The Area

The Bridge is set within the walled town of Conwy and a short distance from the seaside resort of Llandudno and the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Do not be discouraged if you do not drive, the railway station is 100 yards from The Bridge which offers you the opportunity to visit the historic city of Chester or the major cities of Liverpool and Manchester as well as a non-stop train to London. The ferry port of Holyhead, from which you can take the short sea trip to Ireland, is just an hour away by rail and the scenic rail trip up the Conwy Valley deep into Snowdonia offers one the chance to visit beautiful places such as Betws-y-Coed. There are also numerous opportunities in the surrounding countryside and coastline for walking and cycling and with the recently named “North Wales Extreme Sports” locations close by Surf Snowdonia, Zip World and Bounce Below there is something for everyone in North Wales. So if you are looking for comfortable accommodation to relax and mooch around this historic town or would like to stay longer and discover many of the beautiful places nearby then let The Bridge be your base and point of end of day relaxation.  

Parking

Conwy Council can issue parking permits for any car parks which are tailored to suit individual needs, for example, should a visitor wish to use a car park for a period of 1 week or to cover the duration of their holiday a permit can be issued.

For more information please contact Parking Office at Conwy 01492 576622 or parking@conwy.gov.uk

History

The Bridge Inn, Rose Hill Street, Conwy This building, on a prominent corner at the main entrance to Conwy, was originally the Castle View Hotel. Cadw, the historic monuments agency, has suggested it was built in the mid 19th century. The 1871 census records that the hotel keeper was William Abram. By 1895 it had become a Temperance Hotel. By 1899, the name had changed to the Bridge Hotel. The picture on the outside of the pub depicts Telford’s Suspension Bridge, which is close by. However, Conwy historian Llew Groom says the name is connected with a Mr Bridges, who ran a business from premises just across the road. It may have been Bridges’ Hotel before being altered to the Bridge.

Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle is a medieval fortification in Conwy, located on the North Wales coast. Built between 1283 and 1289 by Edward I during his conquest of Wales. “This gritty, dark-stoned fortress has the rare ability to evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere. The first time that visitors catch sight of the castle, commanding a rock above the Conwy estuary and demanding as much attention as the dramatic Snowdonia skyline behind it, they know that they are in the presence of an historic site which still casts a powerful spell. Conwy, constructed by English monarch Edward I between 1283 and 1287 as one of the key fortresses in his ‘iron ring’ of castles to contain the Welsh, was built to prompt such a humbling reaction.” – Visit Wales

The Magic Stone

Located in Conwy Quay there is a stone that is rumoured to have  magic powers. “The Magic Stone – Although it has been almost forgotten, Conway has, like many other places, its magic stone. From time immemorial, it has been embedded on the Quay, and has recently been neglected. The attention of a Committee of the Corporation was drawn to it a day or two ago, through the inquiries of a visitor, and, with praiseworthy promptitude, the stone has been replaced in its original position on the Quay. The “oldest inhabitants” have known it since their birth, and attribute to it various charms. All call it “the lucky stone,’ and agree that, if a stranger puts a foot on it, return to Conway is inevitable. Many say that a stranger will never leave Conway, and give incidents in proof. By some aged persons, its charms, in all simplicity, are still believed. It is marked by a plain cross which is directed to the cardinal points, and the present Harbour-master (Mr Evan Evans) has in recent years assisted mariners who doubted the correctness of their compasses, to test them in a rough way by the magic stone of Conway.” Extract from: Weekly News and Visitors Chronicle – 27th July 1900