Large-eddy simulations (LESs) of flow past a circular cylinder in the vicinity of a flat plate have been carried out for three different gap-to-diameter $(G/D)$ ratios of 0.25, 0.5, and 1.0 (where $G$ signifies the gap between the flat plate and the cylinder, and $D$ signifies the cylinder diameter) following the experiment of Price (2002, “Flow Visualization Around a Circular Cylinder Near to a Plane Wall,” J. Fluids Struct., 16, pp. 175–191). The flow visualization along with turbulent statistics are presented for a Reynolds number of $Re=1440$ (based on $D$ and the inlet free-stream velocity $U\u221e$). The three-dimensional time-dependent, incompressible Navier–Stokes equations are solved using a symmetry-preserving finite-difference scheme of second-order spatial and temporal accuracy. The immersed-boundary method is employed to impose the no-slip boundary condition at the cylinder surface. An attempt is made to understand the physics of flow involving interactions of shear layers shed from the cylinder and the wall boundary layer. Present LES reveals the shear layer instability and formation of small-scale eddies apart from their mutual interactions with the boundary layer. It has been observed that $G/D$ ratio has a large influence on the modification of wake dynamics and evolution of the wall boundary layer. For a low gap ratio, it is difficult to identify the boundary layer because of its strong interactions with the shear layers; however, a rapid transition to turbulence of the boundary layer, which is similar to bypass transition, is observed for a large gap ratio.