Bangor, the historic university and cathedral city is dominated by the "College on the hill" and lies at the eastern entrance of the Menai Strait.
Gateway to Anglesey and the Ogwen Valley, it is one of the most ancient cities in Wales. Its history began with the building of a monastery there by its first Bishop, Deiniol, in about 525AD.
Nowadays however, the town is a busy shopping centre with many High Street names. For the best view of the surrounding countryside, take a stroll along the ornate Victorian pier. Just outside the town is the famous neo-Norman Penrhyn Castle built for the slate magnate Lord Penrhyn, and now run by the National Trust.
Bangor has good sports facilities with a heated swimming pool and children's paddling pool, the Maesglas Sports Centre and the Arfon Sports Hall. The city has bowls, tennis, cricket and football facilities and an 18 hole golf course. Theatr Gwynedd in Deiniol Road is a modern, intimate theatre with both drama and film on the programme.