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“Hidden gem”

St. Michael's Old Church
Ranked #10 of 32 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 11 June 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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"flower festival"
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"worth a visit"
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"conwy valley"
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Reviewed 25 May 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 2 December 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 10 July 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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Reviewed 19 October 2013

Great Little flower festival and a loverly little church. Well worth a look and so peaceful. Its good to see it open most of the time now without obtaining a key this has made it more accessible and worth the detour from the village center.

1  Thank johneywiley
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

A short walk from the B & B. Beautiful church, steeped in history, worth a visit and give a donation for the upkeep of this great building. Very peaceful and simple place, to just sit and be quiet for a few minutes

1  Thank Una M
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