Alice in Wonderland
And Alice Liddell (the real Alice) in Llandudno
The Llandudno Connection
Llandudno is a seaside town in north Wales, and it lies on the peninsula between the Great Orme and the Little Orme. Originally a small mining and fishing village, it now typifies the traditional seaside resort, with a blue flag beach, donkey rides, Victorian pier, theatre, and funicular tramway. However, it also offers musicals and drama at the modern Venue Cymru, enclosed shopping, and a ski and snowboard centre.
The Hand-Made Dolls Connection
Muriel Ratcliffe, former owner of The Rabbit Hole on Trinity Square, loved the 'Alice' tales as a child. She and her husband hand-created life-sized models of characters such as Alice, the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter, and offered a 'journey down the Rabbit Hole into Wonderland', an indoor tour with life-sized animated displays of colourful scenes from the Alice story.
The Alice in Wonderland themed display closed in 2008, when Muriel Ratcliffe decided to retire.
However, in 2012, a Llandudno-based business team (Barry Mortlock, Simon Burrows and Eileen Burrows) bought the exhibits and models ... watch this space!
Porcelain Alice Doll
This handmade porclain doll was made by Muriel Ratcliff in Llandudno.