The Great Orme is noted for its rich Flora, and is even home to some rare species of butterfly and flowers, while the sheer cliffs provide the perfect home for a variety of seabirds.
The Marine drive encircles the perimeter of the Orme and provides a fantastic view of the Great Orme up close and breath taking views of the ocean. The most notable feature of the Great Orme is probably one of the most significant copper mines of the Bronze Age. The Great Orme mines are the largest pre-historic mines so far discovered in the world, and engineers, cavers and archaeologists have slowly been uncovering even more. Abandoned over 600BC with evidence of Roman influence, the mines have been subsequently reopened and closed a number of times, the mines are currently open and offer fee-paying visitors to come and re-explore the wonders carved out thousands of years ago, tours are available to be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages, and allows you to experience the harsh conditions faced by prehistoric ancestors who carved out the mine with nothing more than stone and bone tools.
The copper mining village of Tyn-Y-Coed lies closely to the mine and provides an incredible view of Llandudno and the little Orme, a similar but smaller limestone headland, lying across on the other side of the town.
For those visiting Llandudno and looking for local affordable seafront accommodation The Imperial Hotel in Llandudno could be just what you are looking for. Conveniently located on the seafront next to the Venue Cymru (perfect for those wanting to catch a show). The Imperial offers Bed and Breakfast accommodation the suit individual budgets. Call today to find out about their special offers: 01492 877466