There’s no place like Snowdonia
North Wales has long been a favourite destination for family holidays. Whether you’re local to the region or from further afield, Snowdonia is a particular draw. Many families from across the UK and beyond come back time after time to make more memories. And yet, there’s enough space for everyone to enjoy that ‘great outdoors’ feeling! Nature, mountains, wildlife and adventure beckon.
The gateway to Snowdonia
The scenic village of Betws-y-coed is regarded as the gateway to Snowdonia. It nestles in a valley created within the Gwydyr Forest by the confluence of three rivers. This spot, where the River Llugwy and the River Lledr join the River Conwy, has a magical feel. No doubt that’s why Celtic monks formed a monastery here in the late 6th century. The village grew up on the site over subsequent centuries, but never lost its mythic charm.
There are abundant outdoor activities in the local area. These include the legendary Zipworld, an amazing rope and tree climbing experience. Ideal for family fun. There’s also more than one go karting experience available nearby. As well as a golf club for a more relaxed experience! And there are plenty of scenic walks around the Llyn Elsi reservoir. You can also fish there if that’s your thing. Other charming walks will take you along the River Llugwy or the River Conwy. The latter features a Fairy Glen, as well as the Conwy Falls. And if you fall for falls, don’t miss the Pont-y-Pair Falls or the famous Swallow Falls!
Next to the village railway station there is the Conwy Valley Railway Museum. Here, you can enjoy a miniature train ride, as well as learning about the history of the railways. And enthusiasts will love the model railway shop.
A magical base for your Snowdonia adventure
Just five minutes’ walk from the village station, you’ll find Mair-y-coed, or Mary of the Woods. This superbly converted church overlooks the village and the stunning hills and valleys beyond. But it also has plenty of charm of its own. Carefully designed to impeccable standards, it retains the feel of the original church. The open-plan interior is flooded with light. There are four ensuite bedrooms on the first floor and another bedroom downstairs. Visitors benefit from a fully-equipped kitchen, but can also enjoy an outdoor barbecue area.
All this makes Mair-y-coed the perfect base for your family holiday in Snowdonia. In addition to the local attractions, it’s just a short drive to Mount Snowdon. And many more of North Wales’ attractions are in easy reach. So what are you waiting for?