10 things to do in Betws-y-Coed Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast Once a major coaching centre on the Irish Mail route from London to Holyhead, Betws-y-Coed is the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park, fast becoming the adventure activity centre of the UK. Get your adrenaline on Zip World, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast With Zip Fforest's amazing views of the Conwy valley, take a zip line journey 60ft up through the forest canopy or a 100ft freefall from Plummet Tower, its Powerfan technology ensuring the gentlest of landings. And if the blood pressure allows after all that, why not climb aboard Skyride, Europe’s highest giant swing? Foray into the forest Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast Lying in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, Gwydyr Forest Park covers a 28 square mile area (72 square kilometres) surrounding Betws-y-Coed. Waymarked walking trails allow visitors to explore the landscape of lakes, forests and mountains and learn more about the area’s lead and zinc mining industry, which dominated in the latter half of the 19th century. Tapas with a twist Olif restaurant, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast Far be it from us to encourage you to come to Wales and sample Spanish cuisine, but Olif is not your average tapas bar. The only food that hasn’t been sourced locally are the olives. They’ve even managed to find Welsh chorizo! And once you’ve gorged yourself silly, you can crash overnight in one of their 5-star luxury rooms. Welcome to Adventure Central Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast Based in Betws-y-Coed, the staff at North Wales Active have over 20 years of mountaineering and climbing experience between them. So they know the very best places for gorge walking, climbing, abseiling and mountain climbing. Very importantly, they are a Visit Wales Approved Adventure Tourism Operator, which means you don’t have to sweat the safety stuff. Going underground Go Below Underground Adventures, Betws-y-Coed, North Wales by Go Below Underground Adventures 2015 Why go over a mountain when you can go through it instead? Abseil, zip line, scramble, traverse, boat and climb your way around the abandoned mines of Snowdonia with Go Below, encountering deep blue lakes, lofty caverns and long-forgotten mining machinery as you go. Force of nature Swallow Falls, near Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia For pure romance, a visit to Swallow Falls on the River Llugwy is a sure-fire winner. Although the main viewpoints are situated on the south bank, we recommend approaching it on foot along the northern bank for a more dramatic vantage point, particularly after a spell of wet weather. Sturdy footwear and a camera are essential. Guilt-free pizza Olif restaurant, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast Sadly, it hasn’t just become one of your recommended five-a-day foods, but when you order a pizza at Hangin’ Pizzeria, they will donate a percentage of their profits to charities helping orangutans in Borneo and gorillas and chimps in Africa. And their traditional Italian-style pizzas are well worth breaking the diet for. These are not just any Welshcakes Welsh cakes These are Cwmni Cacen Gri Welshcakes. As well as serving the traditional favourites, bakers Jen and Jo have created new twists incorporating chocolate mint, orange, cherry and almond; and cranberry and white chocolate. And all are served ‘griddle fresh’ for texture and taste perfection. All aboard Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast The location of the Conwy Valley Railway Museum right next to the National Rail station means that Betws-y-Coed is the only station in the UK with a footbridge that spans three different gauges of track. Visitors can take the mile-long miniature steam railway or the one-third full-size tramcar. It’s great fun for kids - and kids-at-heart. Get cosy in a coaching inn Ty Gwyn Hotel, Betws-y-Coed by The Ty Gwyn Hotel is just the sort of place you want to stagger back to after a ramble through the forest or along the riverbank. Dating back to 1636, the inn still has many of its original features – including open log fires and low, beamed ceilings – which gives it a high cosiness quotient. Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Wild adventures in Wales Preseli Venture owner Sophie Hurst explores a range of options for wild adventures in Wales. Bala breaks A lake surrounded by mountains, rich in culture, Bala is ‘real’ Wales at its very best. South Wales history The Big Bang, castles built on shifting sands, the rise of industry and the call of the collieries. Unique buildings in Wales The tiniest house, the oldest inn, the oddest wall and other intriguing places to visit in Wales. A Celtic Manor getaway The extraordinary Celtic Manor is a brilliant place for an action-packed getaway. Marc Evans’ Wales The director of Visit Wales’ TV advertising campaigns tells us what’s special about Wales.