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Alice in Wonderland and Llandudno

The Hilary Guesthouse, Llandudno is the home of Nicol Thompson, Llandudno's Miss Alice 2011-2012.

Llandudno has always been very proud of its ‘Alice Connection’. In 1933 the Rt. Hon. David Lloyd George, the former Prime Minister and MP for Caernarfon visited Llandudno to unveil the famous "White Rabbit" memorial. This wonderful carved marble sculpture is situated at the end of the West Shore model boating lake.

There is also an ‘Alice Trail’ at Happy Valley on the slopes of The Great Orme. Sculptor Reece Ingram created the Alice Trail through the pine woods along the edges of the grassy park area.

The sculptures in oak denote different aspects and characters from the Alice in Wonderland stories. There are eight sculptures at Happy Valley:

Down The Rabbit Hole
A Mad Tea Party
King & Queen of Hearts
Rabbit’s Gloves and Fan
The 15th Door
The Cheshire Cat
Eat Me Cake
The Rabbit sends on a Little Bill

They are all good but particular favourites are the Cheshire Cat which looks as if it is ready to pounce at any minute, The Mad Tea Party table and stools and the majestic thrones of the King and Queen of Hearts which are sited in a sheltered area at the edge of the park overlooking the bay.

Every year a competition is held by Llandudno Town Council to select Llandudno’s Miss Alice. The duties of Miss Alice include public appearances at events held during the summer months, accompanying the Mayor on engagements such as hospital visits and taking part in events organised by Llandudno Town Council such as the Llandudno Fireworks and the Christmas Parade.

At The Hilary Guest House, we are extremely proud that our younger daughter, Katie, became Miss Alice 2013/2014 in when she was 8 and that our then 8 year old daughter, Nicol, was selected to be Miss Alice for 2011 – 2012.

Alice Liddell was the little girl who was the inspiration for Lewis Carroll to tell his classic stories, Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass.

In the Easter of 1861 Alice Liddell's family came to Llandudno to spend a holiday. Alice was the second of the five daughters of the Very Revd Dr Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church Oxford and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll’s real name) taught mathematics at Christ Church College at Oxford University.

Alice's Father purchased a piece of land and had a house built on Llandudno's beautiful West Shore. The family called the house Penmorfa and owned it for 11 years. Alice spent the summers of her childhood here until the house was sold in August 1872.