Inside the 'safest' seaside town in Britain that's 'like going back 50 years'

In Britain's "safest" seaside town, locals say it's like "going back 50 years". Overlooking Llandudno Bay, Llandudno is home to just under 20,000 people.

"Living here is like going back 50 years," says Ray, 80, who retired to this seaside town almost three decades ago. "The older ladies still dress nicely."

"You can go out for walks after dark. There are no rough gangs going around swearing and fighting."

The seafront is the centre of the town, with a two-mile stretch of Victorian terraces intertwined with grand hotels between the Great Orme and Little Orme headlands. There are also a number of beautiful shops, restaurants, churches, and museums to explore.

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The pier has a handful of slot machines and a pub overlooking the beach. Taking a ride on the Great Orme Tramway is also a popular pastime for visitors, which takes passengers to the tall limestone summit.

Near the Great Orme Copper Mines, there is also cable cars and, of course, the famous Great Orme goats, gifted to the town from Windsor Great Park by Queen Victoria. However, the herd has grown over the years and four were tragically killed on the A470 in April, reports North Wales Live.

Some observers fear they may cause more road accidents while many home owners are dismayed that they nibble their hedges and shrubs. "It's a beautiful place to live," says Helen Parkes, 37, who moved here two years ago from London with her husband and three children.

"We sometimes say it's like a holiday that never ends."

Crowds are drawn to Llandudno's sweeping promenade
Crowds are drawn to Llandudno's sweeping promenade -Credit:Hadyn Iball
These Kashmir goats normally live on Llandudno's Great Orme but come down into the town to feed as here at West Shore
These Kashmir goats normally live on Llandudno's Great Orme but come down into the town to feed as here at West Shore -Credit:David Powell

"It's lacking in terms of retail and culture but living here you do realise life's not all about spending." That said, a schoolboy recently honed his skills while busking on the streets of Llandudno.

Liz Westwood, 21, works at the Llandudno Pier Coffee Shop. "I came here from the Midlands, to live with my nan and, in a way, start again," she says.

"You've always got the beach and the mountains. I get on with people of all ages, but there are young people here if you want to find them."

Great Orme cable cars are popular
Great Orme cable cars are popular

Those wishing to visit Llandudno can get there via trains from Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham and London. The town has a wide variety of hotels, guesthouses and BandBs.

Recent events there have included the annual Victorian Extravaganza and several performances by Gandeys Circus on Bodafon Fields.

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