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Betws-y-Coed lies in the Snowdonia National Park, in a valley near the point where the River Conwy is joined by the River Llugwy and the River Lledr, and was founded around a monastery in the late sixth century.

The village grew very slowly with the development of the local lead mining industry. In 1815, the Waterloo Bridge built by Thomas Telford to carry the A5 road across the River Conwy and through the village, brought considerable transport-related development.

The village became a major coaching centre between Corwen (to the east) and Capel Curig (to the west) on the Irish Mail route from London to Holyhead, which led to the improvement of the roads south to Blaenau Ffestiniog and north to Llanrwst and Conwy.

Tourist Attractions around Betws-y-Coed

Capel Garmon Neolithic Chambers - holiday accommodation in Capel Garmon, Conwy County
Capel Garmon Neolithic Chambers | Capel Garmon

The Capel Garmon Burial Chamber is a neolithic burial chamber of the 3rd millennium BC. It is located in a farmer's field near Betws y Coed high above the Conwy Valley and there are wonderful views of Snowdonia.

Go Below Underground Adventures - holiday accommodation in Betws-y-Coed, Conwy County
Go Below Underground Adventures | Betws-y-Coed

Totally different! Totally exhilarating! Underground Adventure Trips in the abandoned mines of Snowdonia. Get in on the Caving action for some serious subterranean fun! Give us a ring to book your place! Or you can now also check availability and book Online! Adventure Starts Where Daylight Ends...

Conwy Falls | Betws-y-Coed

the rivers Conwy and Machno, tumble through a wooded gorge. There are woodland walks where you can enjoy a wealth of wildlife, and a Fish Pass to aid the migration of salmon and sea trout upstream to their breeding grounds. The remains of the old Victorian salmon ladder can also be seen. Cafe and restaurant.

Swallow Falls | Betws-y-Coed

Swallow Falls is the highest continuous waterfall in Wales. The falls are set on the River Llugwy two miles west of Betws-y-Coed along the A5 to Capel Curig, in the beautiful Gwydir Forest.