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We hadn't actually intended to go to Llandudno, as seaside resorts are not really our sort of thing, but I needed to buy a lead for my laptop computer and Llandudno was the place to get it. After buying the lead we decided, as we were now in Llandudno, to have a look at the Great Orme and it's tramway.

We found that there was plenty of free roadside parking available so we found a space not far from the tramway terminus and were able to walk there in about 5 minutes.

We walked up the same road as the tram because I wanted to take photographs of the tramway and I couldn't do that sitting in a tram. If you want to walk up the Great Orme I suggest that you use one of the footpaths rather than the road as it will probably have a generally more pleasant environment.

When we eventually came back down we thought we'd have a quick look at the seafront out of curiosity and were pleasantly surprised at what we found. The whole area, including the pier, looks very well cared for and turned out to be rather nice. The way that the wide promenade and the Victorian buildings curve around the bay was quite impressive. We even walked out to the end of the pier and had a cup of coffee in the little cafeteria before walking back. Llandudno is noted for being an exceptionally good example of a Victorian seaside resort and I am not prepared to argue with that.

One thing that did strike me as we walked around the streets was that almost every building seemed to be a hotel or bed and breakfast establishment. They obviously expect a lot of visitors here. I have heard that the resident population numbers around 20,000 but swells to 3 times that during the summer season.

If you like seaside resorts or Victoriana then Llandudno is for you.