Pristine beaches, striking Victorian architecture and nostalgic amusements make self-catering holidays in Llandudno special. The ‘Queen of the Welsh Resorts’ lies on the rugged Creuddyn Peninsula, in the northwest corner of Wales. Whether you want to walk the spectacular coast path, catch a few waves or explore the mountains and lakes of Snowdonia National Park, Llandudno holiday cottages have plenty to offer. Framed by a pair of headlands and overlooked by a Medieval castle, the town’s seafront is not to be missed, with Punch and Judy shows, penny arcades and crazy golf.
The town’s two-mile sand and shingle beach is backed by a sweeping promenade. There’s no better spot for donkey rides, ice-cream, sandcastles or a bracing dip in the water. In the middle of the bay, Venue Cymru hosts a variety of live shows. Jutting into the Irish Sea, award-winning Llandudno Pier is home to Deck Arcade, Leisure Island, funfair rides and a café with breathtaking views along the coast.
The enormous front yard of Llys Cyngar leads to a sandy beach where families and pets can frolic in the sun and surf before retiring to the hot tub. Situated in Morfa Bychan, Gwynedd, the coastal cottage boasts an interior with exposed beams and charm, as well as an open fire and contemporary style.
Don’t miss Llandudno’s Happy Valley, an outdoor theatre, putting green and miniature golf course, surrounded by stunning gardens. While you’re there, take a ride on the Great Orme Cabin Lift, the UK’s longest aerial cabin lift. Looming over the town centre’s maze of narrow streets are the beautifully preserved castle walls. Some of the best shopping can be found on Mostyn Street and Mostyn Avenue. The most scenic route out of Llandudno is Great Orme Marine Drive, carved into the rock, between the sea and towering cliffs. Nearby, the West Shore is a tranquil beach on the estuary of the River Conwy. Some of northwest Wales’ prettiest villages, towns and cities will be a short drive from your holiday cottage in Llandudno, including Bangor, Llanberis and Caernarfon. Wales’ highest mountain, Snowdon, is a spectacular one hour-drive southward.