Catching the train for the journey from Manchester to the Welsh town of Bangor allows you to arrive feeling fresh, relaxed and ready for an adventure.
The route takes you through some of the UK’s best countryside, and if you’re a keen cyclist, bring your bike with you and explore the Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve, famous for its natural beauty.
Friendly and welcoming, the oldest cathedral city in Wales has a rich and vibrant history. The Welsh word for a wattled enclosure, Bangor was originally surrounded by such a fence which offered protection to the cathedral as it was being constructed. Founded as a monastic settlement, the town is now a thriving cosmopolitan hub that is visited by walkers from around the globe wanting to scale the daunting heights of nearby Mount Snowdon. Rising to a dramatic 3,560 feet, this noble Welsh giant has several routes to the top, some more arduous than others, so it’s wise to do your homework and go prepared.
Bangor Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Deiniol, the first Bishop of Bangor, grew out of the original monastic order and was established in 1120. Looking out over the buzzing heart of Bangor, it has survived fires, sackings and more, and is one of the few sites to depict the Pensive Christ. Known as the Mostyn Christ, this is a pre-crucifixion figure, depicting Jesus head in hands, sitting on a rock. Carved from a solid piece of oak in the 15th century and representing intense suffering, this is a moving statue that draws visitors from around the world.
In the Cathedral grounds, a rare treat is the Bible Garden. Containing every plant mentioned in The Bible, each one lovingly nurtured and encouraged to grow as well as possible - not easy given the Welsh climate compared to the dry desert lands of The Bible. Well worth a visit, this garden possesses a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere.
Culture vultures should head for The Storiel, a perfect mix of museum, art gallery and theatre. Featuring a packed year-round programme of events, exhibitions and performances, from stand-up comedy to ballet and everything in between, there’s something to suit every taste. With a choice of high end restaurants, a meal and a show make a wonderful end to the day.
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