The Tour of Britain 2021 is coming to Conwy this September, as riders take on a 210km route through parts of Wales for the first time in modern Tour history.
Starting in Cornwall on Sunday, September 5, more than 100 of the world’s best cyclists will embark upon eight days of intense racing for the Tour of Britain 2021.
Stage Four of the UK’s leading multi-stage UCI ProSeries cycling race will see riders race from Aberaeron to Llandudno, passing through many of North Wales’s most popular attractions en route.
Riders will encounter a challenging ending to the Queen stage of the 2021 Tour of Britain, racing through the Snowdonia National Park before taking on the ŠKODA King of the Mountains ascent of the Great Orme’s Marine Drive toll road.
Finally, the cyclists will tackle the 1.9km, 9.8% average climb that runs parallel to the famous tramway up to the finish line at approximately 3.45pm on Wednesday, September 8.
Here’s everything you need to know about visiting the Conwy and Llandudno locations for the upcoming Tour of Britain.
How to visit the Tour of Britain 2021 Stage Four locations
The route for Stage Four will see riders pass through locations including Ceredigion, Aberystwyth, Barmouth, Llanwrst, Trefriw, Dolgarrog, Conwy and Llandudno.
Here’s how you can visit some of the key Tour of Britain 2021 locations.
The popular town of Llandudno is the largest seaside resort town in Wales, renowned as being the “Queen of the Welsh Resorts.”
And with a long promenade overlooked by rows of Victorian buildings, an award-winning pier, two sandy beaches and spectacular views of the Great Orme headland, it’s not hard to see why.
The destination also features a variety of shops, restaurants and a wide range of year-round entertainment, activities and events for all the family.
The good news for those hoping to visit Llandudno from Conwy is that it takes less than 15 minutes to drive there, or less than half an hour via public transport.
Alternatively, if you want to truly experience the spirit of the Tour of Britain, you can cycle from Conwy to Llandudno Promenade in a 4.5-mile route.
Great Orme Tramway
The Great Orme in Llandudno is a famous attraction in its own right and is definitely well worth a visit during your stay in nearby Conwy. There’s a museum, a nature reserve that’s home to endangered species of plants and animals and even Bronze Age caves to explore.
Jutting out into the Irish Sea, the Great Orme is 679-feet high, covering an area of around two square miles and offering unrivalled views of Llandudno Bay. On a clear day, you can even see all the way to the Isle of Man.
If you don’t fancy the hike, you can ride a cable car (£10 adult return) from Happy Valley to the top of the Great Orme between March and October, or opt for a ride on the famous Great Orme Tramway for £7.50 each between late March and late October.
The Tramway is located at the base of the Great Orme, just a 15-minute walk from Llandudno Promenade.
The cyclists will pass through the walled market town of Conwy on their way to Llandudno and the Great Orme finish line.
Conwy is famous for its medieval castle, the smallest house in Great Britain and the stunning coastal views from Conwy Quay. The Conwy Town Walls, originally part of the castle’s defences, now provide an elevated pathway around the town, giving visitors a great overall view of the area.
A walk around the walls is free, but if you want to visit the castle, a fee of £8.95 per adult, £5.80 for under-16s and OAPs or £26.60 for a family ticket is applicable.
Snowdonia National Park
Famed for its rugged landscapes, breathtaking scenery and of course Wales’ highest mountain, Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), Snowdonia National Park is a must-see for any visitor to the area.
The outdoor adventure capital of North Wales is easily accessible from Conwy by car in under half an hour via the A470, or you can take a train or bus if you’re happy for a walk on either side of the journey.
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