What to see in Bangor

You'll want to plan your itinerary well with plenty of things to see in Bangor.

Becky blog author avanti social team

By the Avanti Web Team

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3 min read | 30 April 2024

Appreciate scenic spots, impressive architecture and natural beauty here in this quaint city. See below for a collection of some of the best landmarks in Bangor to see while you’re visiting.

Find the best things to see in Bangor

Despite being one of the smallest cities in the UK, there is lots to see in Bangor. A city of natural beauty and beautiful architecture alike, the sights here are well worth a trip.

Penrhyn Castle and Garden is one of the unmissable sights in Bangor, so be sure to schedule a visit. A neo-Norman fantasy castle built in the 19th century, it’s a sight to behold. A beautiful photography spot, you can enjoy not only the castle but its scenic grounds. Its walled garden filled with plants and fountains is an ideal setting for a stroll. Or discover the 60 acres of woodland surrounding the castle, with great views of Snowdonia’s summits. From the castle’s parkland, you can also get views of the Great Orme and Puffin Island, so be sure to take a phone or camera for great photographs. Once you’ve taken in all of the sights that Penrhyn Castle has to offer, you can sit back and relax at the Castle Cafe of the Stable Cafe. Here you can enjoy a range of hot and cold food and drinks.
Penrhyn Castle and Gardens

The Storiel Art Gallery and Museum is located in the heart of Bangor and holds many exciting seasonal exhibitions to see. Bringing local history to life, a stop here is a great way to soak in Gwynedd’s culture. It’s easy to get lost in the charm of this gallery and spend a day taking it all in. And with a shop and cafe on site, why not? The museum boasts a collection of almost 10,000 fascinating items. This includes archaeology, ceramics, art and photography. It’s a good idea to keep an idea out for any guided tours to make the most of your visit.

Bangor Garth Pier is another landmark to add to your list of places to visit in Bangor. This charming pier was also built in the 19th century and its style is reflective of the era. Offering stunning views of the Menai Strait, it’s no surprise that the pier is a popular Instagram spot. Enjoy strolling along the 1,500ft structure or stop at the pretty Victorian kiosks along the way. Here you can sample snacks and drinks to make your experience even more pleasant.
Bangor Pier

Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, part of Bangor University, is a great place to soak up some culture. The name ‘Pontio’ means ‘to bridge’ in Welsh, and captures the centre’s aim. Pontio sets out to bring people together with its wonderful showcases of arts and culture. Here you can catch live events, music and theatre. You can even bring along the whole family to see a show, with many child-friendly events listed. Worth a visit for any lovers of the arts.

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