Betws-Y-Coed

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Betws-Y-Coed showing forest scenes, a house and a river or creek

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-Coedhas 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 BridgesOne of the many joys of visiting Betws-y-Coedis 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 ActivitiesFringed 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 FamiliesThere’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.

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

Betws–y-Coed literally means ‘the prayer house in the woods’ and thispretty village certainly offers those who seek to be surrounded by naturalbeauty of an almost mystical grandeur exactly what they are looking for. Thevillage 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 mostpopular inland resort of Wales,thanks to its adoption by painters enamoured of the beautiful surroundings. Therailways heightened its popular appeal and today tourists and holiday makerseasily outnumber locals, and it seems that one in every two buildings is acharming hotel or welcoming guesthouse. Yet this hasn’t in any ways diminishedthe charms of BYC, as you may hear it referred to. It still has that rareability to truly inspire.

If you're looking for somewhere to stay that has analmost Alpine then the small but busy stone village of Betws-y-Coedhas many reasons to command your attention. Its picture postcard beauty isreflected in the river that drifts through it, and the rich verdant greens ofthe Gwydyr Forest provide the ideal backdrop. Walkjust outside the village and you’ll reach the dramatic confluence of threerivers and their respective valleys:  theLlugwy, the Conwy andthe Lledr.

Rivers andBridges

One of the many joys of visiting Betws-y-Coedis to wander lazily along the paths of the meandering rivers and to marvel atthe grandiose bridges that span them. Crossing the bridges is like connectingwith the history of the area: the 32 metre Waterloo Bridge was constructed fromiron in the year of the famous battle (1815), whilst the nearby Sapper’s Bridgecommemorates engineers of more recent wars. The 15th Century stonebridge Pont-y-Pair means ‘bridge of the cauldron’ and spans the rapids of theLlugwy. A mile downstream Miner’s Bridge celebrates the strong historicalinfluence that mining has played in this area.

Outdoor Activities

Fringed by forest, and with the SnowdoniaNational Park beckoning in the background, this is an outdoorlover’s paradise.  The picturesque LlynElsi reservoir nearby is popular with both walkers and anglers,whilst hillwalking is in plentiful supply in an area that boasts magnificentmountainous terrain. The highest peak nearby, which is also the highest pointin England and Wales, is Snowdon at 3,560 feet, but there are 13 other peaksthat 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 manyother 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, CastleConwy is just one of many atmospheric ruins to fire theirimagination, kid’s outdoor activities abound in the 17 magical acres of GreenWoodForest Park, and the Welsh Mountain Zoo excites and educates in equal measures.

VisitBetws-y-Coed

Betws-y-Coed is morethan the gateway to Snowdonia. It’s the gateway to a perfect holiday, fullstop.

Glan Aber Hotel
Glan Aber Hotel
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales, LL24 0AB
The price is £50 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
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3.7/5 Good! (95 reviews)
"Excellent location, friendly staff and secure on site parking. Very dog friendly hotel. Excellent stay."

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2022

Glan Aber Hotel
Waterloo Hotel Lodge
Waterloo Hotel Lodge
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales, LL24 0AR
The price is £130 per night from 11 Jul to 12 Jul
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Betws-Y-Coed. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (353 reviews)
"The staff were extremely helpful and pleasant to deal with , this was our second stay at this hotel and would go back again , thankyou"

Reviewed on 7 Jun 2022

Waterloo Hotel Lodge
Royal Oak Hotel
Royal Oak Hotel
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales, LL24 0AY
The price is £120 per night from 28 Jun to 29 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Betws-Y-Coed. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (98 reviews)
"Beatiful character building. Nice room and bathroom. Strong cleaner smell was not ideal but the room was spotless."

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2022

Royal Oak Hotel
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Yr Hen Siop
Yr Hen Siop
3.5 out of 5
14 Machno Terrace, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales, LL24 0SA
Stay at this 3.5-star property in Betws-Y-Coed. Enjoy free WiFi, a garden and private gardens. Popular attractions Llechwedd Slate Caverns and Dolwyddelan Castle ...
Yr Hen Siop
Glan Nug Bach
Glan Nug Bach
3.5 out of 5
Betws-Y-Coed, Wales
Stay at this 3.5-star cottage in Betws-Y-Coed. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Popular attraction Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre is located nearby. Discover ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Lovely cottage . Very clean . Great location . Was perfect for the two of us ."

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2021

Glan Nug Bach
Cosy and luxurious country cottage, prime location, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Cosy and luxurious country cottage, prime location, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Betws-Y-Coed, WLS
Stay at this cottage in Betws-Y-Coed. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and an on-site playground. Popular attractions Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre ...
Cosy and luxurious country cottage, prime location, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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