Picture of Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno

What's the attraction?
Operating since July 31 1902, it's the only cable-hauled tramway using British public roads, and one of just three surviving in the world.

What's on offer?
The open sided restored tramcars - each named after a saint - take you through the country park and nature reserve up to the 679ft Great Orme summit. Passengers change trams halfway up at the Halfway Station, where there's a funicular tramway exhibition.

How did you get there?
Llandudno's about 20 miles from Tal-y-Bont, Bangor. We drove along the A55, and followed the signs for Victoria Station, where we parked.

How long did you stay?
We arrived at 10.30am and stayed there until about 2pm. The journey is around a mile, and takes about 25 minutes each way. You can stay longer, as there's lots to do.

Did you take a brolly?
No, luckily we had a lovely day. On a cold day, I would recommend wearing warm clothes, as it's open - obviously - at the summit, and can get very windy.

What did you do there?
When we reached the top, we spent a few hours at the Summit Complex - a visitor centre, café, shop and a small amusement arcade. There was also a crazy golf course and a good play area for the children. Whilst the children spent some time playing on the slides and swings, I was able to enjoy the breathtaking views to Snowdonia. and Anglesey, Isle of Man, Blackpool and the Lake District. The headland also has rare Kashmir goats, two unique species of flowers, plus Bronze Age copper mines. Iron Age fort, Stone Age remains, and 6th century St Tudno's Church.

How much did it cost you?
An adult return ticket costs £6, with a child's ticket £4.20 and all families receive a 10% discount.

How about food and drink?
The summit cafe has meals and snacks, from sandwiches to hot meals. But as it was a lovely day, we opted for a picnic - there's plenty of space

Are there any shops?
In the summit gift shop I bought lovely postcards. showcasing the breathtaking views. The kids of course bought sweets. with their pocket money!

Is it ok for kids?
It's a great day out for kids - the journey on the tram is short, which is a good thing. They also loved the play area at the top, and could have easily stayed there all day. They also found the steep ride very exciting and adventurous.

Can people with disabilities get around?
Yes, however, changing trams halfway can be a bit of a hassle for disabled people. The tram accommodates two folding wheelchairs, or seats with additional legroom can be requested.

What were the best bits?
For me, certainly the breathtaking views at the top of the Orme. For the kids it was the tram ride and the play area.

Opening times?
Trams run daily 10am-6pm until late October, weather permitting. Great Orme tramway, Victoria Station, Church Walks, Llandudno (01492 577877, www.greatormetramway.co.uk )

 



Are dogs allowed?…

comment by keith - 21/08/2011 05:01


When we go on the great orme tram we opt to go one way ride up walk down to the ski lodge and enjoy a well deserved drink.…

comment by Chris Holdcroft - 07/05/2009 08:39


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