Slideshow: Riding the Great Orme Tramway in Llandudno, Wales


To reach the Great Orme Summit in Llandudno, Wales, you can walk, drive, take the aerial lift or ride the Great Orme Tramway, which has been in operation since 1902. When I was there in September, I opted for the 20-minute ride uphill on Britain’s lone surviving cable-hauled street tram (pictured above). You actually get to ride in an original Victorian car, which is pretty cool.

If you go roundtrip, you’ll get to ride in four different cars because you change cars at the halfway point. The halfway point is a good place to stretch your legs or pay a visit to the Great Orme Mines, which I did on the way down but that deserves it's own post.

When you get to the top, there's The Summit Complex, which encompasses a miniature golf course and a building that houses a bar, a restaurant and a gift shop. But I wasn't there to play mini golf and I didn't go inside the building, which has at different times been a telegram center, a golf club and a hotel. The real attraction up there is the vast views of the sea and hills. There are also lots of sheep up there but you can't get to close to them — I tried.

Here my photos from the tram ride up and the walk down, which seemed to be a good combination as the trek downhill wasn't bad at all.

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