Swallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed

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Originally known as the Foaming Waterfall, the cascading waterfall system of Swallow Falls offers dramatic views from various vantage points. Take the hiking trail to the top of the falls, which includes many rest areas for taking pictures or picnicking. While the view is more impressive with more rainfall, it can also make for treacherous footing. The falls are accessible by car or on foot from the nearby town of Betws and Coed. Be sure to carry coins for parking and entrance fees as change is not given. There is a small public house in a hotel across the street if you feel like having a warm drink after the hike. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Betws-y-Coed trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • Gorgeous falls. Very short walk to the falls from the carpark. You pay £2 cash or card which Is no problem but unusual as I have never had to pay to see any waterfall, gorge etc before but hey….i... 
    Gorgeous falls. Very short walk to the falls from the carpark. You pay £2 cash or card which Is no problem but unusual as I have never had to pay to see any waterfall, gorge etc before but hey….i...  more »
  • After an exhilarating walk through a beautiful forest, we arrived at the waterfall itself. Not only was it beautiful to view, but the relaxing sound of the flowing water and the ambience of the... 
    After an exhilarating walk through a beautiful forest, we arrived at the waterfall itself. Not only was it beautiful to view, but the relaxing sound of the flowing water and the ambience of the...  more »
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  • Last time I was here it was 20 years ago. Sadly the hotel has now been sold to another chain and from what I read it will be reopened soon. Though that doesn’t really matter as the falls are still there and only £2 to enter either with contactless or that old fashioned method known as money. The coin machine takes all UK coins 😂. Once through the turnstiles. The steps down are quiet steep and uneven in places. If you have anyone with you that may struggle with them. You can wander across the top path and see the main falls from here. It’s just as lovely as ever. It’s not huge but there are benches and seats. It makes a great stop off place to see something interesting on any journey.
  • Visited in September 2019. I almost gave up to see the waterfall, because during my 2 weeks holiday almost every day I drove on that road A5, and never had a chance to to stop, as the car park was always extremely busy. To be honest it is not a big car park, but someone goes away, 3 others waiting for that space. It can be easier sometimes to park on the other side of the road where is the Swallow falls hotel/pub with its own parking. But because this is the busiest road of the mountain it's not easy to cross the road. The falls are between the Ugly house and Betws-y-Coed on the very side of the road. Then just 2 days before my holiday ended,one evening I found parking space, so I stopped immediately. It is not a huge attraction or something we spend more than 30 minutes by the way, so it's surprising that the car park is always busy. The entrance is a narrow barred iron gate works with coins, £2 per head to get in. I found it very strange, because the waterfall is just next to the road, and seems that it was fenced only for tourists, to get access for money. And as I said, the time we spend there is no more than half an hour but even that is too long. Quite a few steps leads down to different very wet terraces, and it is indeed a lovely waterfall and we can take nice pictures. I can advise to go there early morning or later afternoon/evening, when we can parking easier, and also the terraces are less busy. But be prepared with coins to get in. It is nothing else there, just stairs down to the terraces and back to the gate, I remember 1-2 benches, but that's it.

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