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Llanddulas from cefn-yr-ogof.jpg
Llanddulas from Cefn-yr-Ogof
Llanddulas is located in Conwy
Location within Conwy
Population1,542 (2011)
OS grid referenceSH906781
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLL22
Dialling code01492
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
53°17′20″N 3°38′28″W / 53.289°N 3.641°W / 53.289; -3.641Coordinates: 53°17′20″N 3°38′28″W / 53.289°N 3.641°W / 53.289; -3.641
River Dulas at Rhyd y Foel
Plaque at Northern Towers
Another of the plaques

Llanddulas is a village in Conwy county borough, Wales, midway between Old Colwyn and Abergele and next to the North Wales Expressway in the community of Llanddulas and Rhyd-y-Foel. The village lies beneath the limestone hill of Cefn-yr-Ogof (670 ft). This hill has large caves, and quarrying of limestone was formerly the main industry of the village, with crushed stone being exported from the 200 m long jetty.

According to figures from the 2011 census, Llanddulas, combined with nearby village Rhyd y Foel, had a population of 1,542, with around 23% of the population having some knowledge of the Welsh language.[1]

Llanddulas is notable as being the place where Richard II was betrayed in 1399.[2] and is also the birthplace of Lewis Valentine. Between 1889 and 1952 the village had its own railway station.

According to legend, a cave on the mountain of Pen y Cefn was once the abode of the Devil, until the people of Llanddulas performed an exorcism at the cave to drive him away.[3] Llanddulas Limestone and Gwrych Castle Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

In February 1990 a storm and high tide caused extensive flooding to the east of here, especially at Towyn and Kinmel Bay.[4][5] New coastal defence works were built along 7 miles of coast from Old Colwyn to the River Clwyd. At Llanddulas these consist of Dolos concrete

At Northern Towers, a gateway to Gwrych Castle, a battle is commemorated with four plaques. (See photograph bottom of page).

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Llanddulas and Rhyd y Foel 2001 Key Statistics" (PDF). Conwy County Borough Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2007.
  2. ^ Black, Adam and Black, Charles (1857) Black's Picturesque Guide to North Wales, Adam and Charles Black (Edinburgh, 1857) p.32
  3. ^ Ash, Russell (1973). Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Reader's Digest Association Limited. p. 392. ISBN 9780340165973.
  4. ^ Powell, David (27 April 2013). "Moments that Shocked North Wales: Towyn Floods". northwales.
  5. ^ "Coastal Flooding in Towyn 1990 - UK Floods-Case studies of causes and effects and flooding policies". sites.google.com.

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