Stunning Bangor Walks You Need To Try Out

As one of the oldest cities in Wales, Bangor has an array of great scenery to explore from amazing coastlines to fantastic mountain views. 

If you’re in need of somewhere to take a break from the hustle and bustle, there’s a whole host of walking spots to be found.

Not only is it a great pastime activity, but walking is good for both your physical and mental health as a student. 

For those in need of some inspiration for their next outing, check out the most stunning Bangor walks! 

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1. Garth Pier 

There’s an abundance of walks to be found in this vibrant city, but one which stands out for locals and students alike is Garth Pier.

Winning “Pier of the Year Award” in 2022, it’s one of the finest surviving Victorian piers in Wales, as well as the second-longest measuring 1,500 in length. 

With amazing coastal views across the Menai Strait and beyond, you can sit and clear your mind after a day of studying, or snap up some photo opportunities. 

Despite costing 50p for entry to the pier, it’s worth it for the breathtaking views. 

There’s also a cafe at the end so you can treat yourself to a much-needed coffee and a cake.

Or, you can even purchase some gifts from the independent shop! 


Address: Bangor Garth Pier, Garth Rd, Bangor LL57 2SW

2. Bangor Mountain 

A wonderful way to blow away the cobwebs whilst studying in this city is to venture out to Bangor Mountain. 

When we say mountain we do need you to lower your expectations as it’s more of a hilltop, but there’s some lush panoramic views to be discovered nonetheless. 

It’s perfect for a stroll after a busy day at university, with beautiful views across the city and the coastline from Puffin Island to the Great Orme to the mountains of Snowdonia. 

The best part is, it’s only a 10 minute walk from Bangor High Street.

So, make sure to take a visit if you’re after somewhere to unwind… 



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Address: Bangor Mountain, Bangor LL57 1AG

3. Penrhyn Castle & Garden

If you fancy stretching your legs visit one of Bangor’s most impressive landmarks, Penrhyn Castle & Garden.

This charming National Trust Site is a large Neo Norman Castle dating back to the 19th century, as the former home of the Pennant family.

Whilst you do have to pay for admission, you get to roam around the 60 acres of garden and woodland surrounding the grounds.

There’s also fantastic views of Snowdonia, as well as the Great Orme and Puffin Island. 

After you’re done delving into the history and soaking up the sights, there’s two cafes onsite so you can grab a bite to eat or drink to re-fuel! 

The castle is within a 30-minute walking distance from the city centre, or you can hop on a bus and be there in 15 minutes. 


Address: Bangor LL57 4HT

4. Treborth Botanic Garden

If you’re in search of a unique walking experience in Bangor, the Treborth Botanic Garden is a peaceful oasis situated close-by to the city centre and is just what you need. 

This botanical garden has been owned by Bangor University since 1960, covering 18 hectares on the shores of the Menai Strait. 

Featuring a stunning ancient woodland, garden borders and a glasshouse with special collections of orchids, cacti, succulents and carnivorous plants, it’s certainly a sight to see.

Admission into the gardens is free of charge, but entry to the glasses houses is permitted at select times.

If you enjoyed your visit, don’t forget to donate to help ensure many more people can marvel at the sights! 


Address: Treborth Coastal/Forest Path, Bangor LL57 2RX

5. Spinnies Aberogwen Nature Reserve

Want to enjoy walking outside of the city walls? We urge you to check out Spinnies Aberogwen Nature Reserve. 

Despite covering just three hectares, this reserve situated on the edge of the Menai Strait is well worth seeking out. 

This hidden gem is run by the North Wales Wildlife Trust and is frequented by over 185 species of birds along with many other animals, plants and insects.

The short stretch is open all year round so, no matter if it’s rain or shine, it’s worth visiting. 

So, take a break from studying for a short while and explore all it has to offer. 


Address: Bangor LL57 3YH

6. Roman Camp 

Roman Camp as it is known by locals, is a quiet green space above Bangor located just off from Upper Garth Road. 

This fantastic hilltop is the ideal spot for a satisfying stroll, offering great views across the Menai Straits, Bangor, Anglesey, Penrhyn and the mountains of Snowdonia.

There’s plenty of open space to enjoy a quick lunchtime breather, or to stargaze on a clear night. 

It’s certainly somewhere worth exploring to experience the flow of Bangor life from a new perspective.

Considering it’s on the doorstep of the city centre, why not see what this walk is all about? Don’t miss out! 



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Address: Bangor LL57 2SS

Rewarding walks are hardly in short supply so, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from whilst studying in Bangor. 

Go on then, get your walking shoes on and explore the wonders of the city!

The question is, which will you walk first? We’d love to find out @universalstudentliving.

Read next: Top 10 Cafes In Bangor To Visit For Your Daily Caffeine Fix.

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