Recently for my birthday we spent a week in Llandudno, Wales (and there will be lots of posts coming up about the many things we did whilst based there). On our first day of wandering around the town we came across the below sculpture of the Queen of Hearts from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. It was here that I learned that Alice Liddell – the real life inspiration for Carroll’s heroine – spent many summers with her family in Llandudno and her adventures there served as inspiration for many aspects of the books.
We didn’t have time to track down every Alice connection but I did pop into the Tourist Centre and purchase a map (£2.99 – there’s also an app for I think the same price) so that we could at least track down some of the major statues. Alice herself is just outside the railway station – the real Alice first visited Llandudno in 1861 when she was 8 years old.
The White Rabbit is in the centre of Llandudno and may have been inspired by the real Alice’s father, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, who was apparently always running late.
The only other sculptures we sought out were those of Tweedledum and Tweedledee up a steep path in Haulfre Gardens which also gave a good perspective on the town below.
And of course we went to see the Mad Hatter on the Promenade.
An interesting diversion it’s a fun way of exploring parts of the town you might not otherwise visit. You can find more photos here.