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Ty Hyll / The Ugly House

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Tŷ Hyll (the Ugly House) is the Snowdonia Society’s flagship property offering nature and conservation activities for people of all ages, inspiring a love for nature and for Snowdonia’s wild beauty and heritage.

Once the Snowdonia Society’s headquarters, the Ugly House houses the popular independently run Pot Mêl tearoom which offers loose leaf tea and delicious home baked foods in a quaint setting, where members of the Snowdonia Society receive 20% off!  

The orgins of Tŷ Hyll are contested, with some claiming it was a tŷ un nos or ‘one night house’; a custom whereby if you could build a house overnight on common land, with smoke rising from the chimney by daybreak, it was yours to keep.

Today it is surrounded by five acres of ancient woodland and wildlife garden tended by Snowdonia Society volunteers. With well maintained footpaths this is a wonderful woodland to explore and convenient benches offer good vantage points from which to appreciate the wild flowers, nesting birds and other wonders of the changing seasons. Be sure to check out the many events the Snowdonia Society hosts at Tŷ Hyll and across the National Park, and consider becoming a member to support their work keeping Snowdonia beautiful.  



  • Cyclists welcome
  • Walkers welcome


  • Assistance Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site café/restaurant

Languages spoken

  • Welsh spoken

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted
  • Max group size - 20

Printed Material in other Languages

  • Welsh printed material

Provider Facilities

  • Toilets

Provider Features

  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


Map & Directions

Ty Hyll / The Ugly House


Capel Curig, Betws Y Coed, Conwy, LL24 0DS
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Tel01492 642322

Opening Times

Winter Opening (Closed December, January, February until Easter Holidays) (31 Oct 2019 - 31 Mar 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30
Summer Opening (30 Mar 2020 - 28 Oct 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00

* Gardens and Woodland open 365 days a year.

British summer time: 7 days a week - 10:00 - 17:00
Rest of year: 7 days a week - 10:00 - 16:30

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