Bettws-y-coed Travel Guide

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Bettws-y-coed Things to Do

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    chapel in the valley

    by uglyscot Written May 17, 2008

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    Among the places that I found attractive was Betwys-y-Coed. It is in the Snowdonia Forest Parkwhere the River Conway meets its three tributaries.
    There is a lovely little chapel, an attractive railway station which also has a Museum with a miniature railway, both built of dark grey stone and pointed with red. .
    Nearby are the Swallow falls, a good 2 mile walk along the river..

    the church and hill the church Betwys y coed the railway station
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    Swallow falls.

    by halfbeat Written Jun 16, 2006

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    If your in the Betws y coed area and want to see a lovely waterfall... Swallow falls is definitely the place to go. It is a series of waterfalls on the Afon Llugwy river just outside the town. It is best viewed just after heavy rain as there is a greater volume of water in the river then, but it is still a great sight at any time of the year and a lovely place to visit.
    It is most often viewed from the southern bank, just off the road, where you can park in the large layby or even in the hotel car park over the road. You have to pay to get in to see the falls, £1 or 50p for children (only if the kiosk is open though). On the other side of the road, at the hotel car park is a shop where you can buy drinks, ice creams, souvenirs etc.

    Although the view from the southern bank is nice, i personally prefere the walk along the river bank up to Swallow falls on the northern side, and the view is as good, if not better on that side too. The walk starts in Betws y coed and follows the northern river bank all the way up to the falls. You can park easily in Betws in one of the car parks, there is one on the northern side of the river, just by the start of the walk if you can find a space in it. The walk is not hard, and it is a lot quieter than the southern side where everyone usually goes to see the falls... plus you dont have to pay anything to see the falls this side.

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  • Bettws-y-coed Hotels

    20 Hotels in Bettws-y-coed

Bettws-y-coed Hotels

  • Ty Gwyn Hotel

    A5 Road, Betws-y-Coed, LL24 0SG, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Royal Oak Hotel

    Have stayed here a few times now, and every time i do, whether it be on my own or with my...

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  • Craig-y-Dderwen Riverside Hotel

    Betws-y-Coed, LL24 OAS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The Gwydyr Hotel

    Betws-y-Coed, LL24 0AB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Swallow Falls Hotel

    Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed, LL24 0DW, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Tan Dinas Country House

    Betws-y-Coed, LL24 OBL, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Tyn-Y-Fron

    My B&B for 2 nights. An excellent choice. Quiet. Comfortable. Clean. Friendly. Their breakfast is...

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  • Bryn Afon Guest House

    Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, North Wales, Betws-y-Coed, LL24 0BB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Bryn Llewelyn Guest House

    Bryn Llewelyn, Holyhead Road, LL24 0BN Bettws-y-coed

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Bettws-y-coed Restaurants

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    Ty Gwn Hotel: Not to be Missed!

    by iaint Updated Apr 28, 2016

    A 16th century coaching inn, no less.

    Very atmospheric.

    It was recommended by my B&B's owner. He has good judgment.

    I had grilled Pen Loyn Farm lamb fillet in a Brie, asparagus & Parma ham wrap. That was just the starter!

    Then home-made shepherd's pie with red cabbage and vegetables.

    Not hungry after that!

    It's popular and busy (even on a Tuesday) so phone to book a table. The service suffered a bit as the place filled up in the space of 30 minutes. Fortunately I'd gone earlier.

    I'm told it is a "big thing" locally to be able to tell customers which local farm the lamb comes from. What you eat has never left the valley.

    £29 with the beer and a big glass of something red.

    Favorite Dish: Hard to choose, but the lamb starter was unusual as well as delicious.

    Orme Bar
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Bettws-y-coed Transportation

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    Conwy Valley Railway

    by iaint Written Jun 12, 2016

    I had my car when I visited the village, but it is on the Conwy Valley Railway line (part of the UK’s national rail network) between Llandudno and Blaenau-Ffestiniog and has a station. As well as connecting the village with the mainline services at Llandudno Junction, it connects with the narrow guage Ffestiniog Railway to Porthmadog. In turn, that connects with the Welsh Mountain Railway to Caernarfon.

    Anyway, whilst a car may be useful for getting there and back it isn’t essential, and you certainly don’t need it to get around the village.

    Betwys y Coed Station Welsh Mountain Railway
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    Menyn's Taxi Service of Llanrwst

    by SandiM Written Apr 22, 2013

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    Although there is an infrequent bus service in Betws y Coed, my mother and I needed reliable transportation to get to a few different scenic spots in an awful hurry (our time was limited). Karen and Sian from Menyn's Taxi were helpful and all that's good about customer service in Wales! The price was decent for what we required, 2 hours personal taxi service for 2 persons with car and driver for 80GBP. We knew what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go beforehand, so that was key in our engagement. This wasn't a guide service; we knew that beforehand we asked to be taken to these spots. It was a good transaction. Just visit their website, tell them what you need, and they will get back to you within 48 hours with a rough estimate. You can hash out the details after that.

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Bettws-y-coed What to Pack

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    Tip on tips

    by iaint Written May 1, 2016

    Miscellaneous: My Lonely Planet guide.
    £14.99 to you. Free to me - my son gave me a book token for Christmas.
    It is now a bit dog-eared and weather beaten (was that the snow or the rain).
    Anyway, I used it a lot and recommend it.

    Thanks, Mark
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Bettws-y-coed Off The Beaten Path

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    Swallow Falls – Rhaedr Ewynnol

    by grayfo Written Jul 25, 2014

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    The Welsh name “Rhaeadr Ewynnol” actually translates as “Foaming Water” but “Swallow Falls” was coined by early tourists and over the past 100 years the waterfall on the River Llugwy has become a very popular tourist attraction having featured on film, postcard and canvas. Swallow Falls is the highest continuous waterfall in Wales and viewing is by several platforms that are accessed via a pathway and steps. The Falls were gifted to the Betws-y-Coed council by the second Lord Ancaster in 1913.

    There is adequate parking on the A5 but failing this, there is a pay and display car park at the hotel opposite.

    Admission is via an automatic turn-style gate which rotates when a fee of £1.50 is inserted into the coin slot.

    June 2013

    Betws-y-Coed LL24 0DW

    The Falls are located two miles west of Betws-y-Coed on the A5 to Capel Curig road.

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