Bangor University commands a fine vantage position overlooking the centre of Bangor and beyond. These great Edwardian buildings were created by Thomas Hare. They are full of character and history; the University was founded in 1884. I was lucky enough to have a look inside at the decorative great hall and music rooms. Normally, the terrace is open...more
Penrhyn Castle is a mighty, majestic Castle which sits on a hillside to the East of Bangor. It is owned and maintained to a very high standard by the National Trust. The Castle is 200 yards long with 70 roofs extending over an acre. It was built between 1820 and 1837 of Anglesey limestone, to the design of Thomas Hopper.Inside the house you will be...more
10 Estate Road, Bangor, BT19 1UR, United Kingdom
Good for: Couples
The hotel is set in a business park called Parc Menai or Menai Park in English, this is perfect as...more
I stayed here with my family, there was 6 of us so we had 3 seperate rooms. 2 of us stayed in double...more
When I was at uni in Bangor this was the 'Union Garth'. now it's been twiddled and updated, and has become 'The Boatyard' ............ ' Bangor's Classy Pub Bistro' , apparently. But, to be fair, it's a perfectly pleasant pub. The food was ok (only ate there once), there's a menu choice above and beyond standard UK pub fare (and I don't think it's...more
The Ristorante Pulcinella is a lovely little Italian restaurant in Bangor, situated in a beautiful location right next to the Pier, and offers spectacular sunset views. It is important that you reserve a table, even if it is just two of you, as this restaurant gets extremely busy. If you are ringing to book, make sure you ring in the evenings and...more
The Tap and spile is situated right opposite the pier in Bangor, overlooking the Menai Straits and Southern Anglesey. The pub has a lovely friendly atmosphere and great value food. After a long day walking around Bangor and Penrhyn Castle we decided to eat locally (we were staying upstairs!) and I had a chance to sample the value for money mixed...more
The Boatyard is a nice gastro pub on the road to the pier, Tastefully decorated the interior is comfortable and relaxing much like sitting in your own front room. Although a little pricy for students they do offer a 2 meals for £9.99 between 12:00 - 14:30it's a nice place to call in for a drink and my Son can look at his front door while sitting in...more
The Tap & Spile is a great pub opposite the Pier, popular with both students and locals it's a great place to call in for a drink or for something to eat from what is quite a good menu and all at really reasonable prices. It is quite nice when you walk in with some great old signs up on the walls, one of which is for a brand of Cigarettes called...more
Situated opposite the Cathedral this large pub is popular day and night. They have ample seating and a large bar area. The menu is quite good and will be the same one available in most Yate's pubs.I have had breakfast here a couple of times the first time it was quite nice but on my last visit we had to wait quite a while (Ordered the All Day...more
We visited the Piranha Lounge due to a friends recommendation. We are students and new to the area. We were struck first and foremost about the quality of the in terms of decor and cocktails. I'm a bit of a stickler when it comes to cocktails but I had some of the best cocktails ever here, similar to ones i tried when in new york. It has a really...more
This large pub is friendly and welcoming, Prices seem a bit cheaper than some of the other pubs and the menu is basic but good and not expensive. It is a very student friendly pub although it does not have Wireless internet anymore there are large tables to spread all your work out on.they have some great offers on various nights and they have...more
April 2008 A small pub with the worst wall paper i have seen for quite some time and although it is a bit shocking at first it certainly makes a talking point, it was a good place to sit and chat, we were served by a man who i presume was the landlord and we were made welcome, the bar was surrounded by a few locals who seemed friendly and certainly...more
I have put this place in Resteraunts as well, because it is completely different during the day and at night. The Yates in Bangor is between High Street and Yellow Pub, and as such makes a good stop on a Pub Crawl, or as a port of call before heading to a night club. It gets quite full at night, but the bar never seems as busy as other places. The...more
Bangor Train Station is located on the main rail line to Holyhead, and as such gives the city excellent rail links to Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Holyhead, London and more.There are some direct trains to Liverpool and Manchester, but normally a change at Chester is required. There are many direct trains to London Euston and Birmingham...more
