Nestled on the slopes of a limestone headland in Llandudno in North Wales, is the Great Orme Tramway. An engineering marvel of its era, this cable car system is one of three cable car systems in the world, where 'cable cars' operate on city roads. The other two are in San Francisco (USA) and Lisbon (Portugal). This tramway is one of the main reasons why tourists flock to Llandudno every year, the other reasons being the town's beaches, sunny climate and Victorian atmosphere. The touristy nature of the town means that one will find numerous bed and breakfast boutiques and hotels in Llandudno.
The Llandudno Tramway
The Great Orme Tramway is also known as the 'Llandudno Tramway'. In the mid-nineteenth century when Llandudno was being developed for tourism, it was sensed that the summit of the Great Orme would make a good tourist attraction. As the steep slopes of the limestone headland made climbing difficult, it was decided to build a tram system to help people reach the top of the Great Orme. This decision was welcomed by owners of bed and breakfast boutiques and hotels in Llandudno, who felt that the construction of a cable tramway would boost tourism.
In early 1901, the first bricks for the construction of this tramway were laid. After about fifteen months, the construction was complete and the tramway was deemed safe for public use. The Llandudno Tramway was inaugurated on 31st July 1902, as a local band proudly played the national anthem. The tramway was a great boon to the tourist industry in Llandudno, enabling tourists from hotels in Llandudno to glimpse picturesque views of the Irish Sea, even if they were disabled or physically infirm.
Today, the Great Orme Tramway is the only funicular tramway in Great Britain that is hauled by a cable. Most tramways don't have cables. The Llandudno tramway, on the other hand, has cars which are permanently fixed to a cable. These cars are moved by starting and stopping the cable. Trams run every 20 minutes.
The Space Boutique B&B is a comfortable hotel in Llandudno, located a short walk away from the Great Orme Tram station. The staff at this hotel in Llandudno is committed to ensuring a warm and friendly stay for all guests. Over the years, our hotel in Llandudno has developed an outstanding reputation, featuring in leading national newspapers, such as The Guardian.
Space Boutique is one of the leading bed and breakfast boutiques and can be contacted on 01492 818198.