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Conwy Falls near Betws-y-Coed. Image © Zyggy1978

Betws-y-Coed is a village in the county borough of Conwy, within the traditional borders of Caernarfonshire, north Wales. It lies in the Snowdonia region and on the River Conwy and River Llugwy. The name means "chapel in the wood".

The village was founded around a monastery in the late sixth century, and grew very slowly around the lead mining industry. In 1815, the Waterloo Bridge was constructed by Thomas Telford, bringing the future A5 road through the village and spurring further development.

The village has a large village green which is the playing field for the local football team. The green is bounded on one side by the A5 Trunk Road with 19th Century buildings including the parish church of St. Mary, shops and hotels. On the opposite side is Betws-y-Coed railway station with cafes and tourist shops and a car park.

Attractions in the village include two museums, the Miners' Bridge and the fourteenth century church of St. Michael. The River Conwy flowing through the village provides further attractions including the Fairy Glen, the Conwy Fish pass and waterfalls including the Pont-y-Pair Falls and Conwy Falls. The village is also a centre for outdoor pursuits and lies near the Gwydyr Forest.

During the summer, Bishop Vesey's Grammar School from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, arrange trips with their first year pupils to a house there known as "Vesey House". Each group of pupils stay for about 5 days and activities include climbing Snowdon and walking in Snowdonia as well as trips to Harlech Castle and its beach.
For more information see: http://www.betws-y-coed.co.uk/


 Trains in Betws-y-Coed: Betws-y-Coed is on the Conwy Valley Line


 Youth Hostels in Betws-y-Coed: Betws-y-Coed


 Museums in Betws-y-Coed: Conwy Valley Railway Museum


 Golf in Betws-y-Coed:
 Betws-y-Coed Golf Club
       The Clubhouse
       Ffordd Hen Eglwys
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0AL
 01690 710556


 Tourist Information Centres in Betws-y-Coed:

 Telephone:

01690 710426

 Fax:

01690 710665

 Email:

[email protected]

 Address:

Royal Oak Stables
Betws y Coed
Conwy
LL24 0AH

 Hours:

Winter 7 Days 9:30 - 16:30
Summer
7 Days  10.00 - 18.00


 Pubs/Bars in Betws-y-Coed:
 The Glan Aber Hotel
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0AB
 01690 710325

 Gwydyr Hotel
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-Y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0AB
 01690 710777

 The Royal Oak Hotel
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-Y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0AY

 The Stables
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-Y-Coed
       Conwy
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0AY
 01690 710011

 Swallow Falls Hotel
       Caen Y Coed
       Betws-Y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0DW
 01690 710796

 Ty Gwyn Hotel
       Betws-Y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0SG
 01690 710383

 Waterloo Hotel
       Betws-Y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0AR
 01690 710411


 Hotels in Betws-y-Coed:
 The Court House
       Ffordd Hen Eglwys
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0AL
 01690 710534

 Craig-y-Dderwen Riverside Hotel
       Betws y Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0AS
 01690 710293
 
 Cross Keys
       Hollyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0BN
 01690 710334

 Fairhaven Hotel
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0AY
 01690 710307

 Fairy Glen Hotel
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0SH
 01690 710269

 Glan Aber Hotel
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0AB
 01690 710325

 Gwydyr Hotel
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0AB
 01690 710777
 [email protected]
 http://www.gwydyrhotel.co.uk/

 Park Hill Hotel
       Llanrwst Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0HD
 01690 710540

 Penmachno Hall
       Penmachno
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0PU
 01690 760410
 [email protected]
 http://www.penmachnohall.co.uk/

 Pengwern Country House
       Allt Dinas
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0HF
 01690 710480
 01690 710480
 [email protected]
 http://www.snowdoniaaccommodation.co.uk/

 Plas Derwen Hotel
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0AY
 01690 710388

 Pont Y Pair Hotel
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0BN
 01690 710407

 Royal Oak Hotel
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0AY
 01690 710219
 [email protected]
 http://www.royaloakhotel.net/

 Swallow Falls Hotel
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0DW
 01690 710796
  [email protected]
 http://www.swallowfallshotel.co.uk/

 Tan Y Foel Country House
       Capel Garmon
       Betws-y-Coed
       Llanrwst
       Conwy
       LL26 0RE
 01690 710507
 [email protected]
  http://www.tyfhotel.co.uk/

 Ty Gwyn Hotel
       London Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0SG
 01690 710383
 [email protected]
  http://www.tygwynhotel.co.uk/

 Waterloo Hotel
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0AR
 01690 710411


 B&B's/Guesthouses:
 Aberconwy House
       Lon Muriau
       Llanrwst Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0HD
 01690 710202
 [email protected]
 http://www.aberconwy-house.co.uk

 The Acorns (B&B)
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0AR
 01690 710395
 [email protected]
 http://www.betws-y-coed-breaks.co.uk/

