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Escape to the scenic coast of North Wales and stay in the cultural, student-filled city of Bangor. Although one of the smallest cities in the United Kingdom, Bangor is full of historic attractions and things to do, standing at the gateway between the mountains and the sea. Hop between the various sights, while taking time to admire views of the island of Anglesey, on the other side of the Menai Strait.
Explore Bangor Cathedral, which stands on the site of a 6th-century monastery built by St. Deiniol. This was where the city began, although Bangor remained a small fishing settlement until the 19th century. The region flourished when the university was established and as the local slate got shipped around the world.
Learn more about the history of the town at Storiel, a museum and gallery dedicated to the county. Exhibits include Welsh furniture and textiles, local geology and Roman weaponry.
Visit the attractions on the campus of Bangor University, such as the collections in the Brambell Natural History Museum, which is occasionally open to the public. Pontio is a sleek, modern arts center run by the university. The venue hosts a diverse program of English and Welsh theater, ballet, cinema and music throughout the year.
Bring your camera for photos of Anglesey. Walking trails around the Roman Camp, which is actually a Norman settlement, offer expansive coastal views. Wander along Garth Pier, a 19th-century structure that stretches for 1,500 feet (457 meters) into the Menai Strait.
Eye-catching Penrhyn Castle stands outside the city center and was built in the Norman style by a 19th-century slave owner wanting to display his wealth. Visit to see an industrial railway museum in its halls.
Bangor is easily accessible on the British railway network, as it is a transport hub for North Wales. Board a train to the city, then explore it on foot to appreciate all of the attractions. North Wales stays mild throughout the year, but come in spring or summer to make the most of the long days.
Accommodation in Bangor
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Often recommended examples of slightly more high-quality accommodation options in Bangor are the Château Rhianfa, Beaumaris, and The Management Centre, College Road. More budget-friendly options worth having a look at are the Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, at Nant Ffrancon, and the Bishopsgate House Hotel, at 54 Castle Street.
Situated in Bangor, this guesthouse is within 12 mi (20 km) of Penrhyn Castle, Bangor University, and Menai Bridge. Swallow Falls and National Slate Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in the heart of Bangor, this bed & breakfast is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Bangor University and within 3 mi (5 km) of Menai Bridge and Penrhyn Castle. Beaumaris Castle and Caernarfon Castle are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Bangor, this bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Penrhyn Castle, Bangor University, and Menai Bridge. Aber Falls and Caernarfon Castle are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in the heart of Bangor, this guesthouse is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Bangor University and within 3 mi (5 km) of Penrhyn Castle and Menai Bridge. Beaumaris Castle and Aber Falls are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Bangor, this guesthouse is within 6 mi (10 km) of Menai Bridge, Penrhyn Castle, and Bangor University. Caernarfon Castle and National Slate Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Bangor, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Penrhyn Castle and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Bangor University. Aber Falls and Menai Bridge are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Bangor, this bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Penrhyn Castle, Bangor University, and Menai Bridge. Aber Falls and Caernarfon Castle are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in the mountains, this guesthouse is within 9 mi (15 km) of Penrhyn Castle, Bangor University, and National Slate Museum. Dolbadurn Castle and Menai Bridge are also within 9 mi (15 km).