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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy Valley Gardens in Llandudno

Nestling at the foot of the Great Orme in Llandudno is the Happy Valley. Formerly a copper mine and then a stone quarry, the valley was landscaped and presented as Happy Valley to Llandudno by Lord Mostyn. This was way back in 1887 while celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. To mark the occassion a drinking fountain with a canopied bust of Queen Victoria was also installed. The druidical stone circle that you see behind the fountain was erected to mark the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1962-1963.


The lower slopes of the valley have a tea pavilion and an entertainment centre. Both offer a place to relax and unwind with beautiful views of the sea. The lower slope also has some informal gardens. its a beautiful place to relax away from the crowded beach.


Just below the Happy Valley is the Marine Drive entrance gateway.


The base station for the Cable Car is also located near the lower slopes of Happy Valley.


As you climb up the valley, you will see beautiful landscaped gardens.









And much higher up is the Llandudno Ski and Snowboard Centre with its artificial ski slope.



How to reach?
Happy Valley is around 10 minutes walk from the Llandudno North Shore promenade.

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