Bangor Bus Station is just off high street on Garth Road, by Denenhams, and from here you can get busses to most places in North Wales.a 'Red Rover' ticket, which allows you unlimited travel within a certain area (it is quite large and will get you to such places as Conwy, Caernaerfon and Llanberis) for one day is £4.95.The number below is for...more
Bangor has fantastic rail links due to it's position in relation to anglesy and the ferries at holyhead. You can get to london in just 3 and a half hours, there is a train to Manchester every 2 hours. Look at the arriva trains wales website to book your tickets in advance for some realy good discounts, (single tickets to or from Manchester are £10...more
Booze Buster is a small alcohol shop located on College Road. It has the cheapest prices for most alcohol products in Bangor, and also does a Student Discount on Wednesdays. They also sell chocolates and crisps, and gifts for special occasions.The staff in here are also usually very friendly. 6-packs of bottles of lager are between £5 and £6, and...more
Many customs have survived in Wales one being the giving of Love spoons by the men of Wales. This custom dates back to the 17th century. Traditionally the spoons were carved by the common man who maybe lacking in a formal education were skilled in many arts and crafts, many hours would be spent decoratively carving the handle of the wooden spoon so that he could present it to a young girl in the village as a token of love and affection. The custom continues today and Love spoons are used to commemorate many occasions not just love. You can buy them from many art and craft shops all over Wales and they are now given to celebrate births, christenings, birthdays, engagements, marriage and anniversaries. They make a great gifts or souvenirs
I'm repeating this tip in a number of locations, because people simply don't seem to realise.The mountains of Snowdonia are not high in comparison with others in the world. It's easy to underestimate their danger.Welsh weather can change quickly. Slate and scree are slippery, even when it's not wet. It's easy to fall.If you're walking, dress...more
Although Bangor is generally a friendly place there are the odd places like in every town or city that it is best to stay away from or maybe things you should just ignore if you can. Although Bangor is quite privileged in Wales to have a large student population which keeps the city going there are a few people that resent foreigners being in Wales...more
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Puffin Island lies of the eastern tip of Anglesey, in the Menai Straits, and is currently uninhabited. Made of Carboniferous limestone, it is the ninth largest Island off the Welsh Coast, is 58m above sea level at its highest point and is surrounded by steep cliffs. The island is owned by the Baron Hill estate, and no landings are allowed without permission.
St. Seiriol, who established a monastery in the Island in the 6th Century, is said to be buried there. It is known that a Monastery still existed on the Island as late as the 12th Century from Giraldus Cambrensis, who visited there in 1188.
It is said that King Cadwallon ap Cadfan of Gwynedd sheltered here in the year 630, while fleeing from an Invasion from Northumbria.
There are still several ecclesiastical buildings are still visible on the Island, as well as a disused Telegraph station on the northern tip.
There is one identified Shipwreck also, that of the Steam ship The Pioneer, which ran aground when the tow lines to it broke after it was rescued from engine failure. The ship was carrying a cargo of Iron Bars.
The Island is now a Special Protection Area (SPA), mainly because of the large Great Cormorant colony which inhabits the Island, with over 750 pairs it is one of the largest int he UK. The puffins, from which the Island gets its name, once numbered over 2,000 pairs, however Brown Rats which were introduced accidentally to the Island and reduced the puffin population to very few pairs. The numbers of Puffins on the Island is rising again however, after the Countryside Council for North Wales initiated a programme of poisoning the rats which appears to have eradicated them.
During the summer months, pleasure cruses are run from Beaumaris so tourists can view the Island, the Seal colony and birdlife.
Hmm. Bangor is hardly known for its "Sports avtivitys". But by travelling a few miles or so out side of Bangor, you reach Plas Menai.
I recently went here to take part in rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, hiking and various other outdoor and water sports.
It is situated right on the Menai Straights, meaning access straight into the sea.
Although hardgoing and sometimes very challenging, fun can be had and you come back to a nice warm meal!
I believe there is a swimming pool in side the building although I was outside so could not comment on this.
The instructors are very good, so I would reccomend this as in Bangor there is only a couple of gyms! And fresh air is lovely!
Equipment: All gear is provided.