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A picturesque village at the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park

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Swallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed

Betws-y-Coed lies in a beautiful valley where the River Conwy meets its three tributaries flowing from the west; the Llugwy, the Lledr and the Machno. It is the principal village of Snowdonia and the gateway to its spectacular National Park. Surrounded by the Gwydyr Forest, it is ideal for outdoor activity holidays.

On the main street browse an array of independent shops specialising in arts and crafts from talented Welsh artists, outdoor clothing and local produce. Visit the Tourist Centre for maps, regional knowledge and information on recommended day trips. For a bite to eat, you are spoilt for choice with locally sourced and award-winning food and drink in the diverse range of cafes, bistros, restaurants and pubs.

There is an abundance of history to discover including the 14th century church of St Michael’s, one of the oldest in Wales, and the many attractive and historical bridges; Pont-y-Pair, the Miner’s Bridge and Thomas Telford’s iron Waterloo Bridge, which carries the A5 across the River Conwy, are some of the most notable. Children will love the Conwy Valley Railway Museum with its miniature railway taking you on an eight-minute trip around the beautifully landscaped grounds; it provides a fascinating insight into the local railway history.

Conwy Castle

No visit to this part of North Wales is complete without exploring one of the many magnificent castles dotted along the coastline or on the hills inland. Conwy Castle, built for Edward I, is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. Along with Harlech Castle, Caernarfon Castle and Beaumaris Castle, this monument is part of the Castles and Town Walls of Edward I World Heritage Site.

Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy walking or biking around one of the many scenic trails around the village. If you’re feeling more adventurous, take on a challenging hike in the mountains and discover cascading waterfalls, hill-top lakes, river pools and ancient bridges.

“A magical setting, Betws-y-Coed is perfect for those interested in outdoor pursuits and adventure”

One of the most photographed natural attractions in this area is Swallow Falls; the highest continuous waterfall in Wales, located just west of Betws-y-Coed in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. This impressive waterfall system can be reached by foot through the forest and is a must-see.

North Wales has been named the ‘Adventure Capital of the UK’ so you’ll find all kinds of adventure activities, unique to the region and for visitors of all ages. Experience the world’s fastest zip wire at Zip World or delve into the deep caverns of Go Below and encounter forgotten deep blue lakes; perfect for families wanting an adrenaline rush. Why not learn to surf at Surf Snowdonia, one of the only inland surf venues with its consistent two metre waves. There’s also a wide range of high ropes courses, go-kart and racing tracks, rock climbing, abseiling, horse riding, canyoning and off-road driving. There literally is something for everyone.

Stay in one of our Betws-y-Coed cottages and enjoy everything this pretty village and its spectacular surroundings offer.

While you’re there

Zip World

Adrenaline junkies are covered with the world’s fastest zip wire, alpine coaster and underground adventures.

Conwy Castle

Be amazed by this medieval fortification with its breath-taking views across mountains and sea.

Swallow Falls

Get the camera ready and take a scenic walk to this magnificent multiple waterfall system.

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