 Afon Gwyn Country House
       Coed Celyn Farm
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0SH
 01690 710442
 01690 710442
 [email protected]
 http://guest-house-betws-y-coed.com

 Bod Hyfryd (Guest House)
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0BN
 01690 710220
 [email protected]
 http://www.betws-y-coed.net/

 Bridge View
       Old Church Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0AL
 01690 710127

 Brin Bella Guest House
       Lon Muriau
       Llanrwst Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0HD
 01690 710627

 Bron Celyn Guest House
       Ln Muriau
       Llanrwst Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0HD
 01690 710333
 [email protected]

 Bryn Afon Guest House
       Pentre Felin
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0BB
 01690 710403
 [email protected]
 http://www.bryn-afon.co.uk

 Bryn Bella Guest House
       Lon Muriau
       Llanrwst Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0HD
 01690 710627
 [email protected]
 http://www.bryn-bella.co.uk

 Bryn Llewelyn Guest House
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0BN
 01690 710601
 [email protected]
 http://www.bryn-llewelyn.co.uk

 Church Hill House
       Vicarage Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0AD
 01690 710447
 [email protected]
 http://www.church-hill-house.co.uk

 Coed Y Fron (Guest House)
       Vicarage Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0AD
 01690 710365
 [email protected]
 http://www.coed-y-fron.co.uk/

 Dolgethin House (Guest House)
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0BN
 01690 710241
 [email protected]

 Dolweunydd (Guest House)
       Pentre Du
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0BY
 01690 710693
 http://www.snowdonia-dolweunydd.co.uk/

 Fairhaven Bed & Breakfast
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0AY
 01690 710307
 [email protected]
 http://www.fairhaven-snowdonia.co.uk/

 Fairy Glen Hotel
       Pont-yr-Afanc
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0SH
 01690 710269
 [email protected]
 http://www.fairyglenhotel.co.uk/

 The Ferns Guest House
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0AN
 01690 710587
 [email protected]
 http://www.ferns-guesthouse.co.uk

 Fron Heulog Country House
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0BL
 01690 710736
 01690 710920
 [email protected]
 http://www.fronheulog.co.uk

 Garth Dderwen
       Vicarage Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0AD
 01690 710491
 01690 710491
 [email protected]
 http://www.garth-dderwen.co.uk

 Glenwood
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0BN
 01690 710508
 01690 710508
 http://www.glenwood-cottage.co.uk

 Glyntwrog House
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0SG
 01690 710930
 01690 710930
 [email protected]
 http://www.glyntwrogsnowdonia.co.uk

 Gorphwysfa House (B&B)
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0BY
 01690 710401
 [email protected]
 http://www.gorphwysfa-house.co.uk/

 Grove House (B&B)
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0AN
 01690 710347/07805 207635
 [email protected]

 Henllys
       The Courthouse
       Old Church Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0AL
 01690 710534
 [email protected]
 http://www.guesthouse-snowdonia.co.uk

 Llwyn Onn Guest House
       Rhydlydan
       Pentrefoelas
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0TW
 01690 770124
 [email protected]
 http://www.llwynonnguesthouse.co.uk/

 The Lion Inn
       Gwytherin
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL22 8UU
 01745 860123
 [email protected]
 http://www.thelioninn.net

 Maes Y Fedwen (B&B)
       Lon Muriau
       Llanrwst Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0HD
 01690 710252
 [email protected]

 Mairlys Guest House
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0AN
 01690 710190
 01690 710190
 [email protected]

 Mount Garmon View Guest House
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0AN
 01690 710335
 [email protected]
 http://www.mount-garmon.co.uk

 The Park Hill (Guest House)
       Llanrwst Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0HD
 01690 710540
 [email protected]
 http://www.park-hill.co.uk/

 Rose Hill B&B
       Lon Muriau
       Llanrwst Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0HD
 01690 710455
 [email protected]
 http://www.rosehill-snowdonia.co.uk

 The Stables Lodge
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0AY
 01690 710219
 01690 710603
 [email protected]
 http://www.4lodgeaccommodation.com

 Tyn-Y-Bryn Guest House
       Tyn y Bryn
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0BL
 01690 710273

 Ty Gwyn Hotel
       London Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0SG
 01690 710383
 01690 710383
 [email protected]
 http://www.tygwynhotel.co.uk

 Tyn-Y-Fron
       Lon Muriau
       Betws-y-Coed
       Conwy
       LL24 0HD
 01690 710449
 01690 710449
 [email protected]
 http://www.tynyfron.org.uk


 Restaurants in Betws-y-Coed:
 Spinnaker Ltd (Seafood)
       Station Approach
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0AE
 01690 710626

 Talking Point Bistro (British)
       Bryn Tawel
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0BN
 01690 710957

 Three Gables
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0AY
 01690 710328


 Cafes in Betws-y-Coed:
 Caban Way Pair Cafe
       Caban Way
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0BN
 01690 710505

