Great Orme (Conwy)

You can’t miss Great Orme in Llandudno as it is the striking backdrop to any photograph taken in Llandudno itself.

Scenic summit trails take in wonderful views over the elegant Victorian town of Llandudno and across to the Menai Strait and Anglesey. The paths are steep in places so if want you the view without the walk, you can reach the top by tram or cable car. The wide range of flowers on the Great Orme provides food for butterflies in summer – and look out for the resident goats.

Well worth a visit and you have number of things to do and visit and options:

  • The marine drive is a masterpiece of Victorian road building with great views to Snowdonia and Anglesey. The 5 mile (8 km) drive is a one-way route hanging to the edge of the cliffs.
  • Great Orme tramway is cable-hauled with original Victorian carriages.
  • The Great Orme cable cars pass over the road and tramway. A combined ticket allows you to experience both, go up on one and down on the other.
  • For the more energetic you can walk.


Whilst on Great Orme visit the bronze-age copper mines where you can follow the ancient workings and caverns 150ft (45m) below ground.

Our weather forecast for Llandudno in Conwy

Today (Sunday, Jan 24)

Expect a temperature in the range 1.4℃ to 2.9℃ with a wind speed 4.6 m/sec (E)

Monday, Jan 25

Expect a temperature in the range 2.8℃ to 3℃ with a wind speed 4.4 m/sec (NW)

Tuesday, Jan 26

Expect a temperature in the range 3.9℃ to 4.9℃ with a wind speed 5.7 m/sec (SW)

Wednesday, Jan 27

Expect a temperature in the range 6.5℃ to 7℃ with a wind speed 4.5 m/sec (WSW)

Thursday, Jan 28

Expect a temperature in the range 9.1℃ to 9.8℃ with a wind speed 6.4 m/sec (SSW)

Friday, Jan 29

Expect a temperature in the range 7.1℃ to 7.6℃ with a wind speed 5.2 m/sec (WSW)

Saturday, Jan 30

Expect a temperature in the range 1.7℃ to 3.2℃ with a wind speed 7.1 m/sec (ESE)

Weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

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1 Review on “Great Orme (Conwy)”

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  • AndyfromBury

    An Awesome Run/Jog Route

    It’s clear that the Great Orme means many things to many people. For me the five & a half mile circular route, mainly along Marine Drive, brings together virtually all of what is best in rural, coastal and hill running and jogging. The scenery is breath-taking and the combination of the winding road & the rapidly undulating terrain provides ever-changing short, medium and long distance views. And, of course, by simply reversing the route even more new and interesting views of the same landscape features can be seen. Car parking space can usually be found just past the Grand Hotel or on Gloddaeth Street near to the Palladium (Wetherspoons). Once you know the lay of the land there is plenty of scope to adapt your routes to include the Great Orme’s other features and/or training opportunities, all with arguably the finest panoramic views in Wales. Marine Drive is very exposed in places so be prepared for strong cold winds at any time of the year. An early start will catch the sun shimmering over Llandudno Bay whereas a late start will mean you will see a beautiful setting sun over Puffin Island & Anglesey. Why not try both? The basic 5 & a half mile circular can be extended south along the coastal path to Conwy via the Conwy River estuary & bridge, or east along Llandudno Bay to explore the Little Orme finishing at the trig point with its stunning view back over the bay towards the Great Orme. Even doing this run just a couple of times a year, as I do, makes knocking out the miles at the gym or on boring & often dangerous urban roads all worthwhile. This is what running is all about – or it should be. See you there.

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