The gateway to Snowdonia, Betws-y-Coed is a wonderful setting surrounded by woodland, mountains and cascading waterfalls. It is ideal for outdoor activity holidays including walking, cycling and water sports with a great selection of shops, restaurants and cafes. Here is our guide on things to do in Betws Y Coed:
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Wales. Allow 30 mins to 1 hour to walk around and see the falls.
ZIP WORLD FFOREST
ne of three locations run by the Zip World Company, the Zip Safari, Skyride, Treetop Nets, Fforest Coaster and Tree Hoppers are all located here.
Is a beautiful and magical gorge located just on the outskirts of Betws. Very easy to access and it will take around 30 mins (depending on how long you want to spend down there) to walk down, admire and walk back.
Journey deep underground through a long forgotten slate mine, with vast caverns, lakes, zip lines, abseils, waterfalls and more.
With views of the Conwy Valley and Snowdonia mountain range, needless to say it’s a stunning course. There are 9 holes but 18 tees. There is a restaurant in the club house. Prices start from £15 for 9 holes.
CONWY VALLEY RAIL
A great look into the history of steam trains and a chance to get close up to see how they work and the importance of steamtrains in the area.
Fulfil a dream of trekking on horseback through the mountains. Groups or individuals and all ages and abilities catered for. Prices start from £15 for 30 mins.
However, if you do want a dip in the sea, Conwy and Llandudno are the nearest options.
With 200 years of heritage, it is the oldest railway company still operating. Starting in Porthmadog, the Ffestiniog Railway takes you through the mountains to Blaenau Ffestiniog offering glorious views and giving you a fascinating insight into the past.
Clough Williams-Ellis created this little piece of the ‘Italian riviera’ in North Wales during the earlier part of the 1900’s. A visit here transports you to a fantasy world of beautiful buildings in every colour along with wonderful gardens and views. Famous as the location of the cult TV series Prisoner in the 60’s, it now welcomes visitors from all over the world. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes on site along with gift shops and a shop for their famous Portmeirion dinner service. There is a private beach that visitors can enjoy.
There are so many things to do at ZipWorld! The longest zipline in Europe and the fastest in the world. Bounce Below is an underground trampoline experience with trampolines are suspended upto 180 ft above ground from inside an excavated cavern. Zip World Caverns (the greatest underground adventure – ziplining and caving mixed together), Fforest Zip Safari (a zipline through the forest), Plummet (a bungee jump style adventure), Skyride (Europes highest 5 seater swing), Treetop Nets (giant nets suspended from the trees to run around in) and last but not least, Fforest Coaster, the roller coaster in the woods!
A man-made surfing lagoon situated in the Conwy Valley is where to go for surfing. Waves are created in the lagoon; perfect, continuous waves. There are lots of other activities at the site including Crash and Splash which is like total wipeout set up along with a soft play centre and a skate ramp.
The National White Water Centre on the river Tryweryn in Bala is the best place in the country to white water raft. The water levels are dam-controlled so it’s rapids still thunder in the summer, meaning you will never be disappointed by the conditions.
The walks in the surrounding area are both incredible and numerous
Our very own ‘Really Simple Walking Guide Up Snowdon’
Some suggestions from the people at Visit Snowdonia
A great guide up Moel Hebog from our friends at Mud and Routes
If you love a treasure hunt, you’ll be pleased to know that there are lots of geocaches hidden around the area. Children love these and and so if you’re having trouble convincing them that a walk is good fun, this could be your answer!
Based just north of Dolgellau, this forest (Coed) offers mountain biking heaven. Ranging from routes for beginners to the more advanced it is fantastic. Free to get in, you can either rent a bike there or take your own. If not all the party are up for cycling, there are also wonderful walks. Take a picnic as there are lots of picnic tables or there is also a cafe that serves food.
There are 4 trails for both novice and advanced riders. Its costs £27.50 for the day. You will need to pre-book a space and you can hire bikes there. Again there is a cafe and other activities on offer.
BIKE HIRE – Beics Betws
PUBS – Ty Gwyn is an award winning family run pub come restaurant. The Silver Fountain offers more of a traditional pub food offering. The Bridge Restaurant 1815 offers a more modern environment with good food including a Sunday Roast.
Restaurants: Stables Bistro Bar offers as you expect a bistro menu in a great environment. The Spinnaker offers pizza, pasta and fish and chips. Olif has Welsh tapas on the menu.
CAFES – Conwy Falls Café was designed by Clough Ellis Williams (Portmeirion) and is a great place to retreat offering great food and coffee. Based on the station at Betws y coed, The Alpine Coffee Bar offers a great selection of loose leaf tea’s and coffee – we love their loyalty card for dogs! Cwmni Cacen Gri offer the best welsh cakes in Wales alongside other traditional cakes and yummy stuff!
TAKEAWAY – Asha Balti House is a great Indian restaurant offering takeaway. The Dragon Hotel offers Chinese food.
FISH AND CHIPS – Hen Siop
ICE CREAM – It’s got to be Cadwalader’s…..
