Short Guide to the Area

Culture and Attractions in Bangor

Bangor is a historic city exploding with character and whether you’re taking advantage of its sporty location or exploring one of its old buildings, you won’t get bored here.

Museum and Gallery...

If you want to find out more about the Welsh history or culture of Bangor, you should head down to Bangor Museum on Ffordd Gwynedd. There you’ll be able to look through relics and reconstructions of domestic life. There’s also an Art Gallery which displays various artists’ work throughout the year from historic paintings to modern art.

Cathedral...

At the heart of the city you’ll find the ancient Cathedral, one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain. It was founded in 525 Ad by St Deiniol but has been rebuilt many times in its long history. The present building was restored between 1870 and 1880. The tomb of Owain Gwynedd, a Welsh Prince, also lives in the Cathedral. If you do visit the cathedral, take a minute to walk through the pleasant retreat of the Bible Garden.

Pier...

Bangor has its very own Victorian Pier which was built in 1896 and lovingly restored in the 1980’s. It stretches halfway across the Menai Straits and is surrounded by traditional pubs and restaurants. The pier is a popular spot for students to revise when the sun’s out in summer.

Shopping...

When it comes to shopping, Bangor has something to suit every taste and pocket. It has the best of both worlds, a historic atmosphere on one hand and a modern shopping centre on the other. Bangor boasts the longest High Street in Wales, which is only a few minutes walk from all our Halls of Residence. There’s a good mix of national chain stores and smaller local businesses.

You won’t have to go out of Bangor to find what you need, be it a book, new clothes a musical instrument or even a goldfish.

Botanical Gardens...

If you’re a nature lover you’ll find your own little paradise in the Treborth Botanical Gardens. The University uses the gardens for teaching and research but it’s also open to the public. The gardens cover 40 acres of land and have over 2,000 species of plants and wildlife.

Aber Falls...

Thousands of visitors flock to the scenic Aber Falls every year. Located between the mountains and the coast just off the A55, the Aber Falls waterfall is said to be one of the steepest in England and Wales.

The bridges...

When you visit Anglesey from Bangor you’ll have to take one of two bridges to cross the 12-mile-long Menai Strait. Thomas Telford was responsible for the Menai Bridge, the first ever link between Anglesey and the Mainland. The Britannia Bridge was built as a railway bridge later on.

To find out what awaits you on the other side of the bridges see our Beyond Bangor page or see the National Tourist Board’s website for more attractions.