I am applying to Bangor University for fall 2015. Is there a affordable place to stay for a few days till I find a house, in the Menai Bridge, Anglesey, area ?Anyone have any thoughts/comments on this area?
The university itself should be able to offer suggestions. They probably have a list of student accommodations.
Thanks, I was really looking for a "wonderful" B&B that I see throughout these shows. And any info on the area in general. I am not the "normal student", as I am older and going with a 12 yr old. Also looking for general info on the area of things that "must see" to nice to know. Thanks :)
I have only visited the Beaumaris area once, but really enjoyed the Penmon Priory and St. Seiriol's Well. There are 2 medieval crosses dating from the 10C which are now in the church to prevent further weathering. St Seiriol's Well was one of the stops on the pilgrimage route to St. David's Cathedral. Also, the original misericords from the Priory are now located in St Mary's church in Beaumaris, which is interesting in it's own right.
Of course, this presupposes an interest in old Celtic stuff, lol!
Fly into Manchester (if possible) as it is well placed for getting to Bangor. If landing in London, it would be wise to pre-book your train tickets in advance from London (Euston) to Bangor as turn up & go can be much dearer. www.virgintrains.co.uk
I suggest that you explore the area on Google Earth/ Street View.
You will not be short of places to go as the Snowdonia National Park lies immediately east of Bangor.http://www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/home
Anglesey has loads of fab beaches as does the Lleyn peninsula = SW of Caernarvon.http://www.caernarfon-castle.co.uk
I would advise taking a trip on the Welsh Highland Railway.http://www.festrail.co.uk/about.htm
http://www.portmeirion-village.com (near Porthmadog).
Just outside Bangor >http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle/
http://www.visitllandudno.org.uk which you could combine with Conway Castle > http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/daysout/conwycastle/?lang=en
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden/ (Best in May - train to Llandudno Junction, then bus).
We stayed on a sheep farm in Llanfair. It was built on the foundation of a Roman home. It was not too far from the College. It's on the train line. It was fun to visit the "Jacob" sheep; called that because of their coats of many colors. We found this through the Tourist Information Office.
We stayed at the Caer Menai B&B in July and loved it. Right between the marina and castle in Caernarfon. Not too much of a drive over the bridge to Anglesey. A very beautiful old place, nice view of the Strait from some rooms and fantastic host. Absolutely loved Anglesey and Holyhead.
Will you be putting your 12 y.o into the local schools? Gwynedd, the local authority which contains Bangor is Welsh speaking majority. Anglesey/Ynys Mon is also largely Welsh speaking and the schools will reflect this. If your 12 y.o is not good at picking up languages Conwy, Llandudno or Colwyn Bay may be worth looking at.