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Betws-y-Coed City Guide

Betws –y-Coed literally means ‘the prayer house in the woods’ and this pretty village certainly offers those who seek to be surrounded by natural beauty of an almost mystical grandeur exactly what they are looking for. The village is better known as ‘the gateway to Snowdonia’ and it certainly offers a triumphant introduction to the joys to come.

Since Victorian times the village has been the most popular inland resort of Wales, thanks to its adoption by painters enamoured of the beautiful surroundings. The railways heightened its popular appeal and today tourists and holiday makers easily outnumber locals, and it seems that one in every two buildings is a charming hotel or welcoming guesthouse. Yet this hasn’t in any ways diminished the charms of BYC, as you may hear it referred to. It still has that rare ability to truly inspire.

If you're looking for somewhere to stay that has an almost Alpine then the small but busy stone village of Betws-y-Coed has many reasons to command your attention. Its picture postcard beauty is reflected in the river that drifts through it, and the rich verdant greens of the Gwydyr Forest provide the ideal backdrop. Walk just outside the village and you’ll reach the dramatic confluence of three rivers and their respective valleys:  the Llugwy, the Conwy and the Lledr.

Rivers and Bridges

One of the many joys of visiting Betws-y-Coed is to wander lazily along the paths of the meandering rivers and to marvel at the grandiose bridges that span them. Crossing the bridges is like connecting with the history of the area: the 32 metre Waterloo Bridge was constructed from iron in the year of the famous battle (1815), whilst the nearby Sapper’s Bridge commemorates engineers of more recent wars. The 15th Century stone bridge Pont-y-Pair means ‘bridge of the cauldron’ and spans the rapids of the Llugwy. A mile downstream Miner’s Bridge celebrates the strong historical influence that mining has played in this area.

Outdoor Activities

Fringed by forest, and with the Snowdonia National Park beckoning in the background, this is an outdoor lover’s paradise.  The picturesque Llyn Elsi reservoir nearby is popular with both walkers and anglers, whilst hillwalking is in plentiful supply in an area that boasts magnificent mountainous terrain. The highest peak nearby, which is also the highest point in England and Wales, is Snowdon at 3,560 feet, but there are 13 other peaks that top 3,000 feet to set your sights on too.

Mountain biking, rock climbing, zip-lining, tree-top trails, power-boating, abseiling, abandoned mine exploring and many other exhilarating pursuits are all available nearby for the thrill seekers, whilst golf, pony treks and canoeing provide slightly gentler alternatives.

For Families

There’s plenty for the kids too in and around Betws-y-Coed. The famous train up Snowdonia is a child-friendly way to conquer the mountain, Castle Conwy is just one of many atmospheric ruins to fire their imagination, kid’s outdoor activities abound in the 17 magical acres of GreenWood Forest Park, and the Welsh Mountain Zoo excites and educates in equal measures.

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Betws-y-Coed is more than the gateway to Snowdonia. It’s the gateway to a perfect holiday, full stop.


Guide to Exploring Betws-Y-Coed


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Glan Aber Hotel

Glan Aber Hotel

Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed
3.2
of 5, from 4 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Betws-Y-Coed, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre and Conwy Valley Railway Museum. Betws-Y-Coed Golf Club and Swallow Falls are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£66
Oakfield House B&B

Oakfield House B&B

Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed
4.9
of 5, from 71 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Betws-Y-Coed, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre and Conwy Valley Railway Museum. Swallow Falls and Betws-Y-Coed Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Afon Gwyn Country House

Afon Gwyn Country House

Coed Celyn Farm, Snowdonia Nat. Park, Betws-Y-Coed
4.9
of 5, from 11 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Betws-Y-Coed, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Conwy Valley Railway Museum, Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre, and Betws-Y-Coed Golf Club. Conwy Falls is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

£58
Swallow Falls Complex

Swallow Falls Complex

Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed
3.8
of 5, from 66 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Betws-Y-Coed, this inn is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Swallow Falls and within 3 mi (5 km) of Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre and Conwy Valley Railway Museum. Betws-Y-Coed Golf Club is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.

£66
Olif Bed & Breakfast

Olif Bed & Breakfast

Plas Derwen, Betws-Y-Coed
5.0
of 5, from 12 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated on a river, this inn is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Swallow Falls and Conwy Falls. Mount Snowdon is 15.8 mi (25.4 km) away.

£65
Park Hill Gwesty Bryn Parc

Park Hill Gwesty Bryn Parc

Llanrwst Road, Betws-Y-Coed
3.8
of 5, from 30 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the mountains, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Conwy Valley Railway Museum and Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre. Betws-Y-Coed Golf Club and Conwy Falls are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£62
Glyntwrog House

Glyntwrog House

Dinas Hill, A5, Betws-y-coed
4.9
of 5, from 7 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Conwy Valley Railway Museum, Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre, and Betws-Y-Coed Golf Club. Conwy Falls and Swallow Falls are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Church Hill House

Church Hill House

Vicarage Road, Betws-Y-Coed
4.0
of 5, from 3 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Betws-Y-Coed, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre, Conwy Valley Railway Museum, and Betws-Y-Coed Golf Club. Swallow Falls and Conwy Falls are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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