Travelling around Bangor
Bangor can lay claim to being the oldest city in Wales and one of the smallest in the UK. Located on the north-west coast of Wales it boasts stunning views across the Menai Strait and is an ideal base from which to explore the nearby Snowdonia National Park.
Bangor makes up for its relative lack of size with a genuine sense of excitement and vibrancy. Much of this can be put down to the presence of more than 10,500 students attending Bangor University.
The fact that Bangor is located on the North Wales Coastal Line means it is easily reachable by rail from both within Wales and the rest of the wider UK. Arriva bus routes also run through Bangor and on to places nearby, such as the transport hub of Holyhead and the tourist centre of Beaumaris.
One of the most appealing aspects of the centre of Bangor is the presence of a Victorian Pier, which stretches 460 metres out into the bay and offers the chance to sample traditional seaside vendors along its length.
If you want to explore the rich history of Bangor and its surrounding area, pay a visit to Storiel, which used to be known as the Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery. Nearby you’ll find the imposing form of Penrhyn Castle, which was built to impress in the 19th century. As well as being architecturally striking, it is home to a doll museum, two galleries and a railway museum.
Anyone keen on exploring the nature of the area should pay a visit to The Spinnies, two bird hides located on the coast near to the castle. From here you can admire the local wildlife and stunning views.