Bangor Coast Guide
As with Caernarfon to the west, Bangor is not well known as a seaside resort but as a historic city with a cathedral and university. It is also the main crossing point to Anglesey, via the spectacular suspension bridge over the Menai Strait. The famous landmark bridge, which was built by Thomas Telford, was opened in 1826 to improve access between London and Holyhead.
The town is dominated by the University which sits on the skyline and can be seen from many parts of the town. The University is modelled on the cathedral and looks like one - but the real cathedral is tucked away in the town centre and has a charm and atmosphere of its own, being much the older building dating from the 12th century but substantially remodelled in the 19th century.
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Bangor is not really a seaside resort but there are major resort nearby at Llandudno and the area is very scenic with the Menai Strait to the front of the town and the Snowdonia National Park a few miles to the rear. Bangor pier is worth visiting - it stretches 450 yards into the Menai Straits and offers some great views. It was built around 1896 when Bangor was a popular resort with Victorian folk. It is a great base for a touring or walking holiday.
What to see in Bangor
Bangor Cathedral - 13th century Cathedral - Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 1RL - Wales, UK Phone: +44 (0)1248 353983
Penrhyn Castle - Built around 1820 in the Norman style now a National Trust property - Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 4HN - Wales, UK Phone: (0)1248 353084
Snowdonia National Park - lies around 10 miles to the south of Bangor along the A5.
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Whether your idea of an ideal activity is sunbathing or you prefer something more strenuous, the chances are that you will be able to pursue this at the coast. There is a wide selection of activities that can be found on our coastline - these range from a gentle stroll to the next bay, to swimming and snorkelling, to more energetic activities such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kite sailing. See Activities section.
Attractions - see listings pages
A huge selection of attractions are available within the coastal area and this section will have details of many of them. From piers and harbours to fun fairs and roller coasters, the listings will have details of what's available in your chosen area. For details of attractions look in the resort pages.
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Pubs, restaurants and shopping guide
The listings section will also have details of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and shops available in the locality. Restaurants and shops coming soon.....
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We will bring you feature articles about the coastline and news items about life in the coastal area. contributions to this section are welcome.