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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The oldest public park in the Conwy region
Happy Valley is the oldest public park in the Conwy region. It stands in a sheltered fold of the land on the eastern slopes of the Great Orme, above Llandudno. The site was originally a quarry, but in 1887 Lord Mostyn donated the site to the town of Llandudno to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.
The quarry was landscaped and planted with a lovely selection of specimen trees, and opened to the public as a recreational area. To mark the opening of the park a large and ornate drinking fountain was erected in the park, decorated with a sculpture of the queen.
Just beyond the memorial fountain is a druidic stone circle built in 1962 when Llandudno hosted the National Eisteddfod, a celebration of Welsh culture and heritage.
Another, much older, attraction is a camera obscura, built in 1890 and recently restored. The camera obscura offers panoramic views over Great Orme and the surrounding area. Nearby runs the aerial cable car, at over a mile between top and bottom this is the longest gondola lift in the country.
The gardens are beautifully landscaped, and an excellent example of a mainly Victorian public park. Near the shore is an informal garden area with a refreshment pavilion and entertainment centre. At the top is a popular ski centre and toboggan run, while further up the hillside just outside the park, is an Iron Age hillfort.
About Happy Valley
Address: Great Orme, Llandudno, Gwynedd, Wales, LL30 2ND
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: By the pier and lower end of the cable car run in Llandudno
Photo Credit: Jeff Buck, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Llandudno Museum and Art Gallery - 0.4 miles (Museum)
Great Orme Copper Mines - 0.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Deganwy Castle - 2.2 miles (Castle)
Bodysgallen Hall - 2.4 miles (Garden)
Conwy Town Walls - 3.2 miles (Historic Building)
Conwy, St Mary's and All Saints Church - 3.4 miles (Historic Church)
Teapot World (Teapot Museum) - 3.4 miles (Museum)
Aberconwy House - 3.4 miles (Historic House)
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