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Situated on the north coast of Wales alongthe Menai Straits, Bangor is blessed with awonderful setting. With views of the Isleof Anglesey and the Menai Suspension Bridge in one direction, and Snowdonia’stowering peaks in the other, this friendly coastal city packs a powerful scenicpunch.

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

A walk is all that’s needed to take in Bangor’shighlights, 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 nearbySnowdoniaNational Park and the energy of students at BangorUniversity — another of the city’s claims to fame — and Bangorhas something for everyone.

Best of BangorWhether you’re here torelax or explore, Bangor will oblige. Stroll along the photogenic pier — the second longest in Wales — and take your time to soaking up Bangor’sstunning views over Anglesey. The great Edwardian buildings of BangorUniversity are admirable and you can drop into GwyneddMuseum and Art Gallery to uncover Bangor’spast. Then, if you swap your sightseeing for shopping, there are plenty of quirkyindependent shops in Bangor centre to potteraround in and the longest high street in Wales to explore.

Afterwards, perhaps youcould get all cosy in the welcoming pubs and cafes, enjoy fresh local producein the restaurants and bistros, and sample Bangor’slively evening scene, with its regular live music, folk music and classical concerts.

History of BangorBangor’sorigins lie in the early 6th century, when Saint Deiniol founded amonastery 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-styleenclosure 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 slatemining and shipbuilding industries; and in the 19th century, theadvent 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’sSt.Deiniol Golf Club, with its lovely 18-hole course designed byfive-time Open champion James Braid.

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

Alternatively, there is the opportunity to roam the naturereserves around Bangor’s River Ogwen and MenaiStrait shores, relax on the nearby sandy beaches, or stride out on the dramaticNorth Wales Path that traces the coast between Bangorand Prestatyn.

Top hotels in Bangor

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Eryl Mor Hotel
Eryl Mor Hotel
3 out of 5
2 Upper Garth Rd, Bangor, Wales
The price is £137 per night

Situated in Bangor, this golf hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Bangor University, Menai Bridge and Penrhyn Castle. St Tysilio's Church and Anglesey Area of ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)
Great view

"Lovely warm room, however the conservatory was cold at breakfast. Good value and great view though."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Eryl Mor Hotel
The Management Centre
The Management Centre
4 out of 5
College Road, Bangor, Wales
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £88 per night

Located in the heart of Bangor, this guesthouse is within 3 miles (5 km) of Bangor University, Menai Bridge and St Tysilio's Church. Anglesey Area of Outstanding ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (305 reviews)
Civilised.

"Civilised. Very good service. Flakey wifi.Great vires over the Menai Strait."…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

The Management Centre
Tap and Spile Hotel
Tap and Spile Hotel
3.5 out of 5
83 Garth Road, Bangor, Wales
The price is £85 per night

Situated in Bangor, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Bangor University, Menai Bridge and Penrhyn Castle. St Tysilio's Church and Anglesey Area of Outstanding ...

4.1/5Very Good! (14 reviews)
Great visit to Tap and Spile

"Very nice stay and happy to return in the future."…"

Reviewed on 1 May 2020

Tap and Spile Hotel

Popular places to visit in Bangor

Bangor University
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Bangor University

4/5(28 reviews)

Founded in 1884 and set in the heart of beautiful North Wales, Bangor University has been undergoing huge investment, which has helped make it a highly desirable place to study.

Menai Bridge
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Menai Bridge

4.5/5(216 reviews)

The Menai Bridge connects the Isle of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales across the Menai Strait. The world-famous wrought iron suspension bridge offers stunning views over the Snowdonia mountain range to the west and Anglesey to the north.

Penrhyn Castle
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Penrhyn Castle

4/5(8 reviews)

Penrhyn Castle is a stylish Victorian manor house offering views of Snowdonia National Park and the Menai Strait. Built at great expense, this National Trust property oozes luxury and extravagance, and is also known for its beautiful walled garden and railway museum.

Bangor Cathedral
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Bangor Cathedral

Find out about the history of Bangor with a stop at Bangor Cathedral. Discover the mountain views and lively bars in this relaxing area.

St Tysilio's Church
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St Tysilio's Church

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Enjoy an outing to St Tysilio's Church during your stay in Bangor. Discover the mountain views and lively bars in this relaxing area.

Mount Snowdon
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Mount Snowdon

4.5/5(303 reviews)

Mount Snowdon lies at the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, an area of unspoiled natural beauty in Central Wales. At 3,560 feet, it is the tallest mountain in Wales and the tallest in the UK outside the Scottish Highlands. The range of routes leading to the higher reaches of the mountain, however, makes it a firm favourite with families and you don’t have to be an expert climber or hiker to access some of the most stunning views in the UK.

Top things to do in Bangor

CHESTER: North Wales Adventure - Sightseeing Day Trip Tour
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CHESTER: North Wales Adventure - Sightseeing Day Trip Tour

£47
Per adult
LIVERPOOL: North Wales Adventure Sightseeing - Day Trip Tour
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LIVERPOOL: North Wales Adventure Sightseeing - Day Trip Tour

£47
Per adult
Llandudno Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Llandudno Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£13
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
GreenWood Family Park
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GreenWood Family Park

£16
Per adult
SNOWDONIA AND THE 3 CASTLES TOUR
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SNOWDONIA AND THE 3 CASTLES TOUR

£60
Per adult
Guided Scrambles Snowdonia
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Guided Scrambles Snowdonia

£88
Per adult

Reviews of Bangor

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Oct 2019

It's easy to get parked and the locals are friendly

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

7 Aug 2019

Bit of a dump reslly would avoid in future

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Aug 2019

The Victoria peer provides for a nice walk - about 1.5 mile from the centre of town and the Italian restaurant there provides nice food.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

5 Aug 2019

The Baptist Church was friendly

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

11 Jul 2019

It’s just ok, didn’t really get a chance to see more , if there’s is more ??

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