Bangor City Guide – One Of The Smallest City In The UK
Bangor Wales, this city in Gwynedd is one of the smallest in the UK, seeming more like a sleepy market town, though it does have the longest main street in Wales. Half the population consists of students at the university, the other half speaks Welsh as a first or second language. The city’s origins date back to the arrival of the Celtic Saint Deiniol early in the 6th century. He founded the monastic settlement that became the abbey that became the cathedral that gave Bangor Gwynedd its city status. The Cathedral – dating from the 12th century but much altered and extended since – remains the major focal point it has always been.
Bangor Gwynedd developed from sleepy village to bustling town when the post road to Holyhead arrived, and later when the Bethesda slate quarries opened. Tourism became important in the 19th century and Bangor became the most important town in North Wales, with a bustling quayside, busy railway junction and local industries like shipbuilding, sawmilling and foundry work. Today, physical evidence of that Victorian heyday remains, but the city is much quieter.
It is contained to the south by Bangor Mountain – actually, a steep hillside that appears more imposing than its height should allow. It casts a shadow that means some areas of that long High Street are never bathed in the winter sunlight. The city seems even smaller than it really is because a large proportion of the population lives in a massive housing estate called Maesgeirchen (colloquially `Maes-G’), separated from the town by Bangor Mountain with but a single access road.
For the energetic, Bangor United Kingdom lies at the end (or beginning) of the 95-km (60-mi) North Wales Path, a long-distance walk that begins (or ends) at Prestatyn, providing some of the most dramatic coastal scenery imaginable.
The population of Bangor Wales United Kingdom
18,810 (2011 census)
When To Visit Bangor Wales United Kingdom
July and August, for wonderful walks amidst great scenery and a student-free city.
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You Should Know About Bangor Wales United Kingdom
- The panoramic views of the city, Menai Strait and island of Anglesey from the top of Bangor Mountain.
Bangor’s long pier, one of the finest in Britain, saved from demolition in the 1970s and now fully refurbished.
- The Norman Penrhyn Castle, containing a collection of early furniture and old master paintings.
- Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, telling the story of Bangor and Its people over the years – and a ‘dining good yarn it is.
- A train ride to scenic Llanberis, besides its clear mountain lake – the gateway to Snowdonia National Park.
- Port Penrhyn east of town at the mouth of the River Cegin, still in use but no longer of the importance it enjoyed when the slate industry was In full swing.
The Beatles came to Bangor in 1967 to meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the first time – and learned of manager Brian Epstein’s death while they were here.