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Conwy Falls, Betws-y-Coed

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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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TripAdvisor
  • The waterfalls are not as good as others and the walk there and back is a bit arduous but the countryside views and the scenery and everything here put altogether, make this another place not to miss....  more »
  • Called in here out of curiosity. Automated turnstile entry (£1). Fairly steep walk downhill through woodland to see the falls. Good photo opportunities. The walk back up was a bit challenging! 
  • Lovely place to go and clear one's mind. I visited this place when I stayed in the town last month. Went out for a walk one morning and decided to go and have a look at this special place and take a f...  more »
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  • A really nice cafe. Situated a few minutes walk from Conwy Falls. A decent menu to choose from and open fairly late although the kitchen closes at 1630. The staff are friendly and service was quick and the food tasted pretty good too.
  • The falls are spectacular and the cafe serves great food at sensible prices. Much better than expected, in the best possible way
  • 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
  • Rip off, £1.60 for a small bottle of soft drink! Daylight robbery
  • Food took 1h 20mins to arrive. It was tasty but the wait was painful.