Great Orme
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  • karen
    131 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    car park rage !!!
    what is going on with the car parking around this place and just north wales in general why no tier system ? one parking charge £4.70 allday . we don't want allday an hour or so enough why no cheaper rate . pay in coins sorry rarely carry cash its 2023!! OK no problem no loose change pay by a app .... yea try downloading the app with no phone signal ! we stopped for 5 mins to quickly admire the view if we receive parking bill theough post we won't be paying.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Luke-n-LauraB
    St. Helier, United Kingdom545 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cool place
    We loved it! It was a great way to spend the morning exploring the orme and it's sights. The views are great, the history is great, and the fossils are great. We even explored the WWII base down on the west side, awesome morning out!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Flipper38
    57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant
    Went to the Great Orme on the 25th July. Had the Great Orme explorer it was the open top bus. A wonderful day sun shining, half way up the Orme I was lucky to see one of the cashmere goats. Further up the tram was jus passing by that was so lovely to see. When the bus stopped at the top I couldn't believe the beautiful views, absolutely stunning. There was so many people there taking videos, pictures. Called into the gift shop after taking some memorable pictures to keep of such a lovely day.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 1, 2023
  • SandraJ
    Whitchurch, United Kingdom85 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    We used the tramway to go up and down as it was very steep! Had to queue for 30-40 mins but still glad that we did. Very windy when we got to the top but the restaurant was warm and served a good selection of meals. Views were great too!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • RealityCheck2013
    Bristol, United Kingdom877 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning view
    We drove to the the top of Great orme via a toll road which is £4.50 and near the grand Hotel end, you can dive up there another way from the town centre that follows the train line to the top which has no fee. The drive is nice with great views as travel, caution with cars coming down but must of the journey is one way. At the summit the view is fantastic , there is a car park and cafe at the top.and a charge for parking. Interesting items to rad about the history
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Rebecca P
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breath taking
    One of my most favourite places in North Wales! Such a beautiful walk with stunning views. There's a cafe on top of the great Orme and a tram to help you up. Also a bus you can get up too. There's a park at the top for the kids. It's kept clean, there is a little hut type thing where you can get information and also the history of the great Orme. It all reall is a treat!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Resort10052992052
    Bristol, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking views
    We did the little train around the lower half of the Orme & part of town one day-beautiful scenery & interesting detail in the commentary. The following day we took the tramway all the way to the top, breathtaking views & well worth the wait. Don’t be put off by the queues - the Trams run regularly. There are trams to the halfway point, then you get off & walk a short distance ( there is a toilet here) and get on the next tram which takes you to the top. It was gusty winds the day we went so be prepared! Lovely restaurant & shop here. Well worth a visit & exciting for all
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Daniel B
    Bolton, United Kingdom307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional views, seen from a Sightseeing bus tout with a very friendly driver at a very good price!
    Exceptional views, seen from a Sightseeing bus tout with a very friendly driver at a very good price. The place at the top near the visitor center was very busy, which is to be expected at this time of the year. I highly recommend to see the Great Orme at least once in your life, especially on the Sightseeing bus tour, which offers the best deal really as one can hop on hop off throughout the day.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 28, 2023
  • chicf1
    Cradley Heath, United Kingdom71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous!
    On a recent break in North Wales we made a trip to Llandudno for the day to go up Great Orme and I can't tell you how glad I am that we did! We went up via the tram which made for an incredibly scenic journey and were greeted to some absolutely fantastic views at the top. Due to some lovely weather (and it just about still being the summer holidays when we visited) it was fairly crowded at the top but with a little bit of off path walking we found plenty of open space where it was quieter and less crowded. We visited the café at the top however decided not to eat here due to it being so busy, we were pleasantly surprised to find the prices were very reasonable in there though. We made a stop to the visitor's centre and the Bronze Age Mine whilst up there, really enjoyable and inexpensive way to spend half a day.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Cheryl S
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great panoramic views
    Great panoramic views. Weather amazing so we walked down. Plenty of paths to chose a route and so nice to stop along the way to absorb the beauty. Gift shop stocked well and prices better than in the town for souvenirs.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
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Agnello G
42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I drove the Maritime drive toll road and visited the summit. Some lovely views from the summit; we got to witness a lovely sunset. We visited the restaurant, canteen would be more accurate though, standard fare as you would expect, food under light bulbs and sandwiches in the fridge, maybe not the best the best value for larger groups and families. There is a bizarre run down looking bar which seemed to attract zero business and also the largest collect of tourist information leaflets that you have ever seen as well as an impressive but strangely irrelevant collection of Alien and Predator sculptures. Odd to say the least.
Written January 2, 2020
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waterbabe16
