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The "Great Orme" could be considered a venue, even a resort in it's own right. Several roads and means of transport are available to the visitor: Probably the easiest way to get to the top is by Tram. This runs frequently during the summer season and takes you past the ancient copper mines (of which, more later), directly to the Visitor Centre. Here, you may take refreshments in the Summit Cafe, sample the fine beers and wines in "Turpins Bar" or just take in the breath-taking views of the Isle of Anglesey and Puffin Island. This centre may also be reached by car, should you prefer to drive. Another route onto the Orme is found by going around the rear of the "Grand Hotel". Turn left just after the Hotel and follow the road round. You will quickly arrive at the Cafe and toilets, which are adjacent to the "Happy Valley" area of the Orme. This area is a celebration of the Lewis Carrols' famous "Alice in Wonderland" story, and you may find the characters from these stories carved in solid wood dotted around the beautiful gardens. Further up this road, you eventually reach the "Ski & snowboard centre" Set some 415 feet above the sea, this has much more than the magnificent views and impressive ski slope to offer; You can enjoy the thrill of the Toboggan run, a round or two of "Alpine adventure golf" or dine in the impressive Alpine style licenced restaurant.
Also to be found on the Orme is what was, until the opening of toll motorway systems, the longest toll road in Britain. The toll is only a token amount but is more than made up for by the breath taking scenery as you drive along this original piece of heritage. I mentioned earlier, the Copper mines. No visit to the Great Orme would be complete without visiting this award-winning attraction. The tram stops here to allow visitors on/off. . It is the oldest metal mine open to the public in the World. With film shows, self-guided tours coffee shop and gift shop; you will find plenty to make your visit worthwhile. Before getting back on the Tram, you can see that there is an Historic Tramway exhibition here. This will give you an insight into the workings of the Tram and various systems, and is a "MUST SEE" attraction. If you are just taking a stroll, why not visit the "Haulfre Gardens" Here you will find a delightful tea room & terraced gardens as well as fabulous views over the Town of Llandudno and the West shore. Just turn left above the Tram station and follow the signs!
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