Llandudno, United Kingdom
When to go
Llandudno is at its brightest from May to October, when the typical Welsh rain eases off. However, with skiing and snowboarding available nearby, the winter months can be action-packed and the scenery takes on atmospheric hues. In May you can travel back in time with the Victorian Extravaganza Festival – a cheerfully camp two days of parades, carnival rides and costumes of dubious historical accuracy.
PlanesLiverpool and Manchester are the closest international hubs to Llandudno, an hour and a half away. London Heathrow and Gatwick airports offer a larger selection of transatlantic and intercontinental flights, but both are a four to five-hour drive from Llandudno.
TrainsLlandudno Station is at the centre of town and can be reached direct from London (three and a half hours), Liverpool (two hours), Birmingham (three hours) and Manchester (two hours). From Llandudno you can travel around scenic areas of Wales using Arriva Trains Wales, with a train service direct from Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
AutomobilesIt’s a long four-hour drive from London to Llandudno, but you may be glad to have a car when you arrive; Wales’ flora and fauna make every journey jaw dropping. Liverpool and Manchester are a breezy 90-minute drive away, via the A55; driving from Birmingham via the M6 will take about two and a half hours.