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Tal-y-Cafn (Welsh: "place opposite the ferry-boat") is a small settlement in the Conwy valley in North Wales. It lies close to the Roman settlement of Canovium at Caerhun, and was the site of a Roman river-crossing point of the River Conwy. A mediaeval ferry, which operated from as early as 1301, was replaced by the current bridge in 1897. Originally a toll bridge, it is now toll free, and is the only road bridge over the river between Conwy and Llanrwst. The bridge also carries water in a pipe from Llyn Dulyn and Llyn Melynllyn in the Carneddau mountains to the coastal town of Llandudno.
Tal-y-Cafn is primarily known as the site of the Tal-y-Cafn Hotel, a former coaching inn located on the A470 road, and the adjacent Tal-y-Cafn railway station. The shop and post office are now closed.
Nearby lies Bodnant Garden, a National Trust property set in 80 acres.
A modern housing development on the western bank of the river was the location of The Ferry, a former public house. This pub, popular at a time when alcohol could be served on a Sunday (which was not legal across the river), suffered when the Sunday Closing (Wales) Act 1881 was repealed.
Pubs/Bars: Tal Y Cafn Hotel Tal-y-Cafn Colwyn Bay Conwy LL28 5RR 01492 650203
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