A weekend in Bangor, Wales with Virgin Trains

Ever since my dreamy escape to Swansea last September, I’ve been itching to get back to Wales to discover more.

Coincidentally, Virgin Trains were recently looking to show people some of the amazing destinations that are available on their map. These are places that are perfect for people looking to take on an easily accessible weekend break, filled with adventure. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to get involved!

My friend Lydia and I took the 3-hour direct train from London Euston to Bangor (North Wales). The train station was just a 10-minute stroll into the city centre.

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Typically, when I travel I’m either flying or road tripping to my destination. Both have their advantages, but both also have the disadvantages of airport security faffs, delays, traffic jams, navigation mess ups etc. As much as there can be adventure in some of the latter, getting the train really was a breath of fresh air for me!

From the moment I stepped on the train, my holiday began.

From there, all I had to think about was which biscuits I wanted with my tea from the on-board cafe and which direction I fancied facing. I used the journeys to edit my content and catch up on work on my laptop. I even browsed Lonely Planet magazine on Virgins BEAM app (an app that allows you to watch movies/ entertainment on the journey for free).

 

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Having done a little bit of research before heading to Bangor, we already had accumulated a list of places we wanted to see and adventures we wanted to go on during the weekend.

Friday {Day 1 in Bangor}

Eager to explore, we filled our tummies with carrot and sweet potato soup at The Maintenance Building (where we were staying) before heading straight off to explore the University. We accidentally stumbled across the paved balcony at the back of the University, which gave us the most gorgeous panoramic view over Bangor.

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We then continued on through the side door of the Old Building, up the stairs and to the third floor – a place you guys had suggested to me over on Instagram (@molliebylett).

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Following our exploration of the gorgeous 1884 founded building, we walked 10 minutes down to Bangor Pier to catch the sunset. We had hoped to indulge in a cheeky afternoon tea at the Pavilion (wonderfully located) at the tip of the pier, however, unfortunately it had shut just before we arrived at 3.30pm.

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I would definitely recommend planning afternoon tea there if you visit Bangor – see the website and opening times here.

Instead we dined just away from the water in a stunning vegan restaurant called Voltaire. I can highly recommend the Ginger Crunch for pudding.

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Saturday {Day 2 in Bangor}

Our second day, sandwiched by the two nights we were staying, was our biggest day of adventure.

The day began with a 7am alarm before a 7.30am breakfast and a 7.45am taxi to Zipworld at Penrhyn Quarry to take on Europe’s longest and the world’s fastest zip-line.

I have done many a zip-line in my time, and hands down, I can say this was my favourite. You go so fast, the ground drops as you glide over the quarry lake and the length of the zip line means you have time to enjoy it. Like, really enjoy it and take in the stunning surroundings which, if you go on a nice day like we did, will blow your mind.

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Our mind continued to be blown as, by the afternoon, we found ourselves taking on the Cwm Idwal walk. This is a 4.8km hike through part of Snowdonia National Park. If you want to go big, and you have the time… you should definitely consider ascending Snowdon Peak itself. This is a trail which I will be back to attack real soon.

If you’d like to hike but don’t consider yourself very fit or even enthusiastic about a strenuous hike, you can still park at Ogwen Cottage and walk up to Lake Idwal, which is equally as stunning.

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As you can imagine, we were truly cream crackered after the day’s activities. So, we made an executive decision to abort the mission of exploring Penrhyn Castle, and instead headed home for a shower and chill time.

Despite a burning desire to stay in bed, we did end up venturing down to Bangor town around 9pm when our tummies rumbled. We ended up pretty happy about that decision though, as it meant we discovered the yumminess of Noodle1.

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Sunday {Day 3 in Bangor}

Our final day had us rise early once more to get some shots on the pier. If you are an early riser and you are blessed with clear skies, the pier is a perfect place to watch the sunrise. The pier was definitely one of my favourite spots in Bangor.

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After a successful shoot we headed back to our accommodation for the breakfast that was included in our stay, before packing up and wandering through the town one last time.

We wandered by the Cathedral, and we chocolate tasted in ‘Two guys from Brussels’. Lydia and I finished our time in Bangor with a gorgeous Lebanese spread in the Blue Sky Cafe.

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Blue Sky Cafe is definitely a slice of me, and probably my favourite restaurant-find in Bangor. It was highly recommended to me and sits high in TripAdvisor’s recommendations. It’s definitely no secret – but it’s still amazing. Blue Sky Cafe has an open plan, wooden interior and serves a health conscious menu filled with freshly cooked and locally sourced ingredients.

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I noticed they host a lot of live music and comedy nights there too, so definitely head down there, be it for a hot chocolate and marshmallows or an evening cocktail.

By 1.30pm we’d completed the 10-minute stroll back to Bangor station, and we boarded the train back to London.

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It’s safe to stay that we left Bangor with massive smiles on our faces, having witnessed some of the most beautiful scenes I’ve ever set my eyes upon.

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We are totally aware that Wales isn’t always as sunny as you see in our pictures. In fact, we know were super lucky with the weather.

Regardless, you can still enjoy the fresh air, mountains, and friendly locals of Bangor with a warm coat and a few extra hot chocolates.

Thank you Virgin Trains for taking the weight of my shoulders and allowing me to travel to and from Wales with total ease and in total relaxation.

I look forward to exploring more of the UK by train this coming year.

 

Have you explored Bangor, Wales?

Where did you go? I’d love to know! ?

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Love as always + happy adventuring,

Mollie x

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This blog post and trip was made in collaboration with Virgin Trains. All views, photos and opinions are completely my own.