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.
The coastal location of Bangor led to the emergence of a small fishing village and the establishment of a monastery on the current site of Bangor Cathedral.
Although it now boasts one of the longest High Streets in the UK, Bangor may have remained undeveloped were it not for the presence of the nearby Penrhyn slate quarries. The quarries opened in the 19th century and docks were built in Bangor to accommodate the Welsh slate, which was being imported.
Bangor’s status as a seaside destination was cemented in the 1860s, with the arrival of the railway line and the construction, across Menai Strait, of the Telford Bridge.