Whether for a long weekend or a family break, catching the train from London to Bangor is a relaxing and ecologically friendly way to visit the city.

There is a range of money-saving discounts available, including our range of railcards, and if you plan to bring your bike, you'll be happy to know that we have dedicated spaces on most of our trains.

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Thanks to its university, this small city in North Wales has a rich and diverse culture. Lively and vibrant, there’s plenty for visitors to experience.

With a history dating back to at least the 6th century, Bangor is often the first step of those wishing to conquer the great Mount Yr Wyddfa . Part of the Eryri range, it towers above its neighbouring peaks at an impressive 3,560 feet. The first recorded climb was in the 1600s, but now more than 600,000 walkers scale its heights annually. Six main routes to the summit exist of varying difficulty, although most involve some ‘scrambling’, and none of the trails should be taken lightly. From the peak, Yr Wyddfa  offers expansive views of the UK, and on a clear day, you can see for many miles. England, Scotland, Ireland and, of course, Wales can all be spotted, including 17 islands, nearly 30 lakes, and over 20 counties!

In complete contrast to the world-famous mountain, Bangor has the longest high street in Wales, lined with all the big names you’d expect. More exclusive stores can also be found here, as can independent boutiques where you can find a range of beautifully unique gifts for loved ones, and treats for yourself! From studio glassware and ceramics to homemade fudge and traditional Welsh shortbread, it’s all here.

You can’t come to Bangor and miss Penrhyn Castle. This Norman stronghold was built in the 15th century but greatly added to in the early 1800s. Its imposing granite edifice and grand interiors hide a dark history of exploitation and slavery in the Jamaican sugar plantations. The beautiful and expansive gardens offer nature trails, a fascinating bog garden and a stunning walled garden, complete with bubbling fountains and water features. You can even bring your canine companion - well-behaved pets are welcome on our trains, too!

To end your day, why not visit Storiel? This cultural hotspot has an eclectic programme of events, including live music, stand up comedy and classic theatre. Also home to an impressive museum, art gallery, and a popular bistro restaurant, unwind before catching the train home to London.