There are four principal public galleries in North Wales, the oldest being that of the Royal Camrian Academy in Conwy. In 1881, when the RCA was constituted by Queen Victoria, Betws-y-Coed was at the peak of it's fame as home to large numbers of professional and amateur artists. Snowdonia has a long tradition of inspiring world renowned artists and continues to draw and inspire emerging artists who are invited to exhibit at the RCA - find out more at;
The other noted galleries are Storiel in ... read more
Fairy Glen One of the principal natural attractions of the village, and where Wuhelmina Stitch, "waits and waits, to see the fairy men.
Located only a short distance from Beaver bridge, a combination of rapids and cascades on the Conwy river are chanelled into a narrow ravine presenting an impressive and dramatic scene. Wooded banks and rock walls clothed with vegetation add to the charm. Fairy Glen is reached by a path from Fairy Glen Hotel beside the A470. ... read more
The locality's claim to angling fame is in having not only good runs of salmon but also excellent runs of sea trout (sewin); this implies that if river levels are too low or the weather too bright for successful salmon or sewin fishing during the day, there are, at least, reasonable prospects for sewin fishing at night. ... read more
Needless to say, Snowdonia dominates the view from nearly every course in the north west but the area's unrivalled collection of castles also contributes to the spectacular background. There's been a course near Anglesey's Beaumaris Castle for a century and a famous one near the classic turrets of Conwy Castle for even longer. ... read more
Does Betws-y-Coed hold the record as the most incorrectly spelled place name in the world?
All these various ways of spelling Betws-y-Coed have been used by visitors to www.betws-y-coed.co.uk in the last 12 months. Names were only used if 3 or more visitors used it and the visitor looked at more than one page on the website. There are a total of 364 Those below are a small sample to see the full list
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The construction of Betws-y-Coed railway station in 1868, heralding the arrival of the railway line from Llandudno Junction railway station, resulted in a marked population growth. ... read more
Whether you are interested in gentle rides to explore the local history and hidden valleys of the region or desire a challenging epic ride, which offers glorious views of Snowdonia, there is something here to suit the needs and desires of everyone. ... read more
SWALLOW FALLS (RHAEADR EWYNNOL) This waterfall on the Afon Llugwy has become a familiar natural celebrity over the past 100 years and has featured on film, postcard and canvas. While its principal viewpoints are situated on the south bank of the Llugwy with the convenience of ample parking along the A5 and within the hotel car park, it is observed far more dramatically if approached on foot along the northern bank. ... read more
It was not until the 1770's that the fashion for painting in Wales became widespread. In 1771, Sir Watkins Williams-Wynn who owned the estate of Wynnstay near Ruabon invited the English artist Paul Sandby to travel with him around North Wales. The drawings that Sandby produced were published five years later and inspired by his example many leading artists of the 18th and 19th Centuries came in his footsteps. ... read more
Gwydir Trekking and Riding Centre is situated amongst the superb scenery of the Snowdonia National Park and offers delightful rides in and around the Gwydir Forest. They have a large selection of horses and ponies to suit complete novices to expert riders.
Situated 4 miles away from Betws-y-Coed the centre has been operating since 1973 and offers pony trekking, lessons or extended trail rides from half to full days
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