The Llandudno Cable Car system is the longest in Great Britain and has been taking passengers up and down the Great Orme since 1969! A ride on the cable car is one of the best things to do in Llandudno, so if you’re keen to visit, here is some useful information to know before you travel…

How much is the Llandudno Cable Car?

At the time of publishing a round trip on the Llandudno Cable Car costs £11 per adult and a single journey is £10.50, so given the 50p difference it makes sense to opt for a return fare. Currently they only accept cash so be sure to bring it with you before you arrive or you’ll have to head back into the town to find a cashpoint.

Do you have to take both cable car journey’s at the same time?

We paid £10.50 at the bottom, retained our proof of payment and paid 50p for the return journey at the booth when we were ready to leave. When you initially pay, it would be wise to ask what time the last journey down will be as the times may vary – as a guide when we visited they stated around 2pm.

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How long is the Llandudno Cable Car?

The Llandudno Cable Car is the longest cable car system in Great Britain spanning over a mile in length with a journey time of around 9 minutes each way.

Llandudno Cable Car view over Happy Valley and town

How high does the Llandudno Cable Car go?

The highest point of the Llandudno Cable Car is about 25 metres (over 80 feet) off the ground. The initial climb is fairly steep, with a beautiful view of the sea and pier. The Cable Car then levels off as the ground below falls away to reveal panoramic views of the town and coastline over an area called Happy Valley. Towards the middle and end of the journey as you approach the summit the incline is quite gentle.

If you have a fear of heights you may prefer a ride on the Great Orme Tramway instead which takes a similar route through the streets up to the summit.

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When does the Llandudno Cable Car open and close?

The Llandudno Cable Car opening and closing times vary, and whether it’s able to open at all depends on the weather, but you can check before you travel by contacting them on the telephone. If conditions are unfavourable (such as gusty winds or inclement weather) then it won’t be able to operate or it may be forced to close early.

The Great Orme viewed from Llandudno Pier
The Great Orme viewed from Llandudno Pier

Visiting in the summer on a calm and settled day will give you the greatest chance of it being open, and also the best experience for the views. The Cable Car operations are seasonal, this year it opened on the 17th May and is due to close for the winter on the 31st October.

What is there to do at the top of the Great Orme?

The Summit Complex contains a gift shop, themed bar and cafe, and outdoors there’s also a mini golf course and children’s play park. Some people drive up to the summit and bring their deck chairs, or pack a picnic to sit on the grass and admire the sea views and coastline.

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Visiting Portmeirion, the pretty Italian-style village

Is there parking near the Llandudno Cable Car?

The Happy Valley Car Park is at the base of the Great Orme and costs £3.70 for 4 hours or £5.20 for over 4 hours in the summer during the day. The car park is also conveniently close to Llandudno Pier and Marine Drive, a scenic toll round around the edge of the Great Orme.

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