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Bangor tourist guide

The bustling University City of Bangor, although the fourth largest in Wales, joins St David's in Pembrokeshire as one of the smallest cities in the UK, although it claims to have the longest High Street in Wales, perfect for all the wonderful shops in the Deiniol and Menai shopping centres as well as a fine selection of restaurants. For those who come alive in the evenings, there are nightclubs as well as some great love band and folk-music venues.

The city dates back to the early 6th Century with the founding of the cathedral there. Almost half of its population (University students excepted) speak Welsh. The city is a busy shopping centre and connects to the island of Anglesey by the famous suspension bridge.

Nearby are some wonderful views over the Menai Strait. Because of its proximity, the Bangor Mountain, to the south of the city, is quite an imposing sight, and at times during the day casts a shadow over part of Bangor. You can even enjoy a round of golf in most spectacular surroundings at Bangor's St. Deiniol 18-hole Golf Club, which dates back to 1906 and always welcomes visitors. The famous Bangor Pier, first opened in 1896 and later restored in 1987, is one of the few Victorian Piers in the UK to remain virtually unaltered in design.

Bangor is a great base for those exploring the Snowdownia National Park and has become a traditional night stopover for those taking the Holyhead to Dublin ferry. The city sits on the Crewe to Holyhead main rail line.

Conwy tourist guide

Conwy sits in hall of fame for being one of the most complete walled towns in Europe, with its unspoilt and complete medieval walls thought to be the finest of their type in the UK. Aberconwy House, dating from the 14th-century, is said to be the oldest town house in Wales, making this World Heritage Site town worthy of its position. Added to this, Plas Mawr is worthy of a visit when in the town as it is the best surviving town house of the Elizabethan period anywhere in the UK.

However, while there are plenty of fine old buildings to see and photograph, taking it to the opposite end of the architectural spectrum, a visit to the old quayside in Conwy reveals the smallest house in Britain.

So there's a lot to see and do in the town, from walking around the historic streets, something the visitor to Conwy never tires of, to shopping, heritage trails, museums and plenty for the younger members of the family to enjoy. There are a myriad of locally-owned shops selling everything from the proverbial needle to an anchor! And there's a fine selection of caf├ęs and restaurants serving cuisine from all four 'corners' of the world.

The hills above Conway and Bangor provide an interesting vista of smaller towns to visit and explore, each offering a warm Welsh welcome, unusual shopping and fine, fresh, home-style cooked food.

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