In a nutshell. Bustling mountain resort at the gateway to Snowdonia.

It’s not just the busy shops, selling everything from outdoor gear to quality crafts, which attract visitors. Betws-y-Coed came into being in the first place thanks to the early Victorian travellers who relished its beautiful wooded setting at the convergence of four rushing rivers. And it’s this location, largely unchanged since those times, that’s the real magnet.

It’s also a full-on mountain resort with all kinds of attractions and activities. There’s a railway museum and Tree Top Adventure Centre (the name is a clue to the dizzy things you can get up to here). For more woodland forays you can go walking, riding and mountain biking in the glades of the Gwydyr Forest. Other outdoor activities include canyoning and scrambling – and if you want subterranean adrenaline thrills there are these too, at the nearby Go Below mine exploring experience.

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Distance from Conwy:
18 miles – 30 minutes by car/coach.

Public Transport:
19 bus from Conwy or Conwy Valley Railway Line from Llandudno Junction