As the oldest city in Wales, Bangor is rich in historical culture, yet thanks to its university, vibrantly cosmopolitan, and despite its small stature, it has a wealth of popular attractions and things to do.
Why not start your tour of this gorgeous city by visiting the imposing Penrhyn Castle? Set in its impressive and well-maintained gardens, with open forest beyond, the granite edifice hides an opulence rarely seen in Welsh castles, Penrhyn Castle is a must-see.
Equally dramatic is the 6th century Bangor Cathedral, with one of the only Biblical Gardens in its grounds. This stunning collection contains specimens of every plant mentioned within the Bible, and includes the ‘Creation of the Universe’, taken from Genesis.
For culture vultures, the Storiel has something for everyone, from art gallery, museum and contemporary handmade crafts. Offering an expansive programme of events, it’s well worth stopping here for a slice of delicious homemade cake and fresh coffee while considering what to see next.
If retail therapy is your bag, then pop in to the Deiniol Shopping Centre, where big names mingle with independent boutiques offering one-off designs and handcrafted artisan pieces. Bangor also has the longest high street in Wales, so you’re bound to find the perfect thing.
For those who seek a more energetic challenge, Snowdon sits close by, and Bangor is a great base to use. From the peak, the panoramic views over Pembrokeshire and out to Ireland are jaw dropping and vastly beautiful.
Whatever your reasons, catching the train from Cardiff Central to Bangor is the best way to enjoy the city, feeling relaxed. By downloading our app, and following us on Twitter, you’ll receive all the up-to-the-minute news, and be able to book tickets on the move.