Bangor

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Situated on the north coast of Wales along the Menai Straits, Bangor is blessed with a wonderful setting. With views of the Isle of Anglesey and the Menai Suspension Bridge in one direction, and Snowdonia’s towering peaks in the other, this friendly coastal city packs a powerful scenic punch.

The largest city in the Welsh county of Gwynedd, Bangor also ranks as one of Britain’s smallest cities, making it ideal for exploring by foot.

A walk is all that’s needed to take in Bangor’s highlights, from Bangor Cathedral to its charming, Victorian-era Garth Pier, and a traditional centre of pedestrianised streets, pastel-painted townhouses and Victorian villas. Add to these the pull of nearby Snowdonia National Park and the energy of students at Bangor University — another of the city’s claims to fame — and Bangorhas something for everyone.

Best of BangorWhether you’re here to relax or explore, Bangor will oblige. Stroll along the photogenic pier — the second longest in Wales — and take your time to soaking up Bangor’s stunning views over Anglesey. The great Edwardian buildings of Bangor University are admirable and you can drop into Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery to uncover Bangor’s past. Then, if you swap your sightseeing for shopping, there are plenty of quirky independent shops in Bangor centre to potter around in and the longest high street in Wales to explore.

Afterwards, perhaps you could get all cosy in the welcoming pubs and cafes, enjoy fresh local produce in the restaurants and bistros, and sample Bangor’s lively evening scene, with its regular live music, folk music and classical concerts.

History of BangorBangor’s origins lie in the early 6th century, when Saint Deiniol founded a monastery on the city’s present-day site. It’s believed the name Bangor, an ancient Welsh word meaning ‘wall’, may have originated from the wattle-style enclosure that ringed the monastery.

However, It wasn’t until the 17th century that Bangorbegan to take on the trappings of today’s city, with the arrival of local slate mining and shipbuilding industries; and in the 19th century, the advent of the railway and pleasure steamers from Liverpool.

Outdoor Attractions in and Around BangorBangorhas plenty to attract activity lovers. Golfers will be eager to play the city’s St. Deiniol Golf Club, with its lovely 18-hole course designed by five-time Open champion James Braid.

Seafarers will love boat trips on the Menai Strait, and walkers and outdoor fans will adore nearby Snowdonia National Park with its hiking trails, outdoor activities, waterfalls such as the magical Aber Falls, and the famous Snowdonia Mountain Railway.

Alternatively, there is the opportunity to roam the nature reserves around Bangor’s River Ogwen and Menai Strait shores, relax on the nearby sandy beaches, or stride out on the dramatic North Wales Path that traces the coast between Bangorand Prestatyn.

The Management Centre
The Management Centre
4 out of 5
College Road, Bangor, Wales
The price is £86 per night from 14 Oct to 14 Oct
Located in the heart of Bangor, this guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bangor University and within 3 miles (5 km) of Menai Bridge and St Tysilio's Church. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (328 reviews)
"The building was nice and fairly easy to find but the main car park was full and it was not obvious where else to park so I had to call to find out but the lady on reception answered quickly and was very helpful. The hotel was clean and check in easy and overall good. The room was red hot so we had ..."

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2021

The Management Centre
Eryl Mor Hotel
Eryl Mor Hotel
3 out of 5
2 Upper Garth Rd, \N, Bangor, Wales
The price is £95 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Situated in Bangor, this golf hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Bangor University and within 3 miles (5 km) of Menai Bridge and Penrhyn Castle. St Tysilio's Church ...
4.3/5Excellent! (52 reviews)
"When we arrived we were welcomed by a young smiley receptionist, who explained everything really well. We were at the top floor with a nice sea view.Very clean, great powefull shower.. the only downside was that my partner is tall and the bed had a footboard, so he couldnt stretch his legs properly... ..."

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2021

Eryl Mor Hotel
Ffrwdd Galed Uchaf
Ffrwdd Galed Uchaf
3.5 out of 5
6 Ffrwdd Galed Tregarth, Bangor, Wales
Situated in Bangor, this cottage is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Zip World Penrhyn Quarry and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Snowdonia National Park. Penrhyn Castle and GreenWood ...
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Ffrwdd Galed Uchaf
3.5 out of 5
6 Ffrwdd Galed Tregarth, Bangor, Wales
Situated in Bangor, this cottage is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Zip World Penrhyn Quarry and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Snowdonia National Park. Penrhyn Castle and GreenWood ...
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Stunning holiday home in the heart of north Wales
Stunning holiday home in the heart of north Wales
8 Bron Gwynedd, Bangor, WLS
Situated in Bangor, this holiday home is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Menai Bridge and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Bangor University. St Tysilio's Church and GreenWood Forest ...
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Modern Studios, BANGOR - SK
Modern Studios, BANGOR - SK
3.5 out of 5
349-361 High St, Bangor, Wales
Located in the heart of Bangor, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Bangor University, Menai Bridge and Penrhyn Castle. St Tysilio's Church and ...
3/5 (4 reviews)
Fair value for money
"Good communication with staff. Studio was clean and equipped for making some meals. Central location for visiting surrounding attractions by car. The main negatives were a hard bed, a noisy outside street (at the weekend anyway) and there was a bright light which shone from the building across the ..."

Reviewed on 9 Jun 2021

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