The spectacular Conwy Falls runs though the deep gorge of the Fairy Glenn, set in nearly 10 acres of SSSI designated ancient forest. Laced with paths, viewpoints and glades, the Forest Park can be enjoyed by placing a £1 coin per person in the turnstile next to the cafe. You are welcome to bring picnics and well behaved dogs to this special corner of the National Park. The spacious and attractive Conwy Falls Café was designed by Sir William Clough Ellis to compliment the architecture of Portmerion. It is open from 9am until 5pm every day of the week, serving hot and cold food, cakes, snacks and drinks. They also host events throughout the year. There is plenty of free parking, ample seating inside and outside with panoramic views, and free Wi-Fi is available over much of the land via outdoor access points. Toilets with a shower facility are available.
I was lucky enough to spend some time with the owners of the business, Rebecca & Oli Yates. Originally I went to them just to feature the cafe in the Food for Thought section of this chapter as they were recommended to me by the owners of Go Below, which is the attraction on the next page, and whose base camp is situated next door to the cafe. Oli & Rebecca have got such enthusiasm and there is so much to see and do around the cafe, I thought it would be a huge shame not to have them as one of the Top 100 Attractions in Wales.
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