The Great Orme today has a number of interesting things.
Of course there’s the Cable Cars, the Tramway, and of course the Visitor Centre, but did you know that the Great Orme has (arguably) the remnants of the oldest settlement in the UK on it? There are Stone Age Ruins on the Great Orme, as well as Bronze Age Mines, as well as a series of wells that still provide clean drinking water to this day. In fact, a lot can be owed to the Great Orme as a tourist attraction, and a number of businesses and hotels in the region, including our beautiful seafront Bed and Breakfast in Llandudno is primed to offer excellent accommodation for all of those who wish to see what is to be seen at the Great Orme.
What exactly is there, though? Of course, there’s the Cable Cars, the Tramway, and of course the Visitor Centre, but did you know that the Great Orme has (arguably) the oldest settlement in the UK on it? There are Stone Age Ruins on the Great Orme, as well as Bronze Age Mines, as well as a series of wells that still provide clean drinking water to this day. In fact, a lot of interesting things can be seen in the Great Orme, and it’s only got better and better as a tourist attraction.
There’s a number of things which make the Great Orme a fantastic tourist attraction, namely the Great Orme having a few areas which are marked as sites of special scientific interest – an absolute rarity anywhere, one of a small number in North Wales.
There are a number of flowers such as the bloody cranesbill, sea campion, pyramidal orchid, and the spring squill which quite simply, don’t grow anywhere else (some attribute the Great Orme’s limestone the factor which permits life to these plants) as well as hosting a series of endangered animals, including the silky wave and star-studded blue butterflies.
The most famous of all the Great Orme’s animals are the 200 Kashmir goats, though. Having roamed the Orme since the middle of the 19th Century, these wild goats are very much a fixture of Llandudno. Originally presented to Queen Victoria by Shah of Persia, these goats are the signature animal of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
One of this regiment’s traditions is to select a goat from this very herd, and providing it passes inspection (and most likely, training!) it is given the role of a ranking soldier.
The Great Orme is also fantastic for families. You don’t have to gird yourself to climb the very steep landmass – in fact there’s a very fun tramway which runs up and down the Great Orme (and starts service again on the 25th of this month!) as well as the cable cars you can see zipping up and down the Great Orme from our beautiful seafront hotel in Llandudno.