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Betws y Coed is a great base, centrally located to discover everything Snowdonia has to offer, from a range of exciting activities and beautiful attractions.


Zip world Fforest – Betws y Coed

Enjoy a journey through the canopy of the trees on Zip Safari or bounce and explore to your hearts content on Treetop Nets.  Soar over the tree tops on the giant five seater swing, Skyride, or keep your little adventurers busy on Tree Hoppers.

Places of Historical Interest

St Michaels Church – Betws y Coed

Built in the 14th century, St Michael’s Old Church is the oldest building in Betws-y-Coed, and is located on the banks of the River Conwy.

Zip world – Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda

Penrhyn Slate Quarry, located near Bethesda in North Wales, is home to Zip World Velocity 2, the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe.  Enjoy the view of zippers flying by from the Blondin Restaurant, experience the Penrhyn Quarry Tour on one of our famous red trucks, or take on Velocity 2 itself!

Conwy Castle

Built for Edward I, by Master James of St George, the castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain.

Zipworld Llechwedd Slate Caverns

The Slate Caverns includes an experience for almost everyone, from Titan, the first 4 person zip line in Europe to the unique, all weather underground adventures that are Bounce Below and Zip World Caverns.

Caernarfon Castle

King Edward I created what is surely one of the most impressive of Wales’s castles. Worthy of World Heritage status no less!

Surf Snowdonia

Portmeirion Village

Portmeirion was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976. He wanted to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it.


Welsh Highland Railway

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways stretch for 40 miles through the glorious Snowdonia National Park, allowing you to experience the magnificent scenery in comfort whilst savouring the romance of gleaming steam engines and carriages.

Harlech Castle

The English monarch Edward I built Harlech in the late 13th century to fulfil this very role. It was one of the most formidable of his 'iron ring' of fortresses designed to contain the Welsh in their mountain fastness.

Go to Harlech Castle

Llanberis Steam Railway

Steam engines take you on a five-mile return journey alongside Lake Padarn, right in the heart of Snowdonia.

The journey takes you past the 13th century Dolbadarn Castle, across possibly Britain’s shortest river and past Llanberis’ twin lakes. From Llanberis the train runs non-stop through the Padarn Country Park, joining the 1845 slate railway route to run along the shores of Lake Padarn to Penllyn, and giving stunning views of Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales.

Bodnant Gardens

A world-famous garden home to National Collections and Champion Trees

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Since 1896 visitors have been travelling to Llanberis, to experience the unique rail journey to the Summit of the highest mountain in Wales and England. A true mountain and place of legend, come with us and see exactly why Snowdon Mountain Railway has been described as one of the most unique and wonderful railway journeys in the world. With stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views it’s all part of a great day out for you and your family in North Wales.


Llyn Elsi

Llyn Elsi is a scenic mountain lake that’s barely an hour’s walk from Betws-y-Coed, and that’s taking it easy, on this pleasant circular route. You can also reach the lake by following the Llyn Elsi Trail from near the back of the Royal Oak hotel, or extend this route by walking around the lake in it’s entirety by following the while waymarkers. It would make a decent trail run, but take the Jubilee Path if you don’t like your routes muddy!


Yr Wyddfa* , or Snowdon, (it’s never Mount or Mt Snowdon ) is one of the most popular mountains in the United Kingdom, let alone Snowdonia.  Which path should you choose to climb? Here’s a quick rundown of the more popular walking routes up Snowdon

Fairy Glen and Other walks local to Betws y coed

There are many circular walks from Snowdonia’s Betws-y-coed, not surprising considering the number of lakes near Betws-y-coed such as Llyn Elsi and Llyn Parc. Nestling in the Gwydyr Forest, walks are usually either through the trees, a river walk or involve a lake or two. More often than not, you’ll get the lot! With waterfalls such as the Swallow Falls and Conwy Falls, there’s something for everyone.

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