Conwy Suspension Bridge
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
At the time it was one of the few suspension bridges in the world to carry road traffic. It replaced a long-established ferry across the river. At the south end of the bridge stands a tollhouse, furnished as it would have looked in the 1890s.
Telford's design called for tall turrets modelled to echo the medieval battlements of Conwy Castle. The design is very similar to Telford's other Welsh masterpiece, the Menai Suspension Bridge joining Anglesey to the Welsh mainland. The Conwy bridge runs parallel to a later wrought-iron railroad bridge built by Robert Stephenson.
The bridge is exceedingly narrow, measuring only 2.5 metres across. The cables supporting the south end of the bridge are anchored into the rock on which the castle stands, and some parts of the castle had to be demolished to allow the cables to be anchored.
The bridge can easily be viewed from practically anywhere near the harbour mouth, including wonderful views from the Castle, which overlooks the bridge. The bridge is no longer open to road traffic, so visitors on foot have it all to themselves!
A very short stroll along the riverfront leads you to another National Trust property, Aberconwy House, a 14th-century townhouse, believed to be the oldest surviving townhouse in all of Wales.
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About Conwy Suspension Bridge
Address: Conwy, Gwynedd, Wales, LL32 8LD
Attraction Type: Historic Building - Bridge
Location: Next to Conwy Castle. Seasonal opening, see National Trust website for details.
Website: Conwy Suspension Bridge
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