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Welcome to Betws-y-Coed - the gateway to Eryri (Snowdonia). A vibrant village encircled by the rugged Gwydir Forest, giving it a strong Alpine character. Here, you will find an extensive network of hiking and biking trails, countless historical landmarks, and an excellent choice of shops and restaurants. With something for everyone, this unique location attracts visitors all year round.

Snowdonia has become known as the adventure capital of the UK for walkers, bikers, climbers and adrenaline junkies! The region's world-class attractions and mountainous terrain provide plenty of options for thrill-seekers and adventure enthusiasts. The renowned Gwydir Mawr & Bach (formerly the Marin) bike trail, Zip World Fforest and Swallow Falls are just some of the must-see attractions right on our doorstep. 

History lovers will not be disappointed either, as Betws-y-Coed boasts the 14th-century St. Michael's Old Church, Thomas Telford's Waterloo Bridge and the Conwy Valley Railway Museum. Venture further into North Wales to discover many of the country’s impressive castles and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Several exquisite gardens and the Italianate village at Portmeirion must be explored.

When it comes to delicious food and drink, visitors are spoiled for choice. A fantastic selection of restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as a pizzeria, sweet shop, ice cream parlour and bakery, are all centrally located in Betws-y-Coed. Most eateries use locally sourced ingredients in their dishes, and our village pubs host a wide selection of craft beers from local microbreweries.

Forgot your walking gear? Outdoor clothing and equipment stores are in abundance; you will find everything you need for your adventures. With plenty of independent boutiques and galleries, Betws-y-Coed is a shoppers' paradise; you are sure to find a remarkable souvenir to take home and cherish.


Walking and Hiking around Betws-y-Coed and Snowdonia

Betws-y-Coed and the surrounding area offers a plethora of walking trails for visitors of all ages. Picturesque river walks to challenging mountain treks.
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Gwydir Mawr and Bach: A Mountain Biker's Paradise in North Wales

Looking for an adrenaline-fueled mountain biking experience in North Wales? Look no further than the Gwydir Mawr and Bach Bike Trails
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Exploring the Majesty of Conwy Castle: A Journey Through Welsh History

Discover the majesty of Conwy Castle whilst staying at Hendre Rhys Gethin. Immerse yourself in Welsh history and culture as you journey through time.
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Discover the natural beauty of Geirionydd Lake in the Gwydir Forest

Explore Geirionydd Lake in Snowdonia National Park - the only lake in North Wales for power boating & water skiing. Enjoy nature, hiking and wildlife.
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Exploring Llandudno Town: A Perfect Day Trip from Hendre Rhys Gethin

Discover Llandudno, a charming seaside town in North Wales. With its stunning sea views, elegant Victorian architecture and a wide range of attractions
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Zip World Fforest: An Adventure Park on the outskirts of Betws y Coed

Zip World Fforest is a must-visit adventure park in North Wales, offering a range of exciting activities from tree-top adventures to a forest coaster
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Scaling the Summit: A Guide to the Different Routes up Snowdon

Looking to scale the highest mountain in Wales? Check out our guide to the different routes up Snowdon, from the scenic Miners to tough Crib Goch
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The Fascinating World of Railways at the Conwy Valley Railway Museum

Ride on the miniature railway and discover vintage carriages and an extensive collection of railway memorabilia at the Conwy Valley Railway Museum
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Zip World Llechwedd: The Ultimate Underground Adventure Park in Snowdonia

Discover underground Trampolines, Caverns, Crazy Golf and Zip lines in these all weather adrenaline-fueled attractions at Zip World Slate Caverns
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Exploring the History of Welsh Slate at the National Slate Museum

Discover the fascinating history of Welsh slate at the National Slate Museum, Llanberis. Live demonstration, largest water wheel on the mainland etc.
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Discover the fascinating history of Penrhyn Castle

Discover the fascinating history of Penrhyn a neo-Norman Castle. From it's controversial past, enslaved labour, sugar plantations and the quarry.
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Exploring the Timeless Charm of Conwy Town

Explore Conwy Town's attractions with our detailed guide. Discover medieval history, unique shops, fine dining, and vibrant festivals for a perfect day out
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As Hendre Rhys Gethin is situated a short walk from the centre of the village, you can quickly escape back to the tranquillity of your luxury lodge or holiday cottage. So, whether you want a restful retreat or an active adventure, we can meet your every need!


  • Swallow Falls [starting in Betws-y-Coed]
  • Llyn Elsi [starting in Betws-y-Coed]
  • Fairy Glen Gorge [starting in Betws-y-Coed]
  • Moel Siabod from Capel Curig [10 minutes by car]
  • Llyn Parc [15 minutes by car]
  • Y Glyderau [20 minutes by car]
  • Y Wyddfa (Snowdon) [25 minutes by car]
  • Gelert’s Grave, Beddgelert [30 minutes by car]


  • Gwydir Mawr & Bach (formerly The Marin Trail)
  • Gwydir Forest Park
  • Penmachno MTB Trail
  • Beics Betws (bike hire)
  • Snowdonia Bikes Llanrwst (bike hire)

Climbing & Adventure Sports

  • North Wales Active (canyon adventure, rock climbing, gorge walking, abseiling, guided courses)
  • Go Below (underground adventures, zip-lining, boating, abseiling)
  • Seren Ventures (rock climbing, abseiling, gorge scrambling, coasteering, guided courses)
  • Zip World Fforest (Fforest coaster, Skyride 2, Zip Safari 2, Plummet 2, treetop nets, tree hoppers)
  • Craig Dinas (rock climbing spot)
  • Plas Y Brenin (rock climbing, abseiling, paddleboarding, kayaking, mountain skills)
  • Adventure Parc Snowdonia (surfing, inflatable aqua park, zipline, pump track, ninja course, high ropes)
  • Zip World Slate Caverns (Bounce Below, Titans 2, Big Red, caverns, underground golf, deep mine tour)
  • Zip World Penrhyn Quarry (Velocity 2 zip line, quarry karts, quarry flyer, quarry tour) 
  • Llandudno Ski and Snowboard Centre (artificial skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, tubing, mini golf)
  • Beacon Climbing Centre (indoor climbing)


  • Betws-y-Coed Angling Club [0.4 miles]
  • Gwydyr Fishery [0.4 miles]
  • Llyn Elsi [0.5 miles]

Heritage & Culture

  • Pont-y-Pair Bridge [1 mile]
  • St. Michael’s Old Church [1 mile]
  • Conwy Valley Railway Museum [1 mile]
  • Waterloo Bridge [1 mile]
  • Tŷ Hyll (Ugly House) [3 miles]
  • Gwydir Castle [3.5 miles]
  • Bodnant Gardens [12 miles]
  • Conwy Castle – UNESCO World Heritage Site [15 miles]
  • Welsh Mountain Zoo [17 miles]
  • The Great Orme, Llandudno [20 miles]
  • Pili Palas Nature World [23 miles]
  • Portmeirion [22 miles]
  • Plas Newydd [24 miles]
  • Beaumaris Castle – UNESCO World Heritage Site [24 miles]
  • Harlech Castle – UNESCO World Heritage Site [26 miles]
  • Caernarfon Castle – UNESCO World Heritage Site [27 miles]
  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen – UNESCO World Heritage Site [36 miles]

Check out our interactive map below highlighting some of our family's favourite locations and attractions in the surrounding area. Enlarge the map to give the option of filtering specific categories of your interest.


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