International Conference on Mindfulness 2024

Bangor, Wales
Bangor, Wales
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welcome to Bangor, wales

The cathedral and university city of Bangor is located on the north-west coast of Wales where the Menai Straits enter Conwy Bay, in the county of Gwynedd, approximately 235 miles north-west of London and 51 miles west of Chester.

The city has a population of around 20,000. Administratively it is within the local government district of Gwynedd (one of 22 principal areas of Wales) which covers an area of approximately 2,548 sq kms.

The conference will take place at the Pontio Arts Centre on the Bangor University campus. Pontio is a Welsh word that means “to bridge,” and the Centre acts like a bridge connecting the University with the local community in north-west Wales. Our hope is that by choosing this venue, the conference can be another way of building bridges, connecting with the mindfulness community and the larger world. Join us at this special place where we bring people together to share and learn.


There are good road links to Bangor along the north Wales coast from the M56 and M6 motorways. The journey from Liverpool takes around an hour and a half by car; from Manchester, it’s less than two hours and from London it’s under three and a half hours by direct train.

For visitors travelling from outside the UK, Manchester International Airport is the most convenient UK entry point for Bangor.

around the university...

Join the conference team on journey through the Pontio Arts Centre. From the ground floor to the top, including outdoor spaces and facilities, we invite you to explore the main venue for the upcoming International Conference on Mindfulness. Further videos and information about venue accessibility can be found on the Accessibility and Sustainability page.

book in BangoR...

As you plan your stay for ICM:2024 in Bangor, we encourage you to book accommodation locally to support the community hosting this event. Staying in Bangor not only contributes to the local economy but also offers you a more immersive experience. Accommodation options on site at Bangor University campus are limited but we have provided booking codes where possible. Please use the code (in the promotion cade box) when searching for accommodation at the university, otherwise no availability will show. There are a variety of options available, from B&Bs to hotels, and we have offered suggestions, below.  Feel free to explore other listings on platforms like TripAdvisor for alternative choices. 

If staying in Bangor isn’t feasible, you may need to consider local transport options like trains, buses and taxis. We understand that some attendees might choose accommodation outside the city. Rest assured, we’re working on providing detailed information about local transportation, and we’ll update this page as soon as we have all the details in place.

 * Please note: All links are to external websites. ICM:2024 does not assume responsibility for their content or the services they provide. 

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