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Betws-Y-Coed
Travel Guide

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.

Swallow Falls Complex
Swallow Falls Complex
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales
The price is £80 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
Situated in Betws-Y-Coed, this property is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Swallow Falls and within 6 miles (10 km) of Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre and Betws-Y-Coed ...
3.7/5Good! (297 reviews)
"We really enjoyed our little holiday at this hotel . Lady at reception with black hair and big eyes ( I think hers name is Rebecca) was very nice and helpful,also Tony ,he is amazing and so funny ! We will definitely back there soon and we really recommend this hotel to others!"

Reviewed on 7 Jun 2021

Swallow Falls Complex
Waterloo Hotel Lodge
Waterloo Hotel Lodge
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales
The price is £135 per night from 19 Jun to 19 Jun
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre and Betws-Y-Coed Golf Club. Swallow Falls and Snowdonia ...
4.2/5Excellent! (190 reviews)
"Lovely room, very clean, well decorated. Large comfy bed, very quiet, excellent night’s sleep. Good storage, good shower. Bar abs restaurant area very nice, lovely food. Excellent breakfast. Would recommend and return."

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2021

Waterloo Hotel Lodge
Glan Aber Hotel
Glan Aber Hotel
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales
The price is £121 per night from 19 Jul to 19 Jul
Situated in Betws-Y-Coed, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre and Betws-Y-Coed Golf Club. Snowdonia National ...
3.6/5Good! (76 reviews)
"Great little place with good facilities and very friendly staff. The room was clean and tidy, the bed was comfy and mattress not too soft. A small car park at rear of hotel, but plenty of free parking on road that runs behind hotel."

Reviewed on 5 May 2021

Glan Aber Hotel
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.
Hendre Rhys Gethin
Hendre Rhys Gethin
4 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales
Situated in a national park, this holiday home is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Swallow Falls, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Snowdonia National Park and Dolwyddelan Castle. ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Very warm an welcoming, lodge has everything you need. Excellent location."

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2019

Hendre Rhys Gethin
Heart of Beautiful Betws-y-coed - Well-equipped Victorian Stone Railway Cottage
Heart of Beautiful Betws-y-coed - Well-equipped Victorian Stone Railway Cottage
2 Railway Cottages, Betws-Y-Coed, WLS
Situated in Betws-Y-Coed, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre and Betws-Y-Coed Golf Club. Swallow Falls and ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (40 reviews)
Lovely cottage, great location
"The cottage was very comfortable and had all we needed for a great holiday. Perfectly located by the railway and central fir lots of adventuring into the area. Lovely owner and manager. Would certainly come again."

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2021

Heart of Beautiful Betws-y-coed - Well-equipped Victorian Stone Railway Cottage
Llyn Conwy Lodge - Three Bedroom House, Sleeps 6
Llyn Conwy Lodge - Three Bedroom House, Sleeps 6
Hendre Rhys Gethin, Betws-Y-Coed, WLS
Situated in Betws-Y-Coed, this holiday home is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Betws-Y-Coed Golf Club. Swallow ...
Llyn Conwy Lodge - Three Bedroom House, Sleeps 6
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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