Staycation in Llandudno

After a year of posting most days on the pandemic, we are taking our long awaited staycation in North wales. We booked this holiday in February as soon as the Welsh Government announced its roadmap to normality, which included the possibility of self catering holiday accommodation permitted before Easter on 29th March. From 26 April, pubs, cafes and restaurants in Wales will reopen outdoors, and may be able to reopen indoors in time for the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May. click full article. Rates have continued to fall dramatically in Wales and the plan came to fruition. In normal times, we would be in Spain, but increasingly, foreign travel remains unlikely for the next 3-6 months, or possibly until 2022.

Llandudno Pier
Llandudno Pier

After a long five hour drive to North Wales and a walk along the seafront, we checked into our holiday apartment in Llandudno about 4.00 pm. According to their own publicity, Llandudno is one of the finest traditional seaside resorts in the world, with its traditional victorian pier. Acclaimed travel writer Bill Bryson stated recently that Llandudno is his “Favourite Seaside Resort”. A splendid promenade spans the gently curving bay between the headlands of the Great Orme and the Little Orme. The beach on the West Shore attracts visitors with glorious views of Snowdonia and Anglesey.

Llandudno Cable Cars
Llandudno cable car

The town is outstandingly preserved, with all the traditional attractions of its Victorian origins. The Great Orme towers above the town, and can be accessed by cable car, which we caught on Saturday morning after walking along the pier. On Saturday afternoon we explored the Great Orme by car, visiting St Tudno’s cemetery and enjoying the views. St. Tudno’s Church has been a site of Christian worship since the 6th century, when the Celtic monk Tudno (pronounced “Tidno”) brought the word of God to the people, and gave his name to the town of “Llandudno”.

On Sunday, we explored Rhos-on-Sea on a heritage walk, including St Trillo’s chapel, the smallest church in the UK located on the beach – with only room for 6 worshipers. St Trillo was also a 6th century celtic saint. Click for heritage walk.

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Inside St Trullo’s Chapel, Rhos-on-sea

In the afternoon, we visited Gwrych Castle, Abergele, which was the location of this year’s “I’m a celebrity – get me out of here.” The show was held in North Wales rather than Australia because of the pandemic.

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Gwrych Castle, Abergele

On Monday, we had a fantastic day out to the village of Portmeirion, an hour’s drive or so from Llandudno. Portmeirion is a tourist village in GwyneddNorth Wales. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village, and is now owned by a charitable trust. The village is located in the community of Penrhyndeudraeth, on the estuary of the River Dwyryd, 2 miles (3.2 km) south east of Porthmadog, and 1 mile (1.6 km) from Minffordd railway station. Portmeirion has served as the location for numerous films and television shows, most famously as “The Village” in the 1960s television show The Prisoner.

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Central Piazza, Portmeirion

Iuesday, we had a more relaxing day, with a Zoom meeting with friends and Conwy Castle in the afternoon, including a walk on the extensive castle walls which extend for 1.3 kms around the town. King Edward I and his architect Master James of St George built both castle and walls in an unbelievable four years between 1283 and 1287.

Conwy Castle
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map of Conwy city walls

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