Evans Hotel
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This was one of the earliest buildings in the area of Llandudno north of the rail station. Its windows faced towards Snowdonia, exploiting the view over the lowland which was obscured by later buildings. The hotel was named after one of its earliest owners, possibly its founder. It retained the name when others adopted new names, often to suggest grandeur and links with aristocracy and empire.

Note the hotel's name in the ornate ironwork on the porch. Even the apostrophe was wrought and attached to the framework. Originally the title here was Evans's Hotel but the second "s" has been removed, leaving the gap you can see in the photo. During the Second World War the Evans Hotel was earmarked for use by the security service, MI5, to hide some of Britain's top double agents, part of the country's biggest wartime intelligence network.

Cyril Bertram MillsAn operation codenamed "Mr Mills' Circus" was named after the senior MI5 officer in charge, Cyril Bertram Mills (pictured), whose family ran the Bertram Mills Circus.

read more › Gwledd Conwy Feast is one of the two biggest festivals in Wales and the most perfectly placed. The Llandudno Extravaganza, a Victorian Festival is returning once again this May Bank Holiday. Enjoy cultural entertainment and stroll around more than 130 stalls right in the centre of Llandudno every November. A Static light show and photo shoot at the Evans Hotel for those that wish to show off their lights. Calon Promotions in association with Shades of Soul Ltd and with the kind permission of Mostyn Estates Ltd, are delighted to announce the inaugural Llandudno Jazz Festival.

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