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A massive limestone peninsula extending into the Irish Sea, the Great Orme is an extraordinary place, encapsulating over 4000 years of history.

Managed as a country park, nature trail and heritage centre, the Great Orme peninsula has exhibits which highlight the natural history and wildlife of the area, this includes unusual species of butterflies and many species of birds. The grasslands above the cliffs support a wide variety of wildflowers. At its summit stands its famous Bronze Age mine complex and visitor centre.
.: The Wildlife of the Orme
The Country Park is much visited by naturalists, and is the habitat of several endangered species of butterflies including the Silky Wave, the Grayling and the Silver-studded Blue.
The cliffs play host to colonies of seabirds (such as Guillemots, Kittiwakes and Razorbills as well as Gulls) and also to Ravens and Little Owls. The Great Orme is also home to over 100 resident and migrant birds including Peregrine Falcons.
For over 100 years the Orme has been home to a constantly growing herd of over 150 Kashmiri Goats.
There are many species of wild flowers and shrubs on the Orme and the rarest is probably the ‘cotoneaster integerrimus’ which is unique to the Great Orme and grows only in its more remote corners
.: The Great Orme Mines
The Great Orme Prehistoric Copper Mine site forms one of the United Kingdom’s most important archaeological sites and is the largest Bronze Age mine in the world. On a tour, your group will be taken around the mines by one of their expert guides, who will be with you for the duration of your visit. After explaining the mines' history and showing a short film, your group will be taken underground to see the labyrinth of tunnels which were part of a vast industrial complex 4,000 years ago.
Although the tunnels you walk through are large enough to stand in, many tunnels leading off are so small that they could only have been mined by children, as young as 5 or 6 years. During the tour the group are encouraged to imagine what life would have been like for people living in the Bronze Age. One of the highlights is the Great Cavern, this chamber (pictured right) was excavated 3 ,500 years ago by miners using stone and bone tools, such as those pictured (left).
.: The Llandudno Tramway
The Great Orme is home to Britain’s only remaining cable operated street tramway, and one of only three surviving in the world. Operation of the Great Orme tramway differs from the famous and unique San Francisco system in that, like the Lisbon lines, it is a funicular, where the cars are stopped and started by activating the cable.
The line starts at the Victoria Station in Church Road, Llandudno, and is in two sections, passengers changing cars at the Halfway Station. The lower section climbs the very steep Old Road and then via Black Gate and Ty Gwyn Road to the Halfway Station and has a maximum grade of 1 in 4. The line climbs 400 feet in about half-a-mile. It was opened for passengers on July 31st 1902. The upper section, opened in 1903, is less steep and climbs 150 feet in about the same distance.

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