Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve

Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve

The Great Orme is a limestone headland that with its little sister – the Little Orme – defines Llandudno Bay. The Great Orme, rising from the sea at Llandudno, has attracted countless generations of people from the Stone Age right up to the present day. Whether your interests lie in history, bird watching and natural history or simply walking or enjoying spectacular views, the Great Orme has something to offer everyone.

The Great Orme is 2 miles long, 1 mile wide and rises 207 metres (679 feet) from the sea. The geology, wildlife, archaeology and landscape is of such importance that much of the headland has been designated a Special Area of Conservation, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Heritage Coast. In order to ensure the successful coexistence of all interests, the Great Orme is managed as a Country Park and Local Nature Reserve by Conwy Countryside Service.

Although the Great Orme is an attraction in its own right, there are many other attractions sitting on the headland.

Bronze Age Mine, one of Europe’s most important bronze age sites.

The Great Orme Tramway, a marvel of Victorian engineering that has been carrying visitors to the summit since it opened in 1902 – its still the only cable-hauled tramway still operating on British public roads.

Llandudno Ski Slope where you can practice your dry skiing and tobogganing in the delightful Happy Valley gardens.

The Llandudno Cable Car, the longest passenger cable car system in Britain, which like the tram uses steel cables to transport visitors to the summit, but this time through the air.

Great Orme Family Golf, a 9 hole pitch and putt which specialises in providing affordable golf for family groups with all clubs and balls supplied, and its worth playing just for the views of Llandudno and the Conwy estuary.

Haulfre Gardens – Tea rooms and Gift Shop, where many plants and flowers are cultivated in terraces alongside a pathway that cuts across the Orme.

There is however a few days when you might choose not to visit the Great Orme. Come November 10th 2011 the Wales section of Rally GB pays a noisy visit to the Great Orme . Then again you might be a rally enthusiast and the Orme makes an ideal location for viewing the rally.