Bangor is a university town on the north-west coast of Wales. The town grew up around a monastery, founded in 525 AD. Bangor lay on the post road from London in the 1700s, linking the capital to Dublin via the Porthaethwy Ferry. The arrival of the railway a century later made Bangor a favourite resort for holiday-makers.
Today, Bangor is home to around 20,000 people. The town boasts the longest high street in Wales, with a mix of chain stores and independent traders. Bangor has two shopping centres, a wide variety of pubs and cafés, the Apollo Plaza cinema and Theatr Gwynedd.
With its iconic pier, cathedral, nearby Penrhyn Castle and views over the Menai Strait, Bangor offers plenty of dramatic vistas. The Spinnies nature reserve and the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park are both on the town's doorstep.