Posted on February 20th by Amy Bowers

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 2018:


Swallow Falls is the largest, continuous waterfall in Wales. You can either park up in the Swallow Falls hotel and a short walk will take you to the look out point on the south bank or a walk through Gwydir Forest on the Swallow Falls walking trail will take you to the North Bank which is said to give more spectacular views.
One of three locations run by the Zip World Company, the Zip Safari, Skyride, Treetop Nets, Fforest Coaster and Tree Hoppers are all located in Betws Y Coed. The Fforest coaster is the newest attraction; a roller coaster running through the forest at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.
The Fairy Glen is a beautiful and magical gorge located on the outskirts of Betws Y Coed. It is easy to access by the Fairy Glen Hotel and takes around 30 mins (depending on how long you want to spend down there) to walk down, admire and walk back. There is an honesty box with a suggested 50p donation which goes towards the upkeep of the footpaths down to the gorge.
Journey deep underground through a long forgotten slate mine with vast caverns, lakes, zip lines, abseils, waterfalls and more. A choice of 3 adventures starting with the Go Below Challenge with a minimum age is from 10 years to the Ultimate Xtreme with a minimum age of 18. This is the ultimate in underground adventures.
North Wales Active are an outdoor adventure activity provider based in Betws Y Coed. Offering the full range of activities, including canyoning, gorge walking, climbing, abseiling, coasteering and walking. A great day out to be had by all the family or a group of friends and seeing a different side to Snowdonia.
If you want to see the hidden and hard to find parts of Snowdonia then Bernard at Snowdonia Safari’s is where you need to head. His extensive knowledge of the landscape and history of the area makes for a really interesting either half or full day out and take you to see some really spectacular views of the mountains and lakes.
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.
A miniature railway takes you on an 8-minute journey around Betws Y Coed. The attached museum gives you a look into the history of steam trains with great models on display. A cafe and restaurant are also availble.
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.

Horse Riding Betws


There is no beach in Betws-Y-Coed itself but the following lakes in Gwydir Forest are certainly worth a visit for a bit of wild swimming:

However, if you do want a dip in the sea, Conwy and Llandudno beaches are the nearest options.


There are 600 castles in Wales, the closest being CRICCIETH The other close ones include, HARLECH, CAERNARFON, BEAUMARIS on Anglesey, PENRHYN CASTLE in Bangor and DOLWYDDELAN in Betws-y-Coed.

THE FFESTINIOG AND WELSH HIGHLANDS STEAM TRAIN starts in Porthmadog or Caernarfon, taking you through the mountains to Blaenau Ffestiniog offering glorious views and giving you an insight into the past.

PORTMEIRION VILLAGE is a little piece of the ‘Italian riviera’ in Wales was created by Clough Williams-Ellis during the earlier part of the 1900’s. A visit here transports you to a fantasy world of beautiful buildings and gardens. Famous for its filming of the Prisoner in the 60’s it now welcomes visitors from all over the world. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the village along with gift shops and a shop for their famous Portmeirion dinner service. There is a private beach that visitors can enjoy.

ZIP WORLD has offers 10 incredible activities in North Wales…

  • Blaenau Ffestiniog is where you will find Bounce Below (an underground trampoline experience), Zip World Caverns (an incredible, underground exploring activity) and Titan (first 4 people zip line).
  • Conwy Valley is home to Zip Safari (a series of  23 zip lines through the trees), Plummet (jump from a 100ft tower), Skyride (Europe’s highest 5 seater swing), Treetop Nets (nets suspended in trees 60ft above the ground to run around in), Fforest Coaster (an alpine coaster that runs throug the forest at exhilarating speeds) and Tree Hoppers (a woodland experience for younger ones).
  • Bangor is where you will find Velocity (the fastest zipline in the world and the longest in Europe).

SURF SNOWDONIA is an artificial surf lagoon where they create continuous and perfect waves. Perfect for beginners and those who are looking to improve. No waiting around for the next set of waves. At the centre, there is also a total wipeout waterwall, the ‘blob’ which will see you flying in the air, a soft play centre, a skate ramp and a couple of onsite restaurants/cafes

THE NATIONAL WHITE WATER CENTRE on the river Tryweryn in Bala offers one of the best places in the country to white water raft. The water levels are dam-controlled meaning its rapids still thunder down the river during the summer months so you will never be disappointed by the conditions.


The walks in the surrounding area are both incredible and numerous. Mud and Routes is a great resource to use if you are looking for inspiration as to where to go: MUD AND ROUTES.
If you are looking to tackle Snowdon, you might find this blog post useful: Our very own ‘REALLY SIMPLE WALKING GUIDE UP SNOWDON’


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!

Walking witht he kids


BEDDGELERT, NEWBOROUGH AND GWYDIR FORESTS: these parks and woodlands all have a host of walks and cycle paths available to you. They vary from 9km to 21km from Llanberis.
COED-Y-BRENIN is based just north of Dolgellau and 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.
BEICS BETWS is the place for hiring bikes.



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.


Stables Bistro Bar offers as you expect a bistro menu in a great environment.
Hanging Pizza offers great pizza.
Olif has Welsh tapas on the menu.


Conwy Falls Café was designed by Clough Ellis Williams (Portmeirion) and is a great place to retreat offering food and coffee.
The Alpine Coffee Bar is based on the station at Betws y coed and offers loose leaf tea’s, coffee, cake and great lunches – we love their loyalty card for dogs and the extensive array of produce for those with dietry requirments.
Cwmni Cacen Gri offer the best welsh cakes in Wales alongside other traditional cakes and yummy stuff!


Asha Balti House is a great Indian restaurant offering takeaway.
The Dragon Hotel offers Chinese food.
Hen Siop in the place to go for fish and chips
Cadwalader’s is the where you will find the best icecream




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 Y Coed itself and then most other high street banks are located a little further along in Llanrwst.


Llandudno Junction is the nearest place for the larger supermarkets like Tesco who will also deliver. There is a SPAR and LONDIS in the town itself.



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:
  • BETWS CARS – 01690 710143
  • JOHNS TAXIS – 01766 831781