The village of Betws-y-Coed is one of Snowdonia’s most-visited places. Its location in Snowdonia National Park and good transport connections to the towns of Conwy and Llandudno on the coast make it a great place to visit when staying in our Wales holiday homes for sale. There is so much to do in and around the town, from the thrilling Zip World attraction to dining out in style at one of the village’s popular eateries, but how much do you know about the picturesque village? Discover some fun facts below:
Swallow Falls, a stunning waterfall located about two miles from the village, is the most visited waterfall in Britain. It has become so popular you now need to pay a small entrance fee to view the water cascading down the rocks. However, it is certainly worth it to see this force of nature!
The majority of people who visit Betws-y-Coed do so for the incredible walking routes in the area. There are several, starting within the village that takes you to the lakes of Llyn Elsi, Llyn Geirionydd and Llyn Crafnant, walks along the river and it is an ideal base for long walks in Snowdonia National Park.
Betws-y-Coed has a few churches, one being St Michael’s. A 14th-century church, it is thought to be one of the oldest in Wales and is the oldest building in the village; it can be found among ancient yew trees, and inside is a medieval stone-carved effigy.
Ty Mawr, a traditional stone farmhouse dating to the 16th century is located near the village and was the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan, the first person to translate the entire Bible into Welsh. Today, the building houses a display of Welsh bibles.
In addition to the railway that runs past Betws-y-Coed from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog on the other side of Snowdonia, the village is also home to a miniature railway, part of the Conwy Valley Railway Museum. Several small gauge railways are running on short tracks that attract families from around the UK and a model shop.
Mysterious Ty Hyll
Three miles from Betws-y-Coed is Ty Hyll, which translates to the Ugly House, and its history is something of a mystery. One legend says the house was built in one night sometime in the 15th century; another says it was built by robbers and thieves, who took advantage of travellers passing the road, giving it an ‘ugly’ reputation. Today it is home to a tearoom and honeybee exhibition.
For more information about what to do while visiting Betws-y-Coed read our blog here, and take a look at some of our other fun fact guides below: