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Bangor, cathedral city, Gwynedd county, historic county of Caernarvonshire, northwestern Wales. It commands the northern entrance to the Menai Strait, the narrow strip of water separating the Isle of Anglesey from the mainland. Bangor Cathedral is dedicated to the Celtic St. Deiniol, who founded a church there in the 6th century; the community was a leading centre of Celtic Christianity.

Bangor, which grew up beside a Norman castle (few traces of which remain), is notable mainly as a cultural centre. It has the University College of North Wales (1884), a group of denominational theological colleges, and a museum of Welsh antiquities. Port Penrhyn nearby grew as an outlet for slates from the quarries near Bethesda. Penrhyn Castle, northeast of Bangor, is a modern copy, in Penmon marble, of a Norman castle

Bangor University Facts

  • Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. Around 10,000 students currently study at the university, with teaching staff based within fourteen Academic Schools.
  • Bangor University is ranked in the top 40 in the UK for research. The REF recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for UK universities.
  • The most recent National Student Survey (NSS 2019) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities for student satisfaction
  • Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).



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