Welcome to Betws-y-Coed

link to welsh translationWelcome to Betws-y-Coed

Tourists have been captivated by Betws-y-Coed for more than two centuries, thanks to its beautiful setting between two rivers, with steep wooded hills as backdrop. As you wander around the town, you’ll see green HistoryPoints labels in windows or beside features of historical interest, which we call HiPoints. Scan the QR barcodes for information about each feature.

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Here are some HiPoints we think you’ll like – click on the name for information and a location map:

The life-sized effigy of a knight that has been in St Michael’s Church since c.1370

A 500-year-old bridge named after the cauldron-like appearance of the water below

The hotel where the Betws-y-Coed artists' colony was founded in 1844

The former stable block for horses that once pulled tourist coaches up gruelling hills

Details of the area's war dead

Click here for a general map of Betws-y-Coed


And some HiPoints a little further afield for you:

Almshouses built for the poor in 1610 – the last tenant didn’t leave till 1976

An hotel earmarked by MI5 for double agents during the Second World War

An ancient bridge nicknamed the “bridge of swearing”

The former Royal Hotel (where Queen Victoria stayed) - training mountaineering leaders since 1955

Discover the names of some of Snowdonia's highest peaks - and hear them pronounced