The winding road of the Great Orme Coastal Path in llandudno, with a cliff dropping to the sea.

Great Orme

No visit to Llandudno would be complete without taking in the beauty that is the Great Orme!

The Great Orme is Llandudno’s very own ‘mini-mountain’ and it’s fair to say that you really can’t miss it!

The massive chunk of limestone rises 207m/679ft and is thought to be over 350 million years old. Little wonder that its name, given by the Vikings, means ‘sea monster’.

As a Country Park and Special Area of Conservation, the Great Orme offers a range of different habitats from rich heathlands to sheer sea cliffs and limestone grassland. It supports a wide variety of plants and wildlife and some species, such as the silver-studded blue butterfly, are unique to the Great Orme.

However, its most famous residents are indisputably the wild Kashmiri goats! Made famous thanks to all the media attention they received during the COVID-19 pandemic when they started to take over the town! 

The Great Orme offers a vast array of activities to keep everyone entertained, including Llandudno’s Snowsports Centre and the world’s largest Bronze Age mine.

If walking is more your thing, then there are a few different options for your climb/descent. Alternatively, you could opt for the more relaxing Cable Cars or Great Orme Tram.

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