 Cadwalader Ice Cream (Ice Cream Parlour)
       Carlton House
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0BA
 01690 710889

 Cafe Active
       Arfon House
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0AP
 01690 710999

 Tan Lan
       Holyhead Road
       Betws-y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0AB
 01690 710232


 Taxis in Betws-y-Coed:
 Betws Cars
       3 Bwlch Y Maen
       Betws-Y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0DN
       01690 710143

 Betws Private Hire
       Tyn Y Coed
       Betws-Y-Coed
       Gwynedd
       LL24 0BD
       01690 710486


Sheep near the Fairy Glen, Betws-Y-Coed


The mines of Betws y Coed


Bettws-Y-Coed, or Bettws-Wyrion-Iddon - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
BETTWS-Y-COED, or BETTWS-WYRION-IDDON, a parish, in the union of Llanrwst, hundred of Nantconway, county of Carnarvon, North Wales, 3 miles (s.) from Llanrwst, on the road to Holyhead; containing 451 inhabitants. This parish derives its name from an ancient religious establishment, called Bettws Wyrion Iddon, or "the bead-house of the children of Iddon," on the site of which the present church was built. It was formerly only a township in the parish of Llanrhychwyn, from which it was separated in the sixteenth century. The village is delightfully situated in a vale, surrounded on all sides by the Carnarvonshire and Denbighshire mountains, and near the confluence of the rivers Conway and Llugwy. Across the former of these rivers, about half a mile above the church, is an iron bridge of one noble arch, beautifully ornamented with the rose, thistle, and shamrock, with an inscription in Roman capitals, purporting that it was constructed in the year in which the battle of Waterloo was fought, and thence called Waterloo bridge. Over the latter river is a bridge of singular construction, called Ponty-Pair, or the Cauldron Bridge, consisting of four arches, resting upon masses of rugged precipitous rocks of romantic appearance, which in high floods exhibit below the bridge several cataracts of striking beauty. This picturesque structure was projected and partly raised by one Howel, a mason from PenllYn, who, about the year 1468, had previously erected a bridge over the Lledr. His passage across that stream having been obstructed by a flood, whilst on his journey to Conway, to attend the assizes, he removed to the spot, and built the bridge at his own expense, receiving no other remuneration than the voluntary donations of travellers. He then removed to this place, where he commenced Pont-y-Pair bridge, but died before its completion. The scenery here consists of rocky mountains, in the fissures of which are to be seen trees of stately growth; and the whole neighbourhood abounds with strikingly magnificent and finely contrasted features.

The three rivers, Conway, Llugwy, and Lledr, unite within the parish, and, in their course through the mountainous districts, form the numerous and majestic cataracts for which Bettws is celebrated. Of these, the principal are the falls of the Conway and Llugwy. The first river, rushing with impetuosity through rocks of tremendous height, which contract the passage of the waters, after descending from a great elevation, forms four smaller falls, which are seen in succession from the same spot; and just below the junction of the Conway and the Lledr is a deep, wide, and still piece of water, called LlYn-yr-Avanc, or "the beavers' pool," from its being the resort of the beaver, the skin of which was anciently prized more highly than that of the ermine. About two miles from the village is the cataract of Rhaiadr-yWenol, or "the waterfall of the swallow," formed by the river Llugwy, which, after pursuing its course for some distance in a straight rocky channel, along narrow meadows inclosed by mountains of majestic elevation, falls into a hollow of amazing depth, the sides and summit of which are shaded with trees that have taken root in the fissures of the rocks. The whole of the neighbouring mountains abound with lead-ore, but none of the mines have been worked for some time: a few of the inhabitants are engaged in spinning woollen yarn and knitting stockings. A considerable variety of quartz crystal, of a beautiful whiteness, is found in the parish. Fairs are held annually on May 15th and December 3rd.

The living is a perpetual curacy, endowed with 800 royal bounty, and 200 parliamentary grant; net income, 101; patron, the Bishop of Bangor; impropriator, Lord Willoughby de Eresby, whose tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of 50. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is a small but interesting edifice, romantically situated near the confluence of the Conway and Llugwy. Among other ancient monuments, it contains an altar-tomb to the memory of Grufydd ab Davydd Gch, son to Davydd Gch, natural son of Davydd, brother of Llewelyn the last prince of Wales, on which is a recumbent effigy in plate armour, with an inscription in a very perfect state: this beautiful relic, which is the production of the thirteenth century, is injudiciously concealed by the erection of a pew over the monument. There are places of worship for Calvinistic Methodists and others. A Church school, open to all the poor children of the parish, was founded in 1821, by Lord Willoughby de Eresby, who contributes 10 per annum towards its support; the master receives in addition fees from the scholars amounting to about 9, and has a house and garden rent-free. There are also two Sunday schools, both connected with the dissenters, and one of them containing as many as 280 adults and children. The interest of a bequest of 10 by Evan Evans in 1780, is distributed among the poor at Christmas.



 

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