The Surgery; Ffordd Gethin, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL24 0BP
TEL: 01690 710205
ATM: Many places locally only accept cash and so make sure you have enough on hand. There is an HSBC in Betws.
Caernarfon is the nearest place for the larger stores and Tesco will deliver.
- SPAR and LONDIS are in Betws
- TESCO is in Llandudno
- Arriva Trains travels to Betws-Y-Coed: TRAINLINE
The Arriva 19 and X19 buses from Llandudno go to Betws y Coed
The Snowdon Sherpa also goes through Betws y Coed: SNOWDON SHERPA
- local taxi firms include:
- JMJ TRAVEL – 01492 642422
- JOHNS TAXIS – 01766 831781
The welsh alphabet is phonetic so once you know how to say the letters, the theory is that reading the words is straightforward; you say what you see. A little time spent familiarising yourself with the alphabet will help no end when you’re trying to navigate your way around the area…
a short, as in ‘hat’, never as in ‘ball’
b as in ‘bag’. Although is there really any other way?
c always hard as in ‘cat’, never an s as in ‘precise’
ch like the ch in the Scottish word ‘loch’, but with more phlegm
d as in ‘dog’, never as in ‘djinn’
dd a buzzy ‘th’ sound, as in ‘this’. Think angry bees with a lisp
e short, as in pen
f v. This is very, very simple, and when you get really used to it, f will play hafock with your spelling
ff f. Equally, you can ffind yourselff getting too used to ff as well
g always hard as in ‘get’, never a ‘j’ sound as in the last g in garage
ng as in ‘song’, where the g isn’t hard, like in ‘gig’, but a soft glottal stop made in your throat
h as in hat, always sounded and never silent
i as in ‘pin’
j accepted now because of the loan words from English that use it, like ‘garej’
l a ‘luh’ as in ‘lava’, but never an ‘ul’ sound as in ‘milk’
ll not as hard a sound to make as some would have you think. Raise your tongue to the top of your mouth as if you were going to say ‘el’, then make the ‘ell’ sound by blowing air round the sides of your raised tongue, instead of by using your voice. You should sound like an annoyed cat
m as in ‘mithridatize’. Or as in ‘mum’, if you want to be boring
n as in ‘nanobot’
o short as in ‘hot’, not round as in ‘hotel’
p can I have a p please Bob?
ph an English f, or Welsh ff sound, as in ‘phase’
r rolled. Some people just can’t get a rolled ‘r’ – their tongues are unable to vibrate in the right way. It’s a genetic thing, apparently,
similar to being able to roll your tongue into a tube, or turn the end upside down. Honestly, some people can, but my tongue’s not that prehensile. Roll if you can, don’t if you can’t
rh hr. Make a huffy, breathy sound before your rolled ‘r’
s always soft as in ‘sit’, never a ‘z’ sound as in ‘juxtapose’
t as in ‘top’. Can it get any simpler?
th as in ‘think’, softer and less buzzy than dd
u If you had stepped in something disgusting and made a kind of ‘eugh’ noise, the vowel ‘eu’ sound would about approximate
y ok, y breaks the rule that Welsh is phonetic. As a single syllable word, y is like ‘uh’, on the last syllable of a multisyllabic word it’ an‘u’ or ‘ee’, and anywhere else it’s like the unstressed, indeterminate noise of the final e in ‘garden’ or ‘letter’. Ysbyty (hospital) is the perfect example.
How are you? Sut mae / Ti’n iawn
Good morning: Bore da
Good Afternoon: P.nawn da, prynhawn da
Good evening: Noswaith dda
Good night: Nos da
Cheers / Good Health! Iechyd da!
Do you speak welsh? Ydych chi’n siarad Cymraeg?
How do you say…. in welsh? ru di/Beth ydy….yn Cymraeg?
Thank you: Diolch
I love you: Dw i’n dy garu di
Happy Birthday: Penblwdd Hapus
and a couple of funny ones….
Microwave: popty ping
‘Might as well’: Man a man a mwnci
DIRECTORY OF PLACES LISTED:
Station Approach, Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AE
01766 238 007
Canolfan Beicio Antur Stiniog, Ceudlyllau Llechwedd, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3NB
Heol y Ficerdy, LL24 0AD
Unit 3 | Station Approach, Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AE
For Sat Nav/GPS/Mapping Services use: LL40 2HY. OS Grid Reference: SH 725 268
Pentrefoelas Road, Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0PN
Station Approach, Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AE
Postcode: LL49 9NF, Grid Reference: SH 57131 38419, Lat./Lng.: 52.924122/-4.1266580
A5 trunk road at the junction with the B4406 to Penmachno, Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0PN
Old Church Road, Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed
Penmachno, LL25 0HJ
Holyhead Rd Betws-y-Coed LL24 0BN
Use SatNav, LL23 7NU
Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER
Holyhead Road, Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed LL24 OAY
Unit 2, Y Glyn, Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4EL
Waterloo Hotel | Holyhead Road, Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AR
THE SILVER FOUNTAIN
Dinas, Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0HF
The A5, Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0SG
01248 601 444 choose option 2
Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3NB