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Information about the official conference accommodation
All delegates are encouraged to book accommodation at our Ffriddoedd Site, which has excellent views of the mountains of Snowdonia. Coaches will take all delegates from here to the conference centre and social events. Rooms available are single bedrooms only with ensuite shower and wc, and tea and coffee making facilities.
Ffriddoedd Site Accommodation Ffriddoedd Site Accommodation
Rooms are now available at 29 per night (including breakfast). Please use the conference registration form to reserve your accommodation at the Ffriddoedd site.
If you require a double room, then there are many small tourist hotels and guest houses available in the region. However, you will be required to make your own booking arrangements for this, and the Web3D 2005 organisers do not accept any responsibility for problems related to accommodation not at the Ffriddoedd site. These pointers are provided purely for your information:
  • The North Wales Tourist Board provide an online accommodation booking service.
  • A good small hotel in Bangor is Eryl Mor Hotel (20 minute walk from the official accommodation site).
  • The Bangor Travel Inn is on the same site as the conference centre. But it is on the outskirts of the city and you will be 2 miles away from where everyone else is staying and the social events.
  • Just over the bridge to the island of Anglesey, there is the Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge (Car essential)
  • Also on Anglesey is Ye Old Bull's Head Inn in Beaumaris (Car essential).
How to get to Bangor
By Air
The best airport for both overseas and domestic flights is Manchester. This is the third busiest airport in the UK, with a wide range of services. More information can be found at www.manairport.co.uk.
There are up to 15 rail connections to Bangor each day (reduced service at weekends) and journey times can vary from 2 hours 15 minutes to 3 hours. Most journeys require one change, usually at Crewe, but some require two changes. There is an online timetable and booking facility at www.qjump.co.uk.
If there is enough demand, a coach can be booked to take delegates from Manchester Airport to Bangor mid morning on Tuesday 29th April. And a return coach to Manchester Airport on Friday 1st April. Please indicate on the registration form if you would be interested in taking advantage of this service. The cost will be split amongst all delegates opting for this.
By Rail
Bangor has excellent rail connections to all parts of the UK, with direct trains from London taking as little as 3 hours 30 minutes. An online timetable and booking facility is available at www.qjump.co.uk.
By Road
Delegates driving to Bangor are advised to approach North Wales via the M6 and M56 before joining the A55 expressway to Bangor. The M6 provides links to all parts of the UK via the motorway network.
By Ferry
High speed and conventional services sail from the Dublin area to the port of Holyhead, 25 miles from Bangor. Convenient ferries from North Europe (Holland, Germany and Scandinavia) arrive at ports in the Humber Estuary from where the M62 motorway leads to the M6.
Click the map below for an interactive view of Bangor's location (requires Macromedia Flash)
Map - click to enlarge
Budget Travel from Europe
If traveling from Europe, then easyJet have regular services to Liverpool John Lennon Airport from Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Belfast, Berlin, Cologne/Bonn, Geneva, Madrid, Malaga, Nice, Palma, and Paris Charles de Gaulle
On arrival, take the Liverpool Express Bus Service No. 500 located directly outside the entrance to the airport terminal. Operated by Merseytravel, it departs every 30 minutes for Liverpool city centre, calling at Lime Street for all rail connections. The service operates between the hours of 0515 and 0015 and leaves the airport at quarter past and quarter to the hour.
From Liverpool Lime Street you can travel by train to Bangor. The most direct route is to take the MerseyRail line to Chester. Pick up a connection to Bangor at Chester.
Also worth knowing about are the budget flights from Spain to Manchester operated by Monarch.