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The local area guide to living in Betws-y-coed

Betws-y-coed is a parish and village that is located in the valley of Conwy in Clwyd, Wales. Although small, Betws-y-coed draws in many tourists from across the world because it lies in the picturesque Snowdonia National Park. The name ‘Betws-y-Coed’ is derived from the Anglo-Saxon English ‘bed-hus’ to mean a prayer house and ‘y-Coed’ means in the wood which reflects the surroundings of the village.

The village was born from people choosing to live close to the River Conwy and gradually the village has expanded. When the Betws-y-Coed railway station was built in 1868 the village’s population grew by hundreds. The station is known for its cafes and tourist shops as well as the Railway Museum. This museum is unique because of its extensive miniature model of a railway. Other tourist attractions include the Miners’ Bridge, St Michaels 14th century church and the Conwy Fish Pass and waterfalls.

Information about the local residents

The village has 564 residents according to the 2011 Census. The residents mean age is 44.6 which is higher than the national average of 40 suggesting that this village caters more to slightly older residents. The percentage of the population that own a home is 39.9% which is much higher than the remaining Welsh population. This is likely due to the fact that Cowry is populated by family owned farms so the property would have been acquired by previous generations. 29.5% of the Cowry residents mortgage their house.

Betws-y-coed is considered a highly educated area in Wales with 25.5% of the residents achieving their level 4 qualifications which is higher than the rest of Wales meaning the population of Betws-y-Coed are more educated than the remaining residents. The inhabitants have rated their health highly with 45.42% classing it as ‘very good’ falling just shy of the national average. Only a mere 1.57% considered their level of health to be ‘very bad’ thereby suggesting that the residents believe they have a high level of health care which is encouraging for prospective residents.

Nearby schools

The local primary school, Ysgol Betws-y-Coed, is a bilingual school and teaches children between the ages of three to eleven. English lessons are introduced in year 2 and children are encouraged to learn both Welsh and English although Welsh is most commonly spoken day-to-day. Estyn has rated this school as ‘adequate’ in the past indicating changes could and since have been made.

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy is local for the children of the village. This school teaches children aged 11 to 18 and has approximately 703 pupils. Estyn have stated that the current performance of the school is ‘good’.

Getting around

Ideal for the locals, Betws-y-Coed has a railway station in the centre of the village. This is integral for the tourism industry and travels from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog regularly making it easy for commuters to get to other parts of Wales with ease.

The A5 runs directly through the village and connects to the A470 allowing for travel to the north and south of the country effortlessly. For those looking to travel internationally, the nearest airport is Liverpool John Lennon Airport which is 42.9 miles away.

Local shops

There are some local shops within the village that are family run and sell local produce. However, there are also branded stores including Londis, which are ideal when you’re doing the weekly shop. The village is vibrant and tourist friendly because many tourists pass through to visit Snowdonia park. There are many camping and outdoors shops such as Millets and Joe Brown Shop.

As for other amenities, the village has several restaurants with quality food as well as Snowdonia Massage Therapy and Dr Zig’s Extraordinary Giant Bubbles which is a company that hosts bubble themed parties in the local area.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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