Llandudno - North and West Shore, Promenade and Pier

In the first week of July we visited North Wales and stayed at Llandudno - a beautiful seaside resort town. Its one of the best places to stay if you plan to explore and discover the beauty of North Wales.

Both the North and West Shores of Llandudno were awarded the 2011 Seaside award and both are so different from each other.

The North Shore is happening and there is never a dull moment here. If you love enjoying the coast in a beautiful old fashioned way then head here. You will find live music on the bandstand, ice cream stalls on the pier, Punch and Judy shows, animal rides on the sand or just relax on your deckchair looking out at the lovely Llandudno Bay. At the east end of the prom there are lots of stalls selling snacks and other food items.

The Llandudno pier on the North Shore is an award winnig pier at at 2295feet is also the longest pier in Wales. On a clear day you can see the Snowdonia mountains from the end of the pier. The pier includes attractions like amusement arcades, fairground rides for kids, lots of shops selling arts and crafts, a bar, a cafe and many other kiosks.

The West Shore is more quieter than the North one and looks out across the mouth of the Conwy Estuary. The views are amazing and its a place to see some spectacular sunrise/sunsets. I loved the west shore more and it was less crowded and more peaceful.

Alice Liddell (on whom Alice in Wonderland is supposed to be based) used to spend her childhood summer holidays at Pen Morfa on the West Shore. The link that Llandudno shares with Alice can be seen in the wooden sculptures of characters from the book scattered all over the town. I was not aware of this connection earlier. Only after spotting these statues, did I read up and come to know of this Llandudno-Alice connection :)

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