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Conwy Falls, Betws-y-Coed

Categories: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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3.9/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
Conwy Falls is a waterfall on the River Conwy at Bro Garmon in Conwy County Borough in Wales. The falls and surrounding area are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The nearby cafe, adjacent to the A5, is an interesting example of the work of the Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis, of Portmeirion fame.The falls, woodland and wildlifeThe falls are located in the last gorge section of the river Conwy at a point where it plunges into a deep pool. The falls are accessible via natural paths through the preserved woodland of the SSSI. Polecats and other wild animals, including 32 species of bird, inhabit the surrounding woodlands, which extend to approximately 9.5acre.Salmon ladderThe River Conwy is a salmon river, and there are two salmon ladders at the falls. One is a disused Victorian wooden ladder that was destroyed by a storm soon after being built, and incorporating steps hewn into the rock. The second is a modern ladder, built in 1993 at a cost of nearly £1m, which can detect and count every fish that enters. This ladder—not visible to the public—consists of some 30 pools set in a zig-zag pattern within a piped tunnel.There is a water gauging station at the Falls, measuring the flow into the fish pass. When low levels are detected, the flow is diverted over the falls, rather than through the pass, to ensure that flora in the gorge is protected.
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  • We chose to visit these falls mainly due to the onsite cafe so we could combine the visit with lunch. There is also ample parking and toilets. It does cost £1 each to walk down to the falls (regardles...  read more »
  • We walked to the Guest House from our guest house in Betws-y-Coed as part of a circular walk and I am glad we did, its beautiful especially after rain. Be sure to take a camera. 
  • Had a pleasant couple of hours here walking the dog.. There is a one pound gate charge to view the Conway Falls but it is worth it.. They also have a lovely café that does snacks and main meals and be...  read more »
  • Food took 1h 20mins to arrive. It was tasty but the wait was painful.
  • On Sunday 17/04/16 at around 2.30 pm we visited the cafe, we had our two young grandchildren with us who were hungry. We were advised they were not serving any food as they were too busy we were offered drinks and cake! Very limited choice of cake for a 4 year old and a 2 year old we ordered drinks which took forever to arrive while waiting we overheard a man from the kitchen apologising to a couple for their very long delay in their order for food arriving! We then overheard another customer complaining and refusing to pay due to delay in food arriving and the order being incorrect. To add salt to the wounds we were advised Ladies toilets not working to go around the back of the building and ask at the centre to use their toilet no room to change a 2 year old! Disgusted in lack of service and facilities for families, as well as not serving food despite having a sandwich board outside advising otherwise. I shudder to think what would have happened had a coach full of people arrived as they would never of coped. Can I point out that when we went and sat down their were only 8 people eating!!! Make what you will of this but it will not be on my itinerary again or that of my family or friends
  • We stopped here for a morning brew and a sandwich before hiking around the Conwy Falls. First thing we noticed was the place was ramming, clearly very popular! We ordered a cappuccino, a flat white and a bacon butty. Unfortunately we were told that the bacon butty would be at least 30-40mins, so these guys were overrun. I had a brownie instead. Eventually, our coffee arrived: this took 25 minutes. It seems to be just one guy on the espresso machine, making the drinks then serving them. Perhaps they were notably understaffed on our visit. The gentleman did apologise for the delay when our drinks arrived. Cappuccino was well presented and very smooth. The brownie was dense and delicious. So although we can recommend the actual drinks and food we received we can't give a thumbs up for the slow service. Perhaps we just hit them on a bad day when they were unexpectedly understaffed.
  • We had brunch here yesterday, I had french toast and we shared a pot of tea - it was all delicious - all enjoyed our food immensly and very friendly service. I'm going again very soon:)
  • Fantastic cafe...really nice ambiance and lovely coffee and a good selection of cakes and scones...outdoor terrace also a bonus
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