Coach holidays to Llandudno
Language: English & Welsh
Currency: Pound Sterling
Time Zone: GMT
Tipping: 10 to 12% is usual for hotels with 10 to 15% being usual for restaurants. In each case, it is not necessarily added to the bill. If a service charge has already been added, no further tip is required.
Llandudno - an introduction
Llandudno is affectionately known to most as the Queen of Welsh resorts but its recognition stretches much further than its borders. The English naturist, Charles Darwin, visited Llandudno for part of the 1820's and the popular holiday resort was where author Lewis Carroll fell in love with a girl called Alice, who later became the main character in the famous children's story 'Alice In Wonderland'. For a journey with a difference take a ride on the UK's longest cable car, add a multitude of retail stores with a unique combination of Victorian style and Edwardian elegance and two sunbathe-friendly sandy beaches, and it's easy to see why Llandudno Wales is one of the most popular coach holiday resorts in the UK.
Stroll along Llandudno's crescent promenade or take the hand of your loved one and see the sights upon the longest Pier in Wales then take the weight off your tired feet by savouring a cream tea in the award-winning Victoria Shopping Centre tearoom. No holiday to Llandudno would be complete without a ride on the resort's famous tramway that allows you to see the sights and delights without having to walk too far. At over a hundred years old, the tramway offers an old-fashioned ride up to Llandudno's summit where you can enjoy panoramic views of Llandudno, Little Orme, the Conwy Estuary and maybe even a glimpse of Puffin Island and Snowdonia if you're lucky.
For those looking for some adrenalin-pumping action, head for the slopes and try your hand at sno-tubing or throw on your walking boots and go for a hike through Snowdonia's National Park. Spend the night at the theatre, explore a copper mine dating back to the Bronze Age or enter the world of Art with a visit to Mostyn contemporary art gallery. Llandudno Wales is home to two Blue Flag beaches, the North Shore is a mixture of sand and shingle and is very popular with holidaymakers compared to the quieter West Shore, another beautiful sandy beach just asking for sandcastles to adorn it!
Tours start from only £89 per person and each holiday package to Llandudno includes: return coach travel, accommodation in a quality hotel (except self-drive), meals and excursions depending on the duration of the tour.
Things to do
We're here to offer a little inspiration for you when considering coach holidays to Llandudno. Here is just a snippet of what you can see and do whilst in North Wales:
Constructed in 1878, the Pier is a prominent symbol of Victorian and Edwardian elegance. Stretching a massive 1234ft into the Irish Sea, the Llandudno pier is the longest pier in Wales. The pier has two amusement arcades, in addition to a number of stalls and food and drink outlets; offering the traditional seaside favourites like candy floss, doughnuts, rock and ice-cream.
Great Orme Tramway
No visit to the seaside town of Llandudno is complete without a short ride on the Great Orme Tramway. Opened in 1902, this is the only cable-hauled tramway still operating on the public roads in Britain. The Tramway takes you to the summit of Great Orme (679 ft high), offering stunning views across Snowdonia and Anglesey.
RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve
Located on the banks of the Conwy estuary, this reserve is a great place to visit all year round. Not only can you observe local wildlife in their natural environment, make sure you drop into the Visitor Centre and find out more about the wildlife you might see. Stop for a bite to eat in the Waterside Coffee Shop that overlooks the lagoon.
Snowdonia National Park
Llandudno is very near to the border of Snowdonia National Park, which covers over 823 sq miles and is the largest open space to be found in Wales. The National Park is also home to Mount Snowdon, in addition to a number of picturesque villages such as Beddgellert and Betws-y-Coed.
Tips & Advice
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Wales, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting Wales from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting the Wales.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in Wales simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most tours in Wales are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don't venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution, jump a queue at your own risk.
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in Wales. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting Wales from outside of the United Kingdom it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into England, you need to be familiar with the Welsh custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to Wales from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, in most cases, an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok, however, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to Wales from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
For further information on Wales please go to the Official Tourism Website: http://www.visitwales.co.uk/