Betws y Coed

Pont-y-pair Bridge and Afon Llugwy

Betws y Coed (meaning Chapel in the Woods) is a village in Conwy, and one of the primary tourist resorts in the Snowdonia National Park. The village claims to be Wales' most popular inland tourist resort. The name is often abbreviated to "Betws" or even "BYC".

Get in

By car

Betws y Coed is on the historic A5 London to Holyhead trunk road, but is also accessible via the A470 from Llandudno.

By train

Betws 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 bus

Betws y Coed is served by Bws Gwynedd services:

In effect bus travel to/from Betws y Coed is not easily manageable; many buses run only on certain days, dates or periods, especially in summer. And times are not evenly distributed—at some times there may be 3 buses to Llanrwst in one hour and then 2 hours before the next one goes. On Sundays there are almost no buses except the S2.

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.

Get around

As the village itself is quite small it is easiest to get around on foot. The S2 bus can be used to get to the westernnmost part of town as well as to the Swallow Falls Hotel complex, the Ty y Hyll trailhead and Capel Curig. Many places, however, cannot be reached by public transport at all, so a car is very handy. A bike is also useful but it must be suitable for hilly terrain.

See

Swallow Falls

Do

Betws y Coed's location in the heart of Snowdonia's mountains means that many visitors are here for hillwalking, mountain biking and climbing.

Buy

There are a number of outdoor clothing and equipment shops and also some shops selling local crafts. Comparative to the size of the village the number of outdoor clothing and equipment shops is large (5–6), but otherwise there is nothing special to get which can't be purchased in similar shops otherwise. A few shops sell slate specialty products and souvenirs, but in general Llanberis (Welsh Slate Museum) and Blaenau Ffestiniog (Llechwed Slate Caverns) are better choices for slate.

Eat

Compared to the number of hotels and B&Bs and the number of visitors seen on a summer weekend, there are relatively few restaurants—most of them part of a hotel, and most of them serve only classic English/Welsh food or have a bar menu. There is one Chinese restaurant and one Indian.

Sleep

Royal Oak Hotel

Relative to the size of the village there is a huge number of hotels and B&Bs—you get the impression that more than every second house is some form of accommodation. Amongst others are:

Camping

There are many campsites in the area, especially on the road to Capel Curig. One large camping site next to the railway museum.

Hostels

Landmark Trust

Ty Uchaf

The Landmark Trust renovates vulnerable historic properties and makes them available as self-catering accommodation. The Trust has three properties at Rhiwddolion, a "ghost village" in the wooded hills to the southwest of Betws y Coed. These isolated but idyllic properties can only be approached by car via a forest drive and thence by walking, and they must be booked in advance via the Trust. The buildings are simply furnished with basic kitchen facilities and comfortable sleeping accommodation. Prices vary according to the season and length of stay.

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