Bangor Travel Guide

  • Bangor Cathedral
    Bangor Cathedral
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  • Bangor Uni
    Bangor Uni
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  • Yellowpub, Bangor
    Yellowpub, Bangor
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Bangor Things to Do

  • Bangor University

    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...

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  • The Porch of the Penrhyn Arms Hotel

    The porch remains as a memorial to the fact that the University, founded in 1884, was first established here, only moving to its present sites from 1910. The hotel had 130 beds, and stabling for 100 horses.

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  • Penrhyn Castle

    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...

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  • Port Penrhyn

    Port Penrhyn is a great area just East of Bangor Pier. It was an important port in the 19th century, exporting the slates produced at the Penrhyn Quarry. Nowadays this is a picturesque port area where a mixture of commercial and pleasure boats are kept and maintained.

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  • The Bible Garden

    The Bible Garden is a peaceful little park situated in front of the Cathedral in Bangor. It is so-called because it contains many species of shrubs and trees found in the Bible

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  • Stone Circle

    Bangor was home to the National Eisteddfodd in 1931, this is a festival of Welsh Poetry, Music and dancing. As is customary, a Stone Circle was erected to commemorate this prestigious event.

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Bangor Hotels

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Bangor Restaurants

  • Pleasant pub.

    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...

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  • Italian Sunset, in Bangor!

    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...

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  • Great value for money

    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...

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  • The Boatyard

    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...

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  • Beer at Tap

    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...

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  • Blob shop

    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...

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Bangor Nightlife

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  • Piranha Lounge

    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...

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  • Yellowpub

    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...

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  • Get down to the Greek

    As well as being a great restaurant The greek is also a great place to go at night, It has a great bar and with it's outdoor/indoor seating area there is loads of room and a really great atmosphere

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  • Unsurprisingly busy

    Recently renovated, Varsity Bangor is probably the most popular bar for Students. It's busiest night is "Pound party", where many drinks are only £1 or £1.50. It is a popular alternative to the city's nightclubs as there is still a DJ and dancefloor. Informal

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  • A Small Pub

    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...

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  • Nice drinking spot

    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...

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Bangor Transportation

  • Bangor Train Station

    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...

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  • Bangor Bus Station

    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...

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  • Great Rail Links

    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...

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Bangor Shopping

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  • Bangor High Street

    Bangor is reputed to have the longest High Street in Wales. It is indeed very long and provides a wide variety of shops from local butchers, bakers to large department stores and high street banks.

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  • Loads at a Pound

    This was probably the best Pound shop ever, far better than any we have in oldham or Manchester, it is certainly great for students. I had to come out before looking all the way around the shop because i would have spent all my money.

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  • Alcohol heaven

    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...

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Bangor Local Customs

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    by Balam Updated Dec 7, 2009

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    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

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Bangor Warnings and Dangers

  • Take care.

    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...

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  • Racism and unwarranted hatred

    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...

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Bangor Off The Beaten Path

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    by Evenith666 Written Mar 13, 2009

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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.

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Bangor Sports & Outdoors

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    by aimeeashley Written Mar 11, 2010

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    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.

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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Hiking and Walking

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