While Bangor isn't the most attractive town in North Wales, it has a lively arts and cultural scene, boosted by the addition of two fantastic new venues: Pontio and Storiel. Dominated by its university and blessed with a multicultural population, it's the largest city in Gwynedd and a major transport hub for North Wales, with plenty of onward connections to Anglesey and Snowdonia.
St Deiniol established a monastery here in the 6th century, which grew up into Bangor’s sweet little cathedral. The main university building sits above it on a ridge, its contours aping those of the cathedral. Bangor University was founded in 1884 and it is now rated as the best university in Wales and one of the top 15 in the UK. During term time 10,000 students swell the city's population.