While Bangor isn't the most attractive town in North Wales, it has a lively arts and cultural scene, and is the site of two of the region's best 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. Bangor University, founded in 1884, sits on a ridge above town, its neo-Gothic contours aping those of the cathedral. During term time over 10,000 students swell the city's population, bringing youthful vigour and the area's best nightlife.