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Opened in 1902, Great Orme Tramway has been an extremely popular attraction. It was and still remains the only cable-hauled tramway working on public British Roads. It was a real engineering feat back in its hey-day and is now a historical marvel.

The tramway transports visitors from the thriving beach resort of Llandudno all the way to the top of Great Orme. Besides its ability to take you back in time, the tramway is loved because of the incredible views from Great Orme. When it was first built, the idea was to provide a quicker and much less tiring way for people to traverse the steep hillside. It is still used by locals for this purpose and as such is functional as well as fantastic fun!

Before 1935 trams were not allowed to run on Sundays, but since then it has run 7 days a week. And conveniently the trams run every 20 minutes so you can spend the day relaxing on the beach and then head over whenever you feel like a trip to the top of Great Orme.

Because of the trams’ design and their excellent maintenance, you can see how they work. The kids will find this especially fascinating! Why not ask the driver to give you the low down?

If you’re starting your day in Llandudno you really won’t want to miss a trip to Great Orme, whose summit is a huge 207m. On a clear day you can see Anglesey, Snowdonia, Blackpool, the Isle of Man and the Lake District!

While you’re up there make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the wonders a little closer to home. See if you can spot the wild Kashmir goats and the 2 native species of butterfly. And if you’re still not ready to leave then go on an adventure to the Bronze Age copper mines, the Stone Age remains and the Iron Age fort.

There is so much on offer when you try the Great Orme Tramway experience that you won’t be disappointed whatever your expectations.


Victoria Station, Church walks, Llandudno LL30 2NB

Tel: 01492 577 877

Opening Times: 10am-6pm 7 days a week from late March to late October. Closes at 5pm in March & October only.