The Canine guide to Llandudno holiday cottages

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The Canine guide to Llandudno

Ed Roberts 08 September 2020

Llandudno is a traditional British seaside resort in North Wales; it’s also one of the oldest in the country. Located on the Creuddyn Peninsula, dominated by the dome-shaped landform Great Orme, Llandudno is also Wales’ largest holiday town. 

Characterised by its Victorian and Georgian-era buildings along the seafront and the pier, Llandudno is a wonderful place for a dog-friendly holiday, so bring your pup along to find out why, after all these years, this resort is still leading the way. Other local attractions include the Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines and Dingle Nature Reserve.

Llandudno is also within reasonable driving distance of Snowdonia National Park, Conwy Castle, Anglesey, the Menai Strait, and the Llyn Peninsula. Close to wild spots, long beaches and the gorgeous islands and coast, there are a whole heap of places for you and your four-legged buddy to explore. 

A view of Llandudno Pier from above, one of the biggest attractions in the Victorian seaside resort.

For this guide, we have compiled a few ideas for dog-friendly day trips, pet-friendly pubs and restaurants, and other places to add to your dog’s itinerary. Book one of our dog-friendly cottages in Llandudno to show just how much you love them.

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Top days out with dogs in Llandudno

Great Orme Country Park

A view of Llandudno Pier with the Great Orme limestone headland towering behind.

Rising straight out of the Irish Sea, the Great Orme limestone headland is 207 metres high. This country park is situated at the northern end of Llandudno within walking distance of the town centre. The Vikings called it ‘the sea monster’ and it’s been impressing visitors ever since. There is lots of room for your pet to run and play but be mindful of Great Orme’s famous local residents, the Kashmiri goats, so do exercise some caution and put your pet on a lead if you see them. The Great Orme is a designated country park, a Special Area of Conservation, Heritage Coast and an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and this is because of the rare species that live here like choughs and the silver-studded blue butterfly, which is only found here and nowhere else. There is a nature trail for you and your dog to explore that you can pick up at the Great Orme Country Park Visitor Centre.

Why your dog will love it: There are trails galore and it’s a great place to play, exercise and meet other dogs.

Great Orme Mines

A view of the Great Orme Bronze-year-old man-made cave system Age Copper Mines, a 4,000.

Digging holes! Dogs love digging holes and at the Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines, they can visit a massive one with you. Take a self-guided tour around this 4,000-year-old man-made cave system where ore was mined. It’s a place of immense archaeological importance that shows proof of civilised enterprise 2,000 years before the Romans invaded Great Britain. Uncovered in 1987, it’s a work in progress as cavers, engineers and scientists discover ever more passages. Your dog is welcome to come with you, but some sections have grilled walkways which are uncomfortable for some pets to travel over.

Why your dog will love it: Dogs simply love digging holes.

Llandudno Pier

Llandudno Pier from the beach with the sun setting over the sea.

Take a stroll with your canine companion along Llandudno Pier, which is the longest in Wales. Enjoy the bracing sea air and sit down to eat some seaside snacks like fish and chips, doughnuts or candyfloss. It’s a great sunny weather destination to enjoy exceptional views of the town, the bay and the Great Orme headland. Dogs are not permitted inside the pier buildings but the concession stallholders are always happy to see your chums and may even have a treat or two for them!

Why your dog will love it: It’s a lovely social spot and chances are your dog will get made a fuss of by the stallholders.

Top walkies in Llandudno

West Shore Beach

Dog walking along a beach on a clear day

West Shore Beach is a superb place to head to for games and play with the pup during your stay in Llandudno. West Shore is the best dog-friendly beach in Llandudno, although some zonal restrictions are applied during the summer months. Popular with dog walkers and visitors to Llandudno, West Shore is quieter than North Shore Beach, but you can take in the fantastic views across Colwyn Bay and enjoy the sunsets. Low tide reveals a wide expanse of sandy shoreline, making it a popular spot for kite enthusiasts.

Why your dog will love it: In the off season, it’s a great place for a dash!

Llandudno Promenade

Llandudno Promenade from above and a busy beach.

