Bangor (Gwynedd) Pier. Paid entry

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Brief description

"At intervals along the length of the pier deck, you will see pretty little Victorian kiosks, each of which contains a small enterprise to interest and delight you, and at the far end of the pier, the large dome of the Pavilion invites you to sample a snack, a full meal, or just a refreshing drink. So look below and discover more about what awaits you On the Pier.  "

"Garth Pier (WelshPier y Garth; also known as Bangor Pier) is a Grade II listed structure in BangorWales. At 1,500 feet (460 m) in length, it is the second-longest pier in Wales, and the ninth longest in the British Isles. Designed by J.J. Webster of Westminster, London, the 1,550 feet (470 m) pier has cast-iron columns, with the rest of the metal structure made in steel, including the handrails. The wooden deck has a series of octagonal kiosks with roofs, plus street lighting, which lead to a pontoon landing stage for pleasure steamers on the Menai Strait.[1][2]

Opened to the public on 14 May 1896, the ceremony was performed by George Douglas-Pennant, 2nd Baron Penrhyn. A 3 ft (914 mm) railway for handling baggage which had been included in the design, was removed in 1914.[2]

The pontoon handled the pleasure steamers of the Liverpool and North Wales Steamship Company to/from BlackpoolLiverpool and Douglas, Isle of Man.[1] In 1914, the cargo steamer SS Christiana broke free from the pontoon overnight,[1] and caused considerable damage to the neck of the pier. A resulting gap to the pontoon was temporarily bridged by the Royal Engineers, which remained in place until 1921 due to the onset of World War I. By this time, additional damage had occurred, and repairs took a few months over the originally envisaged few weeks.[2]"


Bangor Garth Pier,

Garth Rd,


LL557 2SW



01248 352421



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Opening Times

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Pier Pavillion Tea Room

Pier House

Garth Rd

Bangor LL57 2SW

And Garth Pier Public Toilet

Bangor Pier


LL57 2SW

2024: "Now Grade II* listed, there is a 50p toll for users. The pier gates remain open until 9 pm in summer, with pre-booked night fishing available.[1]

Due to its location and length, at low tide the site is a haven for local seabirds to access the rich mud of the Menai Strait, allowing close viewing of oystercatchersredshankscurlewslittle egrets and the occasional great cormorant.[4]

The kiosks, including the one at the end housing a traditional seaside tearoom, have been rented out to local small businesses. The kiosks presently house small but popular cafes, artist studios and a kiosk supplying crabbing and fishing gear. One kiosk was formerly used by the Bangor branch of the Soroptimists.[4] There are also seats along the promenade, with memorial benches to RAF Group Captain Leslie Bonnet and writer Joan Hutt.

It was announced in August 2017 that major restoration work would take place at a cost of £1million, as the Pier has not received any major maintenance works for many years and is now in need of a refurbishment. The last restoration and renovation programme was in the 1980s. The work will be funded by Bangor City Council and is likely to take up to three years to complete. Initially, the pier remained fully open to the public during the restoration works. However, following a structural report which found the pier head to be in a dangerous condition, it was closed to the public on a temporary basis in June 2018.[5] The bulk of the pier is now accessible. However, increased costs meant that completing work to the pier head is continuing. In March 2021 the pier head re-opened to the public.

Historically, dogs were never allowed on the pier, but following a trial period, it was decided that the ban would be abolished.[6] The pier was suggested to be a pedestrian and cyclist bridge option for a Third Menai Crossing, due it extending halfway across the strait, but was deemed unrealistic.[7]  "

Travel Information

For further travel information in Wales please see:

Or call Traveline Cymru on 0800 464 0000