 71
Llandudno (North Wales) Golf Club
72 Bryniau Road, West Shore, Llandudno, Gwynedd, LL30 2DZ
Conwy Golf Club
Conwy is a big bear of a links course. It’s loved far and wide for being one of the most challenging courses in Wales. Which explains why it’s been host to The Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open for two years running. And why it held the European Amateur Team Championships in 2009. Sam Torrance, Costantino Rocca and Ian Woosnam are all fans.
Golf Punk, who voted Conwy their Welsh course of the year in 2006, described it as having ‘a tightness of fairway that would have even Jim Furyk reaching for his hip flask.’ So pack one just in case. Conwy has the whole package: testing holes, lots of character, great facilities and a warm welcome.
- Course Type: links
- Yards: 6,647
- Par: 72
Conwy Golf Club
Beacons Way, Morfa, Conwy, LL32 8ER
Phone: 01492 592423
Most are narrow gauge steam railways with history spanning well over 100 years. Built in a time less hasty than our own, most originally served to carry Welsh slate from the quarries to the sea. However, no two are the same and they all offer a unique experience of a bygone era.
The special attraction of narrow gauge railways lies in their modest size compared with the main line ones and their leisurely speed gives time to take in some of the splendid scenery.
The Llangollen Railway is the only preserved standard-gauge railway in Mid and North Wales, while Snowdon Railway is Britain's only Rack and Pinion Railway.
Welsh Highland Railway
The Welsh Highland Railway is Snowdonia’s newest railway. Trains start a spectacular 25 mile scenic journey from beneath the castle walls at Caernarfon.
The trains - hauled by the world's most powerful narrow gauge steam locomotives - climb from sea level to over 650ft on the foothills of Snowdon, before zig-zagging dramatically down the steep hillside to reach Beddgelert, nestling in the heart of the National Park, then through the magnificent Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog.
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Travel by train on Britain's only Rack and Pinion Railway up Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales 3,560ft (1085m). Since 1896, visitors from around the world have travelled on Snowdon Mountain Railway, enjoying Snowdon's dramatic landscape and scenery.
For more than 114 years holiday makers and day trippers have been appreciating the truly spectacular views they have experienced while claiming the ascent of Snowdon as a lifetime adventure. As the train climbs through the atmospheric landscape of Snowdon passengers can absorb themselves in the rich myth, legend and history Snowdonia has to offer.
This unique railway is one of the most popular visitor attractions in North Wales.
The Ffestiniog Railway is truly a 'Great Little Railway' and is the oldest independent railway company in the World today and is the only railway in the world still operating the double-ended "Fairlie" patent steam engines.
Originally built to serve the slate industry of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the line used to be operated by gravity. Wagons laden with slate, rumbled down the hillside, kept under control by intrepid brakesmen.
Steam locomotives were introduced in the 1860s and, today, some of those same little engines haul carriages of holidaymakers through the stunning scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, taking you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.
The Llangollen Railway is the only preserved standard-gauge railway in Mid and North Wales.
Mainly Steam, starting at Llangollen Station located beside the Dee River Bridge in Llangollen Town, and continuing for 7 ½ miles upstream, following the River Dee to the village of Carrog and is part of the former Great Western Railway's line from Ruabon to Barmouth.
Plans are in hand to extend the line a further 2 ½ miles to Corwen Town, where a new station will be built.