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.
Porcelain Alice Doll
This handmade porclain doll was made by Muriel Ratcliffe in Llandudno.