Why Betws-y-Coed Should Be On Your North Wales Bucket List

Betws-y-Coed is a village in the Conwy Valley, dubbed the ‘Gateway to Snowdonia’. The wonderful village has an Alpine feel, enhanced by the mountains and forests surrounding it, and it is the perfect place to enjoy the best of North Wales.

Our Wales holiday homes for sale are in the perfect location for a day out – or two – in Betws-y-Coed, where you can have a mini adventure with family and friends. There are lovely independent shops in the village for some shopping, and there are lots of outdoor attraction for you to try.

Get Your Adrenaline Pumping

On the doorstep of Betws-y-Coed is Zip Fforest, with amazing views of the Conwy Valley. Take a zip-line journey 60ft through the forest canopy, or a 100ft freefall from Plummet Tower. And if you really want to get the blood pumping, why not climb aboard Skyride, the highest giant swing in Europe. If you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground, pay a visit to North Wales Active, who have over 20 years of mountaineering and climbing experience. They can advise on the best locations for walking, climbing and abseiling.

Immerse in Nature

Being on the edge of Snowdonia, there is a lot of wildlife and nature to throw yourself into near Betws-y-Coed. One place you won’t want to miss is Gwydyr Forest Park, which covers 28 square miles. There are signed walking trails which allow visitors to explore the landscape of lakes, mountains and forests and learn about the area’s history in mining. In addition to the gorgeous scenery, there are some hidden natural gems to seek out, one being Swallow Falls on the River Llugwy. Approach it along the northern bank for a dramatic view of the falls. Remember to have sturdy footwear and a camera when exploring the natural landscape near the village.

Delightful Food and Drink

Everywhere you go in North Wales, you can find some fantastic places to dine, serving up some delicious food and drink. Betws-y-Coed is no different. You may be surprised to find non-Welsh food, but the tapas bar Olif is Spanish food with a Welsh twist! Food is sourced locally, other than olives – there is even Welsh chorizo! If you fancy something you are more familiar with, then head to Hangin’ Pizzeria. Their traditional Italian-style pizzas are indulge-worthy, and a percentage of their profits are donated to charities. However, if you do want some traditional Welsh food, then Cwmni Cacan Gri can help you out. They serve traditional Welshcakes, but also ones with a twist, adding chocolate mint, cherry and almond and cranberry and white chocolate. Better yet, they are all served ‘griddle fresh’!

Explore Underground

North Wales has something different than the rest of the UK; an underground cave big enough to abseil in, with a zip line and underground lake for boating. Go Below is like nothing you have seen before, and there are several challenges you can take, lasting a few hours or all day, depending on age and ability. The caves you are exploring are the abandoned mines of Snowdonia, exactly as the miners left them. As you journey through the mines, you will come across deep blue lakes, lofty caverns and long forgotten mining machinery. The adventures include abseiling, zip lining, scrambling, boating and climbing. The minimum age for the challenges is 10 years.

Relax on a Train

For those who don’t fancy an action-packed day out at Betws-y-Coed, they can take it easy on the Conwy Valley Railway. The station at Betws-y-Coed is special, being the only station in the UK with a footbridge spanning three different gauges of track. You can take the mile-long miniature steam railway or the one-third full-size tramcar along the Conwy Valley rail-line around 27 miles, and kids are sure to love it too! Along the route, a breath-taking range of scenery unfolds before you, from historic castles, the estuary rich in wildlife and gentle slopes giving way to majestic mountains.

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