Holidays in Swallow Falls

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Swallow Falls showing rainforest and a cascade

Gaze out over this beautiful series of waterfalls, a popular tourist attraction for over a hundred years.

Head down the path to Swallow Falls, where the River Llugwy splits into multiple waterfalls. Watch the water as it careens around the rocks before tumbling into a natural pool at the bottom. Look for wildlife as you relax and possibly see herons fishing in the river.

Swallow Falls has drawn visitors since 1913, when it was gifted to the local council by the second Lord Ancaster, a local landowner. The council opened the falls to the public and charged a small fee to view the falls up close. The beautiful spot proved so popular it soon cleared the council’s debts. Visit today and appreciate why it has remained one of the area's most popular attractions ever since.

Take a 2-mile (3-kilometer) walk west from Betws-y-Coed along the road to the entrance to the falls. The turnstile collects a small fee and lets you through to the falls themselves. Be careful if the weather has been bad or you have mobility problems. It’s not a strenuous walk, but it can be slippery in places.

If you want to avoid the crowds and the fee, follow a less well-known path around the northern bank. A 5-mile (8-kilometer) walk from Betws-y-Coed, the path is well maintained but still wild, so be sure you’re prepared. It should take you about 2 or 3 hours, through the dense woodlands of Gwydyr Forest and alongside the river. When you get to the hidden spot, the views are even better. Sit down on the bench and enjoy the peaceful setting.

Be aware that the turnstile doesn’t give change and can be a little tricky to operate. If you’re driving, use the parking along the main road. The nearby hotel has a parking lot too. Swallow Falls are accessible year-round, but are much more impressive after heavy rainfall, making November and March the best times to see them.

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934 Cheap Hotels Near Swallow Falls

Swallow Falls Complex
Swallow Falls Complex
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales
The price is AU$149 per night from 21 Dec. to 21 Dec.
Situated in Betws-Y-Coed, this inn is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Swallow Falls and within 3 miles (5 km) of Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre and Betws-Y-Coed ...
3.7/5 Good! (342 reviews)
"I just love this place…. My base for everything in Snowdonia. The staff are super friendly and helpful. As soon as I can go back I will!"

Reviewed on 13 Nov. 2021

Swallow Falls Complex
Waterloo Hotel Lodge
Waterloo Hotel Lodge
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales
The price is AU$214 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Situated in a national park, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Snowdonia National Park and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (261 reviews)
"Everything from my lovely peaceful and idyllic lodge with my own parking space to the excellent food, superb leisure facilities and general location a stone's throw from beautiful Betsy Coed and a bus trip from Snowdon. Just overall a beautiful beautiful place."

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2021

Waterloo Hotel Lodge
Eagles View
Eagles View
Pentre Du, Betws-Y-Coed, WLS
Situated in the mountains, this historic holiday home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Swallow Falls. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Lovely property in great location
"Lovely, homely and well located property on outskirts of Betws Y Coed. Lots of space for our group of 5. Well-equipped kitchen and the conservatory is a great room. Particularly enjoyed the soothing sound from the adjacent stream."

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2021

Eagles View
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Oakfield House Bed and Breakfast
Oakfield House Bed and Breakfast
4 out of 5
Pentra Du, Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, WLS
The price is AU$147 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Oakfield House Bed and Breakfast
Swallow Falls Complex
Swallow Falls Complex
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales
The price is AU$149 per night from 21 Dec. to 21 Dec.
Swallow Falls Complex
Waterloo Hotel Lodge
Waterloo Hotel Lodge
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales
The price is AU$214 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Waterloo Hotel Lodge
Eagles View
Eagles View
Pentre Du, Betws-Y-Coed, WLS
Eagles View
Gwydyr Hotel
Gwydyr Hotel
3 out of 5
Gwydyr Hotel, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales
The price is AU$196 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Gwydyr Hotel
Royal Oak Hotel
Royal Oak Hotel
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales
The price is AU$224 per night from 22 Dec. to 22 Dec.
Royal Oak Hotel
Llyn Dinas Lodge - Two Bedroom House, Sleeps 4
Llyn Dinas Lodge - Two Bedroom House, Sleeps 4
Hendre Rhys Gethin, Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, WLS
Llyn Dinas Lodge - Two Bedroom House, Sleeps 4
Hendre Rhys Gethin
Hendre Rhys Gethin
4 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales
Hendre Rhys Gethin
Luxury Lodge Park Hendre Rhys Gethin Snowdonia National Park North Wales
Luxury Lodge Park Hendre Rhys Gethin Snowdonia National Park North Wales
Hendre Rhys Gethin, 31, Betws-Y-Coed, WLS
Luxury Lodge Park Hendre Rhys Gethin Snowdonia National Park North Wales
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