The chocolate-box UK village that feels like it’s in the Alps – with quaint tea rooms and famous ‘ugly house’

Found in Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed is home to just 560 locals. The Welsh village has its own attractions for a wholesome staycation, with many quaint shops and buildings.

Many tourists visit the Fairy Glen, named because of the myths of 'sprites' living there, which is a stunning gorge with a stream between the rocks.

If the weather is bad, you can visit the Conry Valley Railway Museum, which is great for kids too.

One of the more unusual attractions in the village is the Ugly House. The name came not from its looks, but the sound of ‘Llugwy’, a nearby river.

There are also the Treetop Nets, with high rope courses, as well as Skyride 2, the highest five-seater swing in Europe.

Its home to the Honey Pot Tearoom, serving Bara Brith, a fruit loaf made with tea. Not forgetting several restaurants and pubs that will keep you full in the evenings.

Betws-y-Coed even has its own train station, so it is easy to get to with trains from Chester taking around two hours.