Two Hundred and Fifty Miles through North Wales: Day 8, Part 1

They describe Llandudno as ‘a very delightful place…unsurpassed by any watering place in the Kingdom, both for the beauty of it’s situation and its contributiories of sandy beach, rocky shore and broad towering cliffs’.  The ladies travel to Rhyl aboard the ‘Cambrian Bonny Princess’, pleasure boat.  The men leave Llandudno on the wagonette, as the weather turns miserably wet and unpleasant.

Gogarth Abbey Hotel & Hydro

DD/DM/1113- Advertisment for the Gogarth Abbey Hotel and Hydro, form the original diary 'Two hundred and fifty miles through North Wales on a wagonette'

Eighth Day

Monday 22nd September 1890

Llandudno to Colwyn Bay, Abergele and Rhyl

We are again awoke by the squawkers in an adjoining room and after breakfast prepare to bid goodbye to Llandudno.  It is a very delightful place which is I believe unsurpassed by any watering place in the Kingdom, both for it’s beauty of situation and its contributories of sandy beach, rocky shore and broad towering cliffs, also for its sea and mountain views.  Handsome terraces front the sea in a long curving line in their rear, Mostyn Street a wide street of shops cannot be excelled, an iron pier extends far out into the bay, and near the pier a fine pavilion, has been erected for concerts etc.  A broad esplanade a mile long follows the curve of the beach, on the esplanade the Queen of Romania has extensive apartments at the Marine Hotel.  She has been staying here some months, and made herself very popular with the Welsh people.

At 9.15 once more ready and off to Rhyl, this time under different conditions, our wives having decided to stay until one o’clock and have there by the pleasure boat Cambrian Bonnie Princess, Ellis and myself proceed along the promenade, when the rain coming on makes it very unpleasant.  We proceed on towards the “New Hydro” when we meet “Uncle Arthur” screwed up under an umbrella on the top of an omnibus; having plenty of room we turn back to the “Old Hydro” and pick up a friend of his Miss Selby who accompanies us on the journey.  The weather was miserably wet and unpleasant, under the circumstances “Uncle” done the amiable and made her as jolly as possible.  Our turning back somewhat delayed us, but we made up for the delay.  We soon pass the “New Hydro” where the gentlemen are very busy playing lawn tennis.

Records relating to Llandudno are held by Conwy Archive Service. More information about their holdings is available at

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