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***UP FOR ADOPTION*** The day we went to Bangor Multi-cache

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9 Seperate questions that lead to a Final physical Cache

Didn't we have a lovely time the day we went to Bangor?

This is a multi-cache that will take you around the city. You can take as much time as you want to do it. Either all at once in an afternoon, or over a few days or weeks! Below is all the text for each of the different locations, each with a question to answer. The answers should be written in the answer sheet, which will help you to decipher the code (also written on the sheet) and lead you to the cache. You can print the sheet out or copy it onto some paper. THE ANSWER WILL BE DISPLAYED IN DEGREES AND DECIMAL MINUTES.

(Check the images uploaded with this cache to find a copy of the question/answer sheet.)

Good Luck!


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#1 The railway station

Welcome to Bangor! (if you don't already live here!) This is the First in a series of 9 caches (resulting in a 10th final cache) I hope to show you some of the cool places around our city, and show you some things you may not have known. Here is the railway station. The station was opened on 1 May 1848 by the Chester and Holyhead Railway the original building is still on Platform 1, but since other lines were added in 1924 (they're a car park now) the current main entrance and ticket office were moved forward. Nowadays the trains running North go to Angelsey and all other trains running south go to the rest of the world!

Question: How many towers are there on the bridge?

#2 The Cathedral and timeline

Well, this is where it all began. The small low-built building you see is Bangor Cathedral. It is supposed to be the 'oldest cathedral Foundation in Britain' being founded around 525AD. The building you see now was Started around the 1100's Before the cathedral on this site stood St Deniol's Monastery, but the Monastery was sacked once in 634 AD and again in 1073 Nothing form that time is left. 'Bangor' literally means 'a settlement within a wattle fence' and one of these fences would have surrounded the cathedral and adjacent land. Take a moment to walk around the building, before moving on to answer the question, which you will find on the time-line that runs the course of our high street (the longest in Britain.)

Question: Look at the timeline. When was the axe foundry thought to be here?

#3 The museum and art gallery

This building is a fantastic treasure trove of information about the city. Feel free to wander in an browse the galleries. There is a lot of interesting things to see, and learn about the city as well as welsh culture in general.

Question: How much is admission?

#4 Bangor clock

If you're ever in town and meeting a friend, chances are it will be here! This clock was presented by a former mayor. Its a pretty cool building and is useful to have in the centre of town!

Question: When was the clock built?

#5 'The Old county Theatre' (Peep)


(Text from - by Alun Turner)

This was originally the Tabernacle Chapel, built in 1850 and closed in 1911. It was purchased by Mr. James Hare and converted by the addition of a stage some 30 feet in width and 40 feet in depth, a fly tower and a small foyer. In addition the existing chapel balcony was converted and seating for 846 people in all installed. It opened in 1912 as the New County Theatre showing films with two changes of programme per week at prices of from 6d to 1/–. With the coming of sound a Western Electric Sound system was installed with prices rising to 9d to 1/6d. Early in World War II the building was used by the B.B.C. to supplement its Llandudno operations. When hostilities ceased in 1944 the premises were put up for sale or rent. It was acquired by the Leslie Blond organisation and re-opened in February 1945 with prices ranging from 10d to 2/6d. Cinemascope was installed in 1956 with seating reduced to 800 patrons. Closure came in 1971, and after a spell as a bingo club it was refurbished and opened as the Octogon Night Club, in which guise it remains today. (Now called peep)

Question: How many Arches with writing above them are on the stony back?

#6 Knowledge is Power

The arch you are standing near (and I used to walk past every day) is all that is left of the Penrhyn Arms Hotel, the founding site of Bangor University. The Building was knocked down when the university moved to its current location up on the hill (seen form the end of the road you are currently on) and the A55 was widened (it used to run under the bridge nearby.)

Question: What date follows Cymru?
#7 Garth pier/ JaJa Jetty

To answer this question, you have to go onto the pier (entrance is 50p for adults.)

This is Bangor Pier (or Garth Pier) it opened on the 14th May 1896. It is the second Longest pier in Wales. Back in the day it was used, as most piers were, for shipping and regular boats ran from here to Liverpool, Blackpool and the Isle of man. A cargo steamer damaged the pier in 1914, and part of it had to be fixed by the royal engineers. The onset of the war meant that this temporary structure was left up until 1921. Originally there was a railway on the pier, used to transport baggage, but this was also removed during the war. In 1971 the pier was closed, as it was deemed unsafe. The Pier was to be demolished, but luckily the city council objected. Money was raised, and by 1988 the pier had been fixed and re-opened. Since 2011 The council have noted that the pier needs maintenance and renovation work and are looking to raise another £ 1 million. Take a walk to the end, (don't forget the admission!) and take in the fantastic views! If you want a snack, why not try one of the several food vendors on the pier ? If you prefer a refreshing drink why not pop into the Tap and Spile pub? (opposite the pier entrance) the pub has many photos from the local area.

Next to the pier is Garth Jetty. A ferry continued to operate from this jetty until the 1960's. Known coloqually as 'Ja Ja' the jetty allowed for the landing of goods and people which circumvented the high landing charges set by Penrhyn Port and the railway. ('Ja Ja' Jetty Text from Bangor civic society website)

Question: How old was Florence Magdalen when she swam the Menai Strait? (Hint: First Light)

#8 Main arts

You are standing in the quad of Main arts, the iconic University Building that stands on the hill, overlooking the city below. The university used to be at the Penrhyn arms Hotel site (#6 in this series of caches) but moved here when the site was 'completed' in 1911. The whole building was never realised, as money was tight, and the magnificent hall that you are standing in front was only completed with generous donations! Where the 1960s 'Tracy island' buildings complete the quad, two wings, similar to the law library that runs E-W from the tower would have stood. The centre of focus has to be the Majestic tower. You can see that there are 4 statues surrounding it, Owain Gwynedd (King of Gwynedd), Dewi Sant( saint David), Owain Glyndwr (The last native Welshamn to hold the title Prince of Wales) and Llewelyn ap Gruffydd (Last independant Prince of Wales.)

Question: What numbers are either side of 'Tempus Fugit?' (use modern numbers)


#9 The Old Post office


This Building is now a nightclub (I can see a trend here...) but it used to be the central Post office and council offices. The building was completed in 1909, ahead of the completion of the University buildings up the hill. The Post office closed its doors in 2008, Dispersing to other locations around the city.

Question: What is the first date associated with John Evan Roberts on this object? (hint: the fount of Knowledge)


Once you have all the answers written down in the correct answer sheet, it should be a doddle to crack the code.

Happy cache hunting!


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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Bapr lbh unir penpxrq gur pbqr: Ybbx haqre gur ebbgf bs snyyra gerr...

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)