Self-catering holidays in Bangor are a great choice if you fancy being based in a lively city, with easy access to some of Wales’ most spectacular countryside. This ancient cathedral city lies on the north coast, near the Menai Strait. Overlooked by Bangor Mountain, with two rivers meandering through its centre, a more atmospheric base for exploring the picturesque coastal and mountainous county of Gwynedd would be hard to find. Thanks to its modest size, you can expect to be able to wander into the city centre from your holiday cottage in Bangor. In the bustling streets near the waterfront, you’ll discover a thriving cultural scene, with a big student population, art galleries and exciting live venues, including Pontio, famous for its circus, dance, film and music, and Storiel, housed in the former Bishop’s Palace with a museum and gallery. For classical music, check out the Powis and Prichard-Jones halls.


Ysgubor Penrallt is a little treasure; a romantic, rural retreat for two near Bangor in North Wales with superb sea views across the Menai Straits to Anglesey. A perfect coastal location for couples exploring North Wales beaches and Snowdonia in all seasons.

As you explore the independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs in the centre of Bangor, you’ll notice striking historical landmarks, such as the charmingly tiny cathedral, a reminder of the city’s 6th century monastery. Don’t miss Penrhyn Castle, a magnificent National Trust mansion surrounded by exquisite grounds, or Greenwood Forest Park. Bangor has an exciting food scene, too, with a growing number of stylish, modern restaurants serving excellent food, with an emphasis on seasonal produce, straight from the fields of Gwynedd. Blue Sky Café and Ty Golchi are both good options. For a pint of local ale, try the Tap and Spile, a friendly pub which also serves good food.

Bangor holiday cottages are perfectly located for exploring the county of Gwynedd. With its misty mountain trails, crystal-clear lakes, ancient forests and sweeping, sandy beaches, it’s easy to see why this unspoiled corner of Wales has been named as the fourth best holiday location in the world.