The small and lively city of Bangor in North Wales is a great place to head to for a day out, with its lively arts and culture scene. When considering purchasing our Wales caravans for sale, it is good to know what attractions are in the area that you can enjoy with family and friends. Read on to find out the things to do on a day out in Bangor.
The 19th century castle looks like it has come straight from the pages of a fantasy novel, with its towers and arrow slits. Stepping inside, you can explore the wonderful and elaborately decorated rooms, with Gothic stairways and fine art. Then, like the castle, the grounds and gardens of Penrhyn are dramatic, and a feast for the senses. The lawns are great for a picnic in the summer, and nature trails through the wood will further enhance the fantasy feel of the castle. There is also an adventure playground and outdoor gym for the kids. The different gardens are lovely to walk through at any time of the year, from the jungle-like Bog Garden to the precise topiary in the Walled Garden.
The Play Centre
Perfect for rainy days, the Play Centre in Bangor is sure to be popular with the whole family. There are toys for babies and toddlers, a mini football pitch, a toddler play system and a junior play system suitable for ages 4-12. The centre also has free Wi-Fi and a café for adults, also with comfy seating allowing you to relax and keep an eye on the children. The Play Centre is open Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 3 pm and 10 am to 6 pm on the weekend. Admission is £4.25 for non-members, with adults going free.
Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery
Storiel, formerly known as the Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, boasts a collection formed in 1884 that continues to grow, and it is a great place to visit if you want to learn more about the local history. Located opposite the cathedral, you can find about the history of Wales and Gwynedd, with archaeological artefacts, costume and textiles, fine art and much more. Entry to the museum is free, and it is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.
With all the mudflats that are exposed at high tide, it is a surprise to find one of Britain’s longest piers at Bangor. Built in 1896, Garth Pier stretches out 460m into the Menai Strait, almost all the way to Anglesey. Ornate kiosks are scattered along its length, and there is a tearoom at the end. You can glimpse the Menai Suspension Bridge in the distance, and in the winter seasons, the mudflats below the pier are perfect for seeing the variety of wading birds that stop by on their migration.
The Clock Tower can be found in the centre of Bangor and makes for a fun photo opportunity with the family. The tower was built in 1886 to 1887 and was presented to the city of Bangor by the Mayor of the time Thomas Garthewen. The tower is Grade II listed, and the red brick definitely stands out on the high street!
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