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Great Orme Tramway in Wales 2024

Ride a Victorian tramcar to feel the atmosphere of old Llandudno

Best time: late March–late October

Great Orme Tramway
Great Orme Tramway

In the picturesque town of Llandudno, named the "Queen of Welsh Resorts," there is a one of a kind attraction—the Great Orme Tramway. This is Britain's unique cable-hauled Street Tramway! Four of the original Victorian Tramcars run along the tram line, and it can't be found elsewhere!

During your short trip, you'll find stunning views of Llandudno's sweeping bays and the Great Orme. You can reach the peak of the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve and organise a picnic in the open air or visit the exhibition at the Great Orme Country Park Visitor Centre. This unique attraction has been visited for over 100 years and will attract visitors for the next 100 years. It is available from late March to late October.

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What is the Great Orme Tramway?

Situated in the picturesque town of Llandudno, Wales, the Great Orme Tramway is an unique cable-hauled street tramway that is the only surviving one of its kind in Britain. Operating with four Victorian Tramcars, it traverses along the tram line and up to the Orme summit, offering spectacular panoramic views of Llandudno’s town and countryside surroundings. The rock formations, foliage, and wildlife only add to this visual delight. Show more

Where is the Great Orme Tramway located?

The Great Orme Tramway is situated in the scenic seaside town of Llandudno, in North Wales' Conwy County Borough. The Tramway is divided into two sections that span about one mile and rise over 200 meters above sea level. Visitors can board the Tramway at the bottom station near Victoria station on Church Walks, and the top station is located at the Great Orme's summit. Show more

When does the Great Orme Tramway operate?

The Great Orme Tramway operates each year between late March and late October, except where circumstances such as bad weather, annual maintenance, overhauls, or refurbishments, dictate otherwise. The Tramway operates as an 'out-and-back' route, with the last tramcar reaching only the Halfway Station. Information on the Tramway's operational timings can be obtained from their website. Show more

What are the highlights of the Great Orme Tramway ride?

The Great Orme Tramway ride is replete with highlights, including the breathtaking views of the North Wales coastline and stunning scenery of Llandudno and Conwy. The charm of the Victorian Tramcars, an opportunity to interact with the wild animals like goats and rabbits found on the Great Orme, the Bronze Age mines, Haulfre gardens, St. Tudno's church, and the Great Orme summit complex make the ride even more memorable. Show more

What other attractions are near the Great Orme Tramway?

The Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve, located near the Tramway, is a worth-visiting attraction in addition to Tramway's scenic ride. The Great Orme Country Park Visitor Centre provides information about the site's rich past, wildlife, and geology. Additionally, the Bronze Age copper mines, St. Tudno's church, Llandudno's ski slope, and the historic pier are other notable attractions in the vicinity offering visitors plenty of options to indulge in North Wales's cultural and natural beauty. Show more

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