Tourist Information Centre

01248 352786
Town Hall
Ffordd Deiniol
LL57 2RE
Bangor is pleasant university and cathedral city, built on the shores of the Menai Straits. It began life as a small fishing village, until its rapid expansion in the early 19th century, when the nearby Penrhyn slate quarries opened and docks were built to export the abundant Welsh blue/grey slate. The coming of the railway in the 1860s and the building of Telford's suspension bridge, across the straits, further advanced the city's status. The Museum and Art Gallery, in the town centre, tells the full story of the city's history.

Today Bangor is very a busy place, especially when its 5000 or so university students are in residence. The University College of North Wales was opened in 1911 and is a fine English Renaissance building. The town centre is a maze of little streets of mainly unremarkable architecture. On the seaward side the streets runs down to the shores of the Menai Straits, where a superb Victorian pier stretches out towards Anglesey. The pier retains much of its original charm and features, including rows of charming little kiosks along its entire length.

The local Tourist Information Centre is located centrally in the Town Hall in the City of Bangor.