elens castle hotel nr betws-y-coed snowdonia north wales
hotel accommodation nr Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia - ideal for north wales tourist attractions and activities - plenty of things to do

This Hotel near Betws-y-Coed is ideal for exploring Snowdonia and the rest of North Wales

The village of Dolwyddelan lies between Betws-y-Coed and the Crimea Pass and is the ideal starting place to experience all the sights and sounds of North Wales, including the new Zip World Titan, Zip World Caverns and Bounce Below just up the road in Blaenau Ffestiniog, and Surf Snowdonia.

The hotel is located in the centre of the village. Dolwyddelan stands at a natural and historical crossroads, at the foot of Moel Siabod – 2861 feet (872m), straddling the trout and salmon-rich Afon Lledr, a river, which wends its way through meadows and turbulent gorges northwards to join the Afon Conwy at Llyn yr Afanc.

the hotel in dolwyddelan in the mountains of snowdonia
dolwyddelan and moel siabod

Dolwyddelan and Moel Siabod

lledr valley near betws-y-coed

Lledr Valley

tourist attractions - caernarfon castle

Caernarfon Castle

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The Castle, just outside the village centre, controls a commanding and awesome panorama and the views from the battlements are breath-taking; the Crimea Pass (Bwlch y Gorddinan) and the Moelwyn Mountains, towards Moel Siabod and away to the Denbigh Moors.

The Gwydyr Forest surrounds the Lledr Valley between Betws-y-Coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog. At the centre of Dolwyddelan is Elen's Castle Hotel, named after Dolwyddelan Castle on the outskirts of the village. Dating back to the early 18th Century, Elen's Castle Hotel was originally part of the Earl of Ancaster's Welsh estate. It was rented out for £2.12s.6d per year in 1874! In later years it became a village beer house and coaching inn. Today it still retains much of this original historic character as a very comfortable, privately-run family hotel.

Elen's Well (Ffynnon Elen) is a small rectangular basin 9-foot by 7 foot with walls of earth-mortared rubble and a drinking trough. The water is reputed to have healing properties and is said to steam in frosty weather. The well can be reached by a path alongside the Hotel.

The team here at Elen's Castle Hotel expect all our guests to eat well, sleep well, enjoy their visit and take a little of Wales back home with them.

the river near the hotel in dolwyddelandolwyddelan castle in snowdonia with snowdon and moel siabod behind

River Lledr (top) and Dolwyddelan Castle, Snowdon & Moel Siabod (bottom)

mount snowdon, snowdonia


tourist attractions - snowdon mountain railway

Snowdon Mountain Railway

llyn idwal in the mountains of snowdonia - ideal for walking

Llyn Idwal, Snowdonia

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Attractions Around Elens Castle

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Things to do (tourist attractions and activities):

  • Mountain walking/climbing (Snowdon, Tryfan, Siabod, Y Carneddau, The Glyders….)
  • Dolwyddelan, Caernarfon, Penrhyn, Conwy, Criccieth & Harlech Castles
  • Steam and other railways - Ffestiniog, Welsh Highland, Snowdon Mountain Bala Lake, Llyn Padarn, The Cambrian
  • Zip World Titan, Zip World Caverns and Bounce Below (all at the same site at Blaenau Ffestiniog within a 10 minute drive)
  • Portmeirion Italianate village
  • Llechwedd Slate Caverns/Inigo Jones Slate Caverns/Sygun Copper Mine
  • Mountain biking (Antur Stiniog downhill, Marin Trail, Penmachno, Coed-y-Brenin all within 15 – 30 minutes)
  • Horse riding
  • White-water rafting
  • Bodnant Garden (National Trust)
  • Tree Top Adventures and Go Ape high ropes courses
  • Go Below Underground Adventures
  • Zip World Velocity, Bethesda
  • Fairy Glen, Swallow Falls, Conwy Falls
  • The Ugly House
  • Betws y Coed picturesque, busy, tourist-packed town just 5 miles away

Elen's Castle Hotel is in the village of Dolwyddelan near Betws-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales and is well connected to the UK's road network via North Wales's A55 coastal expressway which links to the M6 and the A5 from the M54. There is a train station in the village.

From the attractions map above it can be seen that, ideally situated for exploring Snowdonia and the whole of North Wales, Elen's Castle Hotel is perfect for a relaxing holiday.

To help you plan your journey, and see where Elen's Castle is located, see the Find Us page for location map and route planner.

Contact Information

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For more information, or to make a booking, please contact Adam or Helen Hardy at:

Mail: Elen’s Castle Hotel, Dolwyddelan, Betws-y-Coed,
Snowdonia, North Wales LL25 0EJ, UK
Phone: 01690 750207 (+44 1690 750207 international)
E-mail: stay@hotelinsnowdonia.co.uk