Activities & Attractions in Betws-y-Coed

Betws-y-Coed's often referred to as the gateway to Snowdonia, Betws-y-Coed is the main village in the National Park. Surrounded by hidden valleys, lakes and deep forests, it is lucky to have some of the most stunning views on the planet. Having become one of the must see places to visit in North Wales, tourism in the area is booming but this doesn't mean you have to spend to enjoy the tranquil beauty of the village. Take a look at some of the free things you can do in Betws-y-Coed, just remember to pack your sense of adventure.

Zip World Fforest

In a stunning woodland setting nestled in the North Wales Conwy Valley, close to the iconic Snowdonia village of Betws y Coed, a host of forest adventures and foodie delights await. With adventures to keep the whole family busy all day, choose from the Fforest Coaster, the UK’s only alpine coaster of its kind, bouncing fun on Treetop Nets or zip line and adventure courses high in the trees on Tree Hoppers or Zip Safari – plus you could try Europe’s highest giant swing, Skyride, if you dare!.

Conwy Valley Railway Museum

Conwy Valley Railway Museum is full of vintage railway information and artefacts but with children in tow it won't be the main act! However kids will enjoy pushing the buttons to make the 5 model railways within the museum run around the track. A real ride on (rather than model) miniature railway takes you on a 10 minute trip around the beautifully landscaped grounds. If you are lucky you may see wild rabbits grazing, they're usually spotted near the pond. There is even a dark little tunnel for the train to go through which will thrill the smalls! Trains run every day from 10:30 to 16:30.

Go Below - An amazing subterranean sporting

If you've got an adventurer in the making and you've got the nerve to accompany them, you simply can't do better than Go Below! An amazing subterranean sporting experience that'll take in a series of exciting challenges including elements of abseiling, zip lining, scrambling, traversing, boating and climbing, all deep underground beneath Snowdonia! Kids 10 years old and over can undertake the Go Below challenge, a 5 hour long and pretty intense experience! You'll be fully guided and looked after as you cross zip lines and traverses, clamber up rock faces and waterfalls, boat across water at high speed and abseil off ledges! This is one experience the kids are never going to forget!

Ty Mawr Wybrnant - How the Welsh lived over the centuries

Transport to a place frozen in time with a visit to Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant, a historic stone-built farmhouse in North Wales. See firsthand how the Welsh lived over the centuries and enjoy breathtaking views of the beautiful Conwy Valley. Tŷ Mawr was the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan, the first translator of the Bible into Welsh. So, take the chance to introduce your kids to local history. You can also spend time in the Tudor Kitchen Garden to find out what plants and medicine were grown by the people of old.

Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden is the perfect place for a lazy morning or an afternoon walk. This delightful garden is a world-famous Welsh gem which draws lots of tourists every year. The garden is filled with beautiful spots all around - from intimate corners, to woodlands, sweeping lawns and grand terraces. Put your comfy shoes on, grab a bottle of water and wander around the paths until you’ve explored every corner of the garden. Kids can play and run around freely while you simply unwind, surrounded by stunning views and lush greenery. Need a breather? There are plenty of benches scattered around, so pick your spot, kick back and soak up the peaceful atmosphere.

Tree Top Adventure - High Ropes Course in Snowdonia near Betws-y-Coed

Tree Top Adventure is another great reason to visit the Conwy Valley. It is a great family adventure experience. This high ropes adventure course, with a lower-level section for younger explorers, is a truly year round attraction. If you want to really get your adrenaline pumping, have a go on the Power Fan Plummet or SkyRide.

The Slate Caverns - Blaenau Ffestiniog Nr Betws-y-Coed

Generations of families have had their lives defined by the mining industry. At Llechwedd Deep Mine, you have a chance to interact with their stories and to hear how every expedition was a gamble, as well as an adventure! Travel 500ft underground via cable railway into a stunningly recreated environment, with cutting edge enhanced technology. This means light projections, special effects and spectacle with projections over an underground lake! The journey takes around one and a half hours and you’ll learn loads about how this landscape was formed.