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Progressive Palaeontology 2023 - Liverpool, UK: Field Trip – Great Orme, Llandudno

Year: 2023
Location: Liverpool, UK
Hosted By: University of Liverpool
Organised By: Samuel Cross (co-chair), Matthew Dempsey (co-chair), Amber Wood-Bailey (co-chair)
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Field Trip – Great Orme, Llandudno

“From the carboniferous oceans to the rise of urban civilisation - a crash course into the prehistory of North Wales”

Coach travel to Llandudno:
The coach will be arranged to pick up attendees at 8:30 AM by the Life Sciences Building. Travel is estimated to take up to two hours.

Great Orme Fossil Excursion:
Upon exiting the coach in Llandudno, we will walk to the Great Orme Summit Complex. Following this, attendees will be toured around key points of interest, and will be given a crash course in the geological history of the area. Attendees will then be able to forage for fossils at the Hill of Names quarry cutting.

Bronze Age Copper Mine:
We will then reconvene by the Great Orme Summit Complex for a lunch stop, where there is a café, bar, and gift shop. After lunch, there will be the option to visit the Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines. This will be optional part of the trip, as it requires paid entry, but attendees who decide to visit will be accompanied by a committee member. Admission is £10.50 per person, though this can be discounted to £9.50 if booking in groups of 15 or greater. More information: 
Visiting Llandudno:
Once the guided part of the trip has concluded, attendees will be given the option to explore the town of Llandudno before reconvening at the coach pickup site at 17:30. The coach will depart at 18:00. We expect to arrive back in Liverpool by around 20:00, but this will depend on traffic conditions.

More information:
Llandudno fossils:
Great Orme Mines:
Llandudno Gallery and Museum (£5.00 student entry):
The Great Orme’s summit can be traversed via a tramway and cable cars as well as on-foot. Note however that availability and prices for the tramway and cable cars may vary, and tickets cannot be pre-booked.

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