Betws y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales

Betws Y Coed is one of the jewels in Snowdonia’s crown and attracts visitors all year round. Being in a valley, surrounded by the dense Gwydyr Forest and mountains, it has a distinctly alpine feel.

It's a particularly attractive village with beautiful Victorian architecture, a stunning river walk along the Llugwy River and a range of good independent shops and cafes. Founded around a 6th-century monastery, its name means "prayer house in the woods". It developed as roads and railways improved and became a popular Victorian holiday destination. This legacy can still be seen today.

There are plenty of walking and mountain biking trails around the village and it is well situated to explore further afield into Snowdonia and down to the North Wales coast. Bodnant Garden, Zip World Fforest and the castles at Dolbadern, Conwy, Penrhyn and Caernarfon are all within a 30-minute drive.


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