Location Betws-y-Coed is located in Conwy County Burough. Conwy County Burough is located in North Wales. Gwydyr Forest is near Betws-y-Coed. It is the main northern centre for the Snowdonia National Park. The A5 highway runs directly through the town. Map of region Gwydyr Forest
Local People The locals speak Welsh and use the £ for currency. They use bilingual signs to invite tourists in. The main street is called the Holyhead Road. Welsh Flag Bilingual Street Sign
History Neolithic people lived in Betws-y-Coed before 2,000 B.C. In 2,000 B.C., Spaniards (called Beaker Folk) sailed into the Betws-y-Coed region without disturbing the Neolithic people. Celts (called Britons) came into this part of Wales in 600 B.C., and brought iron work and improved agriculture. Betws-y-Coed later became part of the Kingdom of Gwynned until the 12th century.
History Before the 19th century, Betws-y-Coed did not have much tourism. There were mainly only coal mines. After the start of railroads, people flocked to Betws-y-Coed for its beauty and small town feel. Artists like David Cox and JMW Turner, came to Betws-y-Coed to paint landscapes. Conwy Castle, Wales by JMW Turner Bettws-y-Coed Church, North Wales By David Cox
Bridges Pont-y-Pair Bridge was built in 1468, and is located in the Gwydyr Forest. Another famous bridge in Betws-y-Coed is the Waterloo Bridge. It is part of the A5 that goes through the town. It has an inscription on it saying, “This arch was constructed in the same year the battle of Waterloo was fought." Pont-y-Pair Bridge Waterloo Bridge
Map of Betws-y-Coed
DAY ONE Snowdonia National Park Lunch St. Michael’s Church St. Mary’s Parish Church Conwy Railway Museum Dinner Check into Hotel
Snowdonia National Park Arrive in Snowdonia National Park around 8 a.m. and rent a bicycle. £ 5.00 Ride on the Traffic-Free trail, LlynBrenig. 10 miles long
Lunch Ty Gwyn Hotel 16th Century coach house Near Snowdonia national park Theme Nights Our meal: Home-made Fresh Foie Gras, Cognac, Sun blushed Tomato & Asparagus Terrine, Spicy Mushroom Pickle £5.50 Dining Room in Ty Gwyn Hotel Outside view from Ty Gwyn
St. Michael’s Church It is the oldest building in Betws-y-Coed. It was built in the 14th century. Only has church service twice a year, although it is open year-round. Free!
St. Mary’s Parish Church Stands across from St. Michael’s Church. It was built in 1873. Free!
Conwy Railway Museum Admission: £1.50 Electric Tram Electric Tram Ride
Dinner Waterloo Hotel 1815 Contemporary Bridge Fresh produce Fine wine and lagers Our meal: Roast Leg of Welsh Farm Assured Lamb, Vegetables and New Potatoes £8.50 Dining Room in Waterloo Hotel
Hotel The Courthouse The majority of the individually styled and decorated guest bedrooms were formerly judges' chambers and magistrates' rooms. The building once served as the towns police station & magistrates court Single Room and Breakfast Add Breakfast menu Kelsey: £35
Day Two Snowdon Mountain Railway Lunch at Bodnant Garden Visit Bodnant Garden Welsch Mountain Zoo Dinner at The Dragon B&B & Chinese Restaurant
Snowdon Mountain Railway Ticket Itinerary
The Summit of Snowdon from the Miners Track
Photo Gallery of Snowdon Mountain Railway 1. 1. The Summit of Snowdon 2. The spectacular waterfall seen from the viaduct 3. The upper mountain 4. A steam locomotive approaches the Summit 2. 3. 4.
Lunch at Bodnant Garden Menu: Dining Area: Vegetarian options Main meals Teas and coffees Cake and pudding Our Lunch: Ham and Welsh Cheddar Cheese £4.95 Inside view of the restaurant.
80 Acre Garden
Camellias, Magnolias, Daffodils and other Spring bulbs
Terraced Gardens are very colorful with herbaceous borders, roses, water lilies, clematis and many unusual wall shrubs and climbers.
Autumnal leaf foliage - in varying shades of reds, greens, purples and golds.
View in autumn from the Top Rose Terrace.
Welsh Mountain Zoo
Over 60 different animals and reptiles
Zoo Keeper for the day
THE DRAGON B&B & CHINESE RESTAURANT Dining pictures Dinner Fine food and wine Chinese food Welsh food Legend fireplace Our meal: Fried Beancurd with Salt and Pepper £7.00 Dining area Another view of dining area
Cost of Trip Pounds - £94.39 U.S. Dollar - $150.00 National Park - $8.06 Ty Gwyn Hotel Lunch- $8.87 Conwy Railway Museum- $2.42 Waterloo Hotel Dinner- $13.70 The Courthouse - $56.42 Snowdon Railway - $19.34 Bondman Garden w/ lunch - $19.26 Welsh Zoo - $14.51 Dragon Restaurant -$11.28 Total: $153.83 National Park - £5.00 Ty Gwyn Hotel Lunch- £5.50 Conwy Railway Museum- £1.50 Waterloo Hotel Dinner- £8.50 The Courthouse - £35 Snowdon Railway - £12 Bondman Garden w/ lunch - £11.95 Welsh Zoo - £9.00 Dragon Restaurant - £7.00 Total: £95.45
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