Betws-y-CoedBetws-y-Coed (meaning Chapel in the Woods) is a village in Conwy, and one of the primary tourist resorts in the Snowdonia National Park.
By carBetws-y-Coed is on the historic A5 London to Holyhead trunk road, but is also accessible via the A470 from Llandudno.
By trainBetws-y-Coed station is on the Conwy Valley branch line from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Trains run approximately every three hours during the day Monday to Saturday and three times a day on Summer Sundays.
By busBetws y Coed is served by Bws Gwynedd services:
- S2 (Llanrwst–Capel Curig–Betws-y-Coed) (every 1–2 hours on workdays)
- S97 (Porthmadog–Penryndeudraeth/Beddgelert–Betws-y-Coed) (less frequent)
- X1/84 follows the same line from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog as the train but is more frequent (every 1–2 hours on workdays)
- Local buses to Llanrwst
Travel to Betws-y-Coed by Coach for holiday tourists. There are many coach operators ( National Coaches , Shearings etc ) who come into the village at least once a week throughout the year on a Thursday particularly. They bring tourists from the Llandudno Hotels for a short stay which helps all the local businesses. It is also noticeable that coaches from all parts of the UK now make their destination Betws-y-Coed.All are very welcome at any time of year.
The bus station is 100m north of the entrance to the railway station, at the entrance to the large car park, and is referred to as "Platform 2" although it is nothing like a platform and not even part of the station complex.
phone: +44 1690 710568A very small railway museum, but it has a small rideable model steam train for kids and an electric tram.
phone: +44 1690 710426address: Royal Oak StablesSmall exhibition.
Swallow FallsThe path to the falls is accessed via a turnstile at a charge of £1. While the falls are indeed beautiful there are similar rapids closer to town and fee of charge: for instance at the Miners Bridge (1 mile west) and at the Pont-y-pair bridge (in town), both free of charge. The falls can also be viewed free of charge from the opposite bank by following the riverside public footpath downstream for 1 mile from Ty Hyll (below).
Forest boardwalkImpressive Douglas firs.
phone: +44 1690 720287Home of the Snowdonia Society.
address: Betws-y-CoedA spectacular falls that is divided into two falls each side of a large rock in the river Conwy.
Dolwyddelan CastleTower of 13th century castle
Mountain BikingCheck out the Marin and Penmachno Trails.
address: Betws-y-CoedThe Gwydyr Forest is one of the first Forests of Wales to be planted by the Forestry Commission and covers approximately 72 square miles. Much of it was planted in the early 1920s. There was a certain amount of natural regeneration of wild species growing up to the 1,000-foot tree level many hundreds of years ago. As time has advanced much of the traditional forestry work has declined and more emphasis is being put into recreation, cycle routes, bridleways and picnic spots. Timber production is being harvested each day, and as more areas get clear felled they are planted up again with more native species of oak, beech and rowan. The forest surrounding Betws-y-Coed is rich in both marked and unmarked trails. The marked trails range from one-mile walks on level roads to 10-mile walks in strenuous terrain. The lower parts of the Llugwy Valley offer forests reminiscent of temperate rainforests with a thick cover of moss and lichens on the trees and on ground. Another speciality is the exploring of old mines and quarries, many of which are partly (and safely) accessible.
Narrow-gauge railwaysBetws-y-Coed is a great base for exploring the Great Little Trains, narrow-gauge heritage railways found all over North Wales. Apart from the railway museum the Conwy valley line itself is quite interesting, and provides access to Blaenau Ffestiniog with the Ffestiniog Railway and the mine tramways of the Llechwedd Slate Caverns as well as to the Chester to Holyhead mainline via Llandudno Junction. Sherpa bus S2 provides easy access to Llanberis with both the Snowdon Mountain Railway and the Llanberis Lake Railway (1 proper railway, 3 narrow-gauge heritage railways and 4 smaller mine or model tramways).
phone: +44 1248 601 444One of three Zip World attractions in the area (the others are in Bethesda and Blaenau Ffestiniog), this is located in the forest. The 'Zip Safari' is a treetop journey along 23 zip lines and other rope courses, and the Junior Tree Trail is its kid-friendly cousin. 'Plummet Tower' is a 31 m climbing pole and parachute simulator (basically you climb to the top then jump off - great fun!). Other attractions include a giant swing and, new for 2017, the 1 km Fforest Coaster.
Tŷ Gwyn Hotel & RestaurantBar and restaurant in 18th-century coaching inn, big portions, excellent food and service. Booking advised.
address: Holyhead RdReasonably priced bar food in a traditional pub as well as a restaurant.
The Royal Oak HotelLarge hotel, central and well equipped. A bit pricey. Has 3 restaurants of fair quality; all have standard Welsh cuisine:
- The Royal Oak Restaurant is a classic hotel restaurant with good but traditional and somewhat pricy menu.
- The Grill Room right next to the restaurant is a tad cheaper, and have more grill dishes on the menu—quite good. Full on Fridays and Saturdays.
- The Stables is a bar with both indoor and outdoor seating. The menu is a subset of the menu from the Grill Room, but a few quid cheaper. Can be quite full Fridays and Saturdays.
address: Holyhead RdSupposedly one of the better guesthouses.
address: Holyhead RdAn old, classic hotel aimed at fishing. Has cheap singles.
address: Holyhead Road4
address: Holyhead RoadPart of the same complex as the Youth Hostel.
Waterloo Hotel and LodgeA Best Western Hotel, so at least one of the large hotel chains is represented in Betws.
phone: +44 1690 710627address: Lon Muriau, Llanrwst Road, Betws-y-coed, LL24 0HDThis eco-friendly B&B heats its water with solar energy and uses home grown fruit and vegetables. They were awarded the coveted Gold Star by the Green Tourism Business Scheme and were once listed among the 30 coolest bed & breakfasts by Time. The place has a lovely garden available for guest and if you drive an electric car, you can use their charging point for free.
CampingThere are many campsites in the area, especially on the road to Capel Curig. One large camping site next to the railway museum.
phone: +44 1690 7107962 miles west from the village centre, part of a larger hotel and bar complex next to the Swallow Falls. Open 365 days a year. Reception hours 8AM–12 noon. 78 beds. Family rooms available.
address: Craiglan RoadIndependent hostel in a detached Victorian villa. 36 beds, self-catering kitchen, bar, common room, meals available, climbing wall. Bed linen provided.
Ty CapelA former chapel and schoolroom. Sleeps 3.
Ty CochSingle-storey stone cottage by a stream. Sleeps 4.
Ty UchafThe oldest of the three properties, a 17th-century single-storey white-painted cottage. Sleeps 2.