If you have an old dog, a small dog or a puppy, the Llandudno Promenade is one of the best places around for a gentle seaside stroll. The seafront is lined with places to eat and drink, benches to stop and rest, beach access and public loos for convenience. The views are magnificent and you can link up with the pier or catch a tram to the top of Great Orme to wrap up the walk.

Why your dog will love it: It’s the best place to see the real Llandudno from.

Dingle Nature Reserve

A bird sitting in a tree at Dingle Nature Reserve

A bit further afield is the Dingle Nature Reserve (5.5 miles) also known as Nant y Pandy. The 25-acre wooded valley has some lovely dog walking trails which are rich in wildlife. Many of the walkways are sealed pathways or boardwalks along which you will find curious sculptures, benches and picnic tables. The sculptures reflect the flora and fauna found in the wood. Dingle is also known for its carpets of bluebells that return each spring. Lovers of trees will bask in the variety – so look out for oak, ash, wild cherry, sweet chestnut, beech and Scots pines. Please keep your pet at heel and clean up after them!

Why your dog will love it: It’s a great place for scents and for meeting other dogs on the trail.

Top dog-friendly places to eat and drink in Llandudno

The King’s Head

A dog lying next to its owner in the pub.

The King's Head is the oldest pub in Llandudno, and welcomes dogs (yay!) In the colder months, there is a lovely roaring fire to sit next to with your hound whilst you sip on a pint or tuck into a plate of food. In the summer, there is an awesome garden with views of the bay and Great Orme. Other dog-friendly pubs in town include: The King’s Arms, The Snowdon, The Irish Bar, and The Queen Victoria.

Why your dog will love it: The pub garden is awesome and a great place to sprawl.

Randolph Turpin Bar and Captain’s Table

Dog sitting on the floor outside a pub.

At the summit of Great Orme, you will find sustenance at Randolph Turpin Bar and Captain’s Table. On a clear day, you can see views that stretch as far as Mount Snowdon and Anglesey. Enjoy a beer and something tasty from the specials board. It’s the perfect place to reward yourself after a fortifying walk to the top of Great Orme. Dogs are made to feel very welcome in the bar and through the pub.

Why your dog will love it: The views are spectacular and it’s a good place to rest after the climb.

Orme View Fish & Chip Shop

A plate of fish and chips with mushy peas.

It’s hard to find a dog that will wait patiently for a scrap of fish batter or a cold chip! So, why not seek out Orme View Fish & Chip Shop, one of Llandudno’s best chippys so you can enjoy the best views in town with your dearest and best. Fish and chips are a national treasure foodwise and there’s no better time to tuck in than when you are on holiday lapping up a picture-postcard view of the sea!

Why your dog will love it: Dogs love chips.

Our favourite pet-friendly cottages in Llandudno

Park Villa | Sleeps: 2 dogs plus 8 humans

A spacious cottage in Llandudno with a roomy dining room and lounge.

Bring the whole pack over to Llandudno and stay at Park Villa, a beautiful period house around the corner from Llandudno Bay beach. Complete with hot tub and spacious garden for the hounds, it’s an excellent spot in which to enjoy a holiday with extended family. Close to local highlights like Great Orme, Llandudno Pier and the Mostyn Gallery, this is a great pet-friendly place for all the family.

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Llandudno View | Sleeps: 4 dogs plus 8 humans 

Exterior image of Llandudno View as well as pictures of the living room, conservatory and a bedroom.

This spacious and comfortable cottage with sea views and an enclosed garden sleeps up to eight guests and four dogs. The ideal base for families or groups of friends exploring North Wales, Llandudno View is close to some of the region’s best beaches: West Shore and North Shore. Lovingly fitted and furnished, this is a true home from home for families, friends and four-pawed pals.

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More inspiration

If you would like to venture outside of Llandudno to see what else North Wales has to offer, read through our guides to discover even more brilliant places to visit on your dog-friendly holiday.

Stay in Llandudno

Llandudno Promenade and a quiet beach at high tide.

With so many dog-friendly places to visit and things to do in Llandudno to discover, it’s quite likely that you’ll want to spend a bit of time in the area! We have a whole range of dog-friendly holiday cottages where you and your pet will find features that are bound to make a holiday in Llandudno an experience to remember. Choose your perfect self-catering dog-friendly holiday cottage from our collection. Where will you stay?

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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