Bangor, Wales Travel Guide

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Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle

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Bangor , in north Wales , is one of the smallest cities in the United Kingdom . It is a university city with a population of around 20,000, about a third of whom are students at the University of Wales, Bangor .

The origins of the city date back to the founding of Bangor Cathedral by the Celtic saint Deiniol in the early 6th century AD. The name 'Bangor' itself comes from a Welsh word for a type of fenced-in enclosure, such as was originally on the site of the cathedral. The present cathedral is a somewhat more recent building and has been extensively modified throughout the centuries. While the building itself is not the oldest, and certainly not the biggest, the bishopric of Bangor is one of the oldest in the UK. Another claim to fame is that Bangor allegedly has the longest High Street in Wales.

Bangor is largely contained to the south by Bangor Mountain although the large estate of Maesgeirchen , originally built as council housing , is to the east of the toe of the mountain near to Porth Penrhyn . The presence of Bangor Mountain casts a shadow across the High Street, Glan Adda and Hirael areas such that from November through to March some parts of the High Street in particular receive no direct sunlight as they lie in the shadow of the mountain. Bangor has two rivers within its boundaries. The River Adda is a largely culverted watercourse which only appears above ground at its western extremities near to the Faenol estate , whilst the River Cegin enters Port Penrhyn at the eastern edge of the city.

Bangor railway station , which serves the city, is located on the North Wales Coast Line from Crewe to Holyhead .

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangor,_Wales

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