What’s There To Do In Bangor?



Pontio Arts And Innovations Centre

For all your entertainment needs. Be it cinema, theatre, circus, comedy, dance, or just a good old coffee and cake, Pontio is your go-to arts and culture establishment in Bangor. Also full of art installations and work spaces for students, there’s always surprises to find. Check out “Y Caban” landmark on Pontio Hill for extra points.

Location: Big, modern white building on Deiniol Road.



Storiel Art Gallery

Previously Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, Storiel hosts a variety of art galleries, museum exhibitions and community exhibition spaces to bring the historical and contemporary culture of Gwynedd area to everyone. Frequently offers talks, lectures and guided tours for the eager learner. Storiel also includes a lovely shop and café.

Location: Near the Police Station, opposite Pontio Arts Centrestoriel-3


Oriel Art Gallery By Bangor Arts Initiative

A cosy gallery full of paintings, drawings, photography and much more from artists around the Wales area. Bangor Arts Initiative promotes art in the Bangor community, and also offers a notice board with life-drawing classes, talks and future showings.

Location: Within Deiniol Shopping Centre on the High Street




An art gallery, studio and arts supply shop, this little gem currently shows owner Louise Morgan and Jocelyn Robert’s works dedicated to the beauty of North Wales. Get a dose of inspiration of the local artist’s hub, and pick up your own brushes and paints along the way!

Location: 45A Bangor High Street, near Ty Willis Accommodations



Live Music At Blue Sky Cafe

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Blue Sky, a staple of Bangor’s cafe and lunch place culture, often becomes a venue for relaxed gigs and performances. From music to comedy, upcoming events are a few times monthly, such as VRI (28th September) and 4GoodComedians (5th October).

Location: Middle of Bangor High Street



Live Music At The Belle Vue

A pub commonly known as BV, The Belle Vue is a student favourite for drinks, hangouts and events like Open Mic night (tuesday nights) and free live music (weekends). With a trendy but relaxed indoors and a flowery beer garden, not only can you hear some great local talent, but anyone is welcome to step up to play on the night (any kind of instruments, voices, even spoken word poetry encouraged!)

Location: Corner of College Road and Holyhead Road



Bangor Amateur Theatre And Dance At JP Theatre

Overlooking the Menai Straits, the Neuadd John Phillips Hall functions as the building for creative and media studies, but also frequently hosts performances of the university’s dance and drama societies. Keep a lookout on Seren on upcoming shows!

Location: Hidden along College Road, past the Management Centre



Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle

A small hike away from the city centre, the 19th century Penhryn Castle and its garden grounds are a must visit for any history enthusiast. With this, the estate boasts is full to the brim with artwork, wonderfully restored rooms and a striking garden to enjoy sights. Exhibitions currently include Harrison’s Garden of clocks as well as The Effects of Time at Penhryn.

Location: Outside Bangor. Take the bus (5,X5, 67, 67C, 67L) and stop at Llandegai Ffordd Fawr/Penhryn Castle



Bangor Victorian Pier 

Grab your coins and take a walk along Bangor’s Pier, completed in 1896 for a taste of local history. See the mountains, the sea, and discover the little local shops, cafes and mini art galleries in the kiosks. There is even a possibility for crabbing!

Location: Follow down College road until you see the pier. Alternative: Go along the A5 following the signs to the Pier.



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