Alice in Wonderland
And Alice Liddell (the real Alice) in Llandudno
Where it all Started
'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' is a fictional novel published in 1865 by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, using the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. The author wrote a sequel, six years later (1871), titled 'Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There'.
The Hotel Connection
St Tudno Hotel's connection with the books began when Alice Liddell, the inspiration for the 'Alice' character in the books, stayed in Llandudno in 1861. She was eight years old, and on holiday with her family when Charles Lutwidge Dodson (Lewis Carroll) visited the family. The census for that year (population 318) shows the Liddell family residing at what is now the St Tudno Hotel - and it is the only remaining Llandudno property with such an illustrious connection.
Alice Liddell's father was the dean of Christ Church, Oxford. He and his new bride honeymooned in Llandudno, and after several other family holidays, they decided to build a family home just below the Great Orme; it was named Penmorfa.
Once out of Liddell family ownership in 1873, the building had a chequered life, being developed as the Gogarth Abbey Hotel, then converted into flats, and after some years of abandonment was finally pulled down in 2008.
Why not try our 'Alice Afternoon Tea' - one of the hotel's line of award-winning afternoon teas.