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Wales' biggest seaside resort straddles a peninsula with long sandy beaches on either side. Developed as an upmarket holiday town for Victorian visitors, Llandudno still retains much of its 19th-century grandeur, with graceful wedding-cake architecture lining its sweeping waterfront promenade. Innumerable B&Bs and small private hotels cater to mainly mature-aged travellers in the low season, while young families descend with their buckets and spades in summer.

Alongside the lost-in-time charms of the British seaside (pier, promenade, Punch and Judy shows), Llandudno's main attraction is the near-wilderness of the Great Orme on its doorstep, a striking, rough-hewn headland offering breathtaking views of Snowdonia and miles of trails.

A slim connection to Alice in Wonderland (Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's fictional Alice, used to holiday here with her family) accounts for statues of the book’s characters around the town, linked by a trail marked with 55 bronze rabbit footprints.

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