As well as being one of the prettiest seaside resorts in the UK, Llandudno is a must visit for all fans of Alice in Wonderland. The town is full of references to the classic story, from wooden sculptures that make up part of the Alice trail, to a wonderful Alice themed ice cream parlour, ‘The Looking Glass’ that has lots of weird and wonderful flavours of ice cream ( rice pudding with jam flavour anyone?) and stunning Alice decorations. For fans of Alice, Llandudno is heaven.
Why the Alice connection? Well this all stems from the childhood of Alice Liddle, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s heroine. When she was eight years old, Alice spent a Summer holiday in Llandudno, one which then led to many happy summer’s in the resort. Her holiday home ‘Penmorfa’, was built on Llandudno’s West Shore and remained there until it was pulled down in 2008, and it is speculated that Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll may have visited the family there during some of those summers, and that at least part of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland may have been written in the resort.
So, there is definitely a strong Alice connection, which you can enjoy through a series of town trails. The wooden sculptures in particular are lovely, you can pick up a map at the tourist information centre, or can download one through the App Store and Google play. I didn’t find them all, due to only being in Llandudno for a short while, but did manage to track down Alice, The Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit, and will definitely be heading back to find the rest at a later date.
There are other sculptures and statues that you can look for as part of the trail (you can check them out here), but you must finish your trail with a trip to The Looking Glass. Glorious ice cream, crepes and milkshakes, as well as lots of lovely Alice style decor makes this a must visit when in Llandudno, it is one of those places where you can chill and enjoy fabulous ice cream , and your eyes can keep noticing different Alice related objects, like tea cups hanging from the ceiling. Curiouser and Curiouser indeed!