Worcestershire62 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Enjoyed the experience but on a hot day the one and half hour queue was uncomfortable. Did not help that toilet facilities on site had been condemned. To be fair a kind lady attendant did walk through the queue advising estimated wait time and kept us informed, promising to get us sat on the station platform as soon as possible. Max number of passengers on each team reduced to 24 due to Covid restrictions. Tickets can only be purchased at the town end of line not from top.
Written August 5, 2021
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A G
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
Cash only on the cable car, prepare to queue, it's worth it though, 2 adults per cable car but the ride up is lovely. Amazing views at the top- just breathtaking! A game of crazy golf at the top is now our tradition. Lots of fun at any age. All the staff are nice and friendly. If you like ice cream get one at the bottom of the Great Orme in the cafe, it's the best ice cream I've ever tasted! 😊 Don't forget to the mines, so interesting!
Written September 2, 2020
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Chris H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Dog friendly cafe at the top of the Orme, with crazy golf as a new attraction if a little expensive at £5 each. If you pay to go up the toll road remember you do not have to pay to park as well, your toll ticket includes this. Great play area for children which is free. There are usually grazing livestock around so keep your dog on a lead. Great area for small kite flying or bubbles just blow themselves in the breeze. Take a top layer cos it can be very blowy up there or cream up in the summer months.
Written September 20, 2020
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Crazeecatz
Somerset172 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Drove up to The Great Orme, twisty roads but great views. Didn't get the tram, it looked too busy. Got to the top it was really busy, we really only wanted to stay a little while but the car park did not cater for an hour or two, minimum payment was around £5.20 I think (we still paid though). Thought about going on the cable car but could not see pricing for it, also not sure if you could get a return and come straight back or have to queue at the other end, the queue was quite long. Someone also told us that if the weather changes or gets windy etc it can stop at any time, so you could be stuck at the top or bottom, therefore in the end we didn't bother. Great views but very busy, queues for everything.
Written July 4, 2021
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Fivestarsalltheway
Gloucestershire, UK1,760 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Third visit to North Wales our friend drove us around Llandudno and then onto the Great Orme. We drove first upto the toboggan run area & dry ski slope. Great fun for families & teenagers. Lovely Austrian ski lodge set up as a cafe / bar. We left there looking at pretty gardens on the way down. Then we ventured on the road that wrapped around the outside of the rock and visited the highest peek with a huge carpark / cafe full of cars and people. We stopped to let our dogs have run and drove carefully down hill noting the local mine on the way. We then visited the other cafe which looked out to the West, the Isle of Man could be seen as it was a clear day. Coffee was superb, sadly no toilets available which is rather tricky when they serve drinks. Little social distancing was in place, masks were worn. We carried on our journey spying the white mountain goats on the top of the great Orme. We finished our journey with a walk on the nearest beach with the dogs. Great views. Stunning scenery. Lots of walks. Cafes. Peaceful and tranquil.
Written August 23, 2020
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Neil J B
Crewe, UK281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Have been up the Orme loads of times over the years, but the views are always great on a clear day.
The Summit complex is worth a look, and the wildlife centre is very informative for wildlife and the area in general.
If you use the road to get up there is a small toll charge for cars and motorbikes, and the road is narrow and twisty, but take your time and it's fine. You can walk up but it's quite a hike but nice if you walk through the Happy Valley part. Or of course the tram.
Written January 3, 2020
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gajones755
Bangor, UK18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Stunning scenery and wildlife, particulary the botanical side but the human elements in my opinion scar the place, especially the ski slope attraction. Doesn't take much imagination to conjour up the scenario in the local council chamber back in the day. 'Llandudno needs attractions like this so we don't just attract fuddy duddies. All year round attractions, jobs, 21st Century etc. There's plenty of wildlife up there, some just has to move over a bit.'

The cable car building in the Happy Valley looks Stalinist, the centre on top not much better. And weirdly, the cable car doesn't run on windy days i.e. most days.

Refreshingly, there's a lot more talk these days about the need to take landscape and biodiversity issues more seriously. In my experience however, councillors are pretty ambivalent when it comes to wildlife, unlikely to know the difference between a hare and a harebell and few LAs have knowledgeable specialist ecology staff who can say 'Hang on a minute.' So this mini rant is about sensitivity, not spoiling the ship for a ha'pworth of tar and all that. Much as appealing to the masses wins votes, some places are so special they should always remain sacred.
Written August 17, 2021
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Calvin
355 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Excellent drive up and nice views. Make sure you pick good weather to enjoy the views. On the top of the great orme there is access to a paid car park, cafe and toilets. The bar was closed.

Overall, nice views.
Written July 30, 2021
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Daniel B
Bolton, UK307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Exceptional views, seen from a Sightseeing bus tout with a very friendly driver at a very good price. The place at the top near the visitor center was very busy, which is to be expected at this time of the year. I highly recommend to see the Great Orme at least once in your life, especially on the Sightseeing bus tour, which offers the best deal really as one can hop on hop off throughout the day.
Written August 28, 2023
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