Beyond Bangor

Anglesey...

Anglesey is one of the most popular destinations in North Wales and because it’s an island there’s the added bonus of never being too far from the sea. There are plenty of sand-kissed beaches to chose from when you cross the bridge so when the sun is smiling, get your friends together for a spot of sunbathing. Or if you’re the sporty type take your board with you because the island is a popular spot for surfers.

Anglesey is your gateway to Ireland so why not treat yourself to a day trip. The high speed ferry means that the joys of Dublin are less than 2 hours away from Holyhead.

While you’re on the island you could also visit the historic town of Beaumaris, complete with its own castle, or why not visit the village with the longest name in Britain! It’s worth it just to take your picture by the sign that says Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysilio-gogogoch. More on Anglesey.

Snowdonia National Park...

The Snowdonia National Park is a haven for those of you who appreciate natural beauty. The park covers 25 miles of national treasure with picnic spots and attractions.

The village of Llanberis is at the heart of the park with stunning lakes and scenery. If you fancy a challenge bring your walking boots with you and climb from here to the summit of Snowdon - the highest peak in England and Wales. On the other hand if you’re not the climbing type, there’s always the easy way up via the Snowdon Mountain Railway. More on Snowdonia National Park.

Nearby towns...

The nearby towns of Caernarfon and Llandudno have plenty to offer includinga buzzing nightlife and plenty of popular restaurants and attractions.

The royal town of Caernarfon is around 8 miles from Bangor and is worth a visit even if it’s just to see its famous castle.

Llandundo which is around 15 miles from Bangor is a holiday hotspot for tourists and a favourite with locals to do a spot of shopping.

You should also spend a day in Conwy, a medieval walled town with a historic castle and superb scenery.

Picturesque villages...

Due to Bangor’s wonderful location you won’t be short of places to visit. There are a number of unique villages full of character that you just have to see.

Betws y Coed is a scenic village and a popular destination with tourists and ramblers. But if you don’t have your walking boots with you there’s also a wide range of shops and places to eat.

Beddgelert is another picturesque and unspoilt village surrounded by superb scenery, with Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales dominating the skyline. The village is a hot spot for walkers and climbers. It’s worth going there just to hear the tale behind the name which means “Gelert’s grave”.

A little further a field...

If you’ve got some time on your hands, if you want to find something special to wear for the Summer Ball or if you need to buy some Christmas presents don’t forget that Chester is just over an hour away by car or train from Bangor.

The Llŷn Peninsula is another must see if you’ve got some spare time especially during the early summer months when villages like Aberdaron and Abersoch are at their best. Abersoch is a popular destination for surfers especially at Hell’s Mouth. The largest wakeboarding festival in Europe is also held in the area.

Porthmadog is famous for the Italian village of Portmeirion which was the location for the TV series The Prisoner, the last ever episode of Cold Feet and Supergrass’ music video for ‘Alright’. More information on Portmeirion.