Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 8.30am - 11.00pm, Sunday 12.00pm - 8.00pm
Phone lines open: Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 8.30pm, Sunday 12.00pm - 6.00pm
May Bank Holidays: Pontio will be closed Monday 1 & 29 May
Gorad Restaurant: Monday to Saturday 8.30am – last food orders 9pm, Sunday 12.00pm – 6pm
Cegin Cafe: Monday to Saturday: 8.30am - 6.00pm, Sunday 12.00pm - 6.00pm
Copa Kiosk: Monday to Friday 11.00am – 8.00pm (during University term time only)
Ffynnon Bar: Monday to Saturday: 8.30am - 11.00pm, Sunday 12.00pm - 8.00pm
Address: Pontio, Bangor University, Deiniol Road, Bangor, LL57 2TQ
Split over six levels, Pontio is Bangor University’s brand new arts and innovation centre. The Grimshaw-designed building in the centre of Bangor is home to a flexible mid-scale theatre named after the world-famous bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, a studio theatre which holds up to 120 people, a 200-seater digital cinema, a cutting-edge Innovation Centre and a wide range of facilities for students, including a new home for the Students’ Union and numerous learning and teaching spaces. It also offers food and drink at Bar Ffynnon, Gorad restaurant, food kiosk Copa and Cegin café.
Pontio offers an eclectic mix of entertainment seven days a week, from the latest film releases to music and drama, gigs, contemporary circus and aerial theatre, cabaret shows and more. We can't wait to welcome you to the most spectacular new building that Bangor has seen in decades. Here's what you will find at Pontio - home of arts and innovation:
Level 0 (see map)
Level 0 is the main reception lobby. Here you will find the Reception, Box Office and the Theatre Bar as well as doors into Theatr Bryn Terfel Stalls and the 200-seat Cinema.
Theatr Bryn Terfel's flexible auditorium means that it can transform from a 450-seat traditional proscenium-arch theatre experience, to theatre-in-the-round, to standing only gigs for 600+. This is the first space of its kind in north west Wales.
You'll also find the Cloakroom, mobility scooter charging area and a pram storage zone on this level.
As you look up you will be able to see all the way up through the building to the towering University Main Arts Building beyond. There is an incredible feeling of height in this airy, open space.
Level 1 (see map)
Take the lift or stairs up to Level 1. Here are the main doors into the Cinema and Theatr Bryn Terfel's Balcony 1.
Toilets and baby changing facilities are also located here on Level 1.
Level 2 (see map)
Move up to Level 2 and you arrive at another spacious open area. This is where you will find the restaurant Gorad - an ideal place to meet friends and family for a lunchtime snack or evening meal. You'll also be able to enjoy views over to the Cathedral.
Here on