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“A must to visit”

St. Michael's Old Church
Ranked #13 of 31 things to do in Betws-y-Coed
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Small 14th century church standing on the banks of the River Conwy. Now redundant, it is in the care of the St Michael's Betws-y-Coed Trust.
Reviewed June 24, 2014

I loved the history, and the peace and quiet and a time to reflect. There were two swallows flying around the church on the day I was there and seemed perfectly happy to perform a show of flight for visitors.

Thank June61Southport
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

There is still one service a year (St. Michael's Day, September 29)at this wee stone church but it is apparently almost always open for prayer or for visitors to have a quiet moment. Published hours are daily, 10 am to 5 pm, but a key is available from the Conwy Valley Railway Museum nearby. A stone effigy of Gruffydd ap Dafydd Goch, the grandnephew of the last native Prince of Wales, is of special fascination. Volunteers apparently organize a flower festival each year in September.

Thank HappyHawk65
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Reviewed June 11, 2014

It would be very easy to miss out on this pretty, historic and well maintained attraction. My wife and I happened upon it by accident when wandering across Betws-y-Coed train station to take a look in the Conway Valley Railway Museum and Shop. On exiting that we just wondered what lay beyond on the adjacent lane and were greeted with a teasing glimpse of one corner of St Michael's Church.

Built in the 14th century, St Michael's is thought to be the oldest surviving building in Betws-y-Coed. It is a bonus that it should be such a beautiful one. Inside the church, the atmosphere is very peaceful and the architecture very easy on the eye. It is a perfect place to sit, be quiet and perhaps ponder some aspects of life which our hectic everyday routine does not normally permit.

Summary: Highly recommended.

1  Thank Dr_R_Beck
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

I love the history. The old gravestones in Welsh, some over 200 years old. The church is open to the public, with adequate explanations about its history.

Thank BaruchBarryPinnick
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Reviewed December 2, 2013 via mobile

We decided while we were in Snowdonia national park to pop into Betws-y-coed and we were astonished with the time and effort the locals placed on preparing for Christmas :) It was just getting dark when we arrived and the Christmas lights were gorgeous and as we drove past St Michael s church, we saw one side of the gardens staged as a snowy garden, wow! We parked up and went over to see. The garden was beautifully prepared with artificial snow and it looked so real so we took loads of photos :) The whole town was preparing for their Christmas fair and Christmas was definitely coming alive. This town is a must to visit especially with the river running through it and the waterfalls nearby :)

Thank Tony K
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Jonric, Trustee at St. Michael's Old Church, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2015

Thanks for your review. From what you have written you are writing about St Mary's Church (built in 1873) in Betws-y-Coed, which is the one which had the fake snow, not St Michael's Old Church (built in the 14thC). We have asked Tripadvisor to list St Michael's as the Old Church to help travellers identify which is which but so far they have not done so.

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