Betws-y-Coed

One of the most famous villages in Snowdonia. Founded around a monastery in the late sixth century, village attractions include the 14th Century church of St. Michael and the Conwy Valley Railway & Motor Museums.Nearby attractions include, the “Miner’s Bridge”, the “Fairy Glen” and the popular “Swallow Falls” waterfalls.

Betws-y-Coed is one of the most famous villages in Snowdonia, so it’s surprising to know it's population is less than 550 (VERY surprising if you are driving through it on a sunny bank-holiday weekend!). It's name translates as “Prayer House in the Wood” having been founded around a monastery in the late sixth century.

Other attractions in the village include the “Miner’s Bridge” and the 14th Century church of St. Michael. Other nearby attractions include The “Fairy Glen” and the famous “Swallow Falls”, one of the most popular waterfalls in Wales.

Swallow Falls

The Welsh name for Swallow Falls is ‘Rhaeadr Ewynnol’ meaning ‘Foaming Waterfall’ and it can be found a couple of miles north of Betws-y-Coed, opposite the aptly named Swallow Falls Hotel. It does in fact consist of several falls on the Afon Llugwy river and it has been said they are the finest waterfalls in Wales. Naming these gushing and powerful falls after a little bird does seem a little odd, but it was probably down to a mis-heard word as ‘ewynnol’ (foaming) sounds very similar to ‘y wennol’ meaning ‘swallow’. It’s easier to understand the error when you stand next to the deafening roar of the falls when they are in full force.

There has been a charge to view the falls for over a hundred years ever since the landowner, the second Lord Ancaster, gave the falls to the local council in 1913. The charge was originally made to clear the £15,000 debt for supplying water and electricity to the village. The falls became a popular tourist destination after the first world war and continue to be one of the most popular places to visit in Snowdonia.
St Mary
St Mary's Church, Betws-y-Coed
Swallow Falls
Swallow Falls

Betws-y-Coed Shops

There is a large selection of shops including several craft and gift shops as well as outdoor shops for walkers and climbers.

Anna Davis - annadavies.co.uk - A Unique Experience of Ladies & Menswear, Accessories and Gifts for all the Family.

Village Crafts - villagecrafts.net - A unique gift shop from Children's gifts, Collectables and Jewellry to clothing, home and lifestyle.

Cotswold Outdoor Gear - cotswoldoutdoor.com | Hawkshead - hawkshead.com | Field & Trek - fieldandtrek.com
Village Crafts in Betws-y-Coed
Village Crafts
Betws-y-Coed
Betws-y-Coed

Riverside Walk

A pretty boardwalk beside the Afon Llugwy River. This is a nice and easy walk for the first third of a mile with grass and a wooden boardwalk. You can walk 0.8 miles to the old Miner’s Bridge, or continue on another 1.2 miles and reach Swallow Falls (this can be a little muddy and uneven).

You can return the same way, or walk back and cross the Miner’s Bridge and walk back along the A5 (a bit noisy during summer, but has a pavement all the way).
Riverside Walk, Betws-y-Coed
Riverside Walk, Betws-y-Coed
Miner’s Bridge, Betws-y-Coed
Miner’s Bridge, Betws-y-Coed

The Conwy Valley Railway Museum & Model Shop

The former railway goods yard is home to the Conwy Valley Railway Museum and its large miniature railway and there is also a motor museum with over thirty vintage cars.
Old Signs in The Conwy Valley Railway Museum & Model Shop, Betws-y-Coed
The Conwy Valley Railway Museum & Model Shop
An Exibit in The Conwy Valley Railway Museum & Model Shop, Betws-y-Coed
The Conwy Valley Railway Museum & Model Shop
If you would like to stay in Betws-y-Coed there are a good selection of B&Bs and Hotels on the Booking.Com Website.