Swallow Falls

Swallow Falls which includes rainforest and a waterfall
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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.

Top Hotels Close to Swallow Falls

Glan Aber Hotel
Glan Aber Hotel
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales, LL24 0AB
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The price is $118 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 3-star golf hotel in Betws-Y-Coed. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar in our reviews. ...
3.7/5 Good! (106 reviews)
"The staff were friendly and helpful at all times. The evening meal we had were the best we have ever had, well cooked and presented"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Glan Aber Hotel
Waterloo Hotel Lodge
Waterloo Hotel Lodge
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales, LL24 0AR
The price is $137 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Betws-Y-Coed. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (398 reviews)
"It's in a good location, easy walking distance to town. The street noise was surprising. There are a lot of motorcycles in the area revving their engines as they speed by. The BBQ was very tasty the first night so we decided to do it again but the wait was ridiculously long. Staff were ..."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

Waterloo Hotel Lodge
Oakfield House Bed and Breakfast
Oakfield House Bed and Breakfast
4 out of 5
Pentra Du, Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales, LL24 0BY
The price is $121 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this 4-star B&B in Betws-Y-Coed. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre and Betws-Y-Coed ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (236 reviews)
"Wonderful place to stay in Betws-y-Coed! Jeannette and Steve have thought of everything to make a stay with them a high quality experience. Lovely hosts!"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2022

Oakfield House Bed and Breakfast
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Glan Aber Hotel
Glan Aber Hotel
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales, LL24 0AB
The price is $118 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Glan Aber Hotel
Waterloo Hotel Lodge
Waterloo Hotel Lodge
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales, LL24 0AR
The price is $137 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Waterloo Hotel Lodge
Oakfield House Bed and Breakfast
Oakfield House Bed and Breakfast
4 out of 5
Pentra Du, Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales, LL24 0BY
The price is $121 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
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Llyn Padarn Lodge
Llyn Padarn Lodge
Betws-y-Coed, WLS
Llyn Padarn Lodge
Summer Hill Guest House
Summer Hill Guest House
4 out of 5
COEDCYNHELIER ROAD, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales, LL24 0BL
Summer Hill Guest House
Cosy and luxurious country cottage, prime location, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Cosy and luxurious country cottage, prime location, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Betws-y-Coed, Wales
Cosy and luxurious country cottage, prime location, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Hendre Rhys Gethin
Hendre Rhys Gethin
4 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales, LL24 0BN
Hendre Rhys Gethin
Gwydyr Hotel
Gwydyr Hotel
3 out of 5
Gwydyr Hotel, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales, LL24 0AB
The price is $121 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Gwydyr Hotel
Royal Oak Hotel
Royal Oak Hotel
3 out of 5
Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed, Wales, LL24 0AY
The price is $162 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Royal Oak Hotel
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