Bangor is a cathedral city in northwest Wales, which is the oldest city in Wales. This small university city has ancient roots which can be traced back to the 6th century.

Bangor’s most famous attraction is Penrhyn Castle and Gardens. This National Trust site is described as a fantasy castle with industrial and colonial foundations. Tour the castle, gardens, museum and shop to learn about how wealth derived from slavery shaped the built environment of Wales and underpinned local working histories. A great day out for all the family.

Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve was the first national nature reserve in Wales. Explore this upland environment, through beautiful ice-sculpted Cwm Idwal – a bowl-shaped hollow filled with the crystal clear waters of Llyn Idwal. The site is world famous for its rock formations and its rare and fragile plant life.

The Pontio is an arts and innovation centre in Bangor which showcase a variety of things, from friendly educational shows to comedy and music shows.

Why not stroll along Bangor Garth Pier which stretches 1,500 feet in length and is the second-longest pier in Wales. You will be treated to views of Anglesey and either side of the Menai Strait.

Travelling to Bangor by Ferry

The closest ferry port to Bangor is Holyhead Ferry Terminal. This ferry terminal is approximately 40km away (25 miles) which would be a pleasant drive allowing you to explore the Welsh countryside, taking around 30minutes.

There is actually three separate Welsh to ferry ports that will get you within a 4 hour 30 minute drive of Bangor. Where ever you live in the world, driving to Bangor should be easy with ferries arriving into Wales from the Republic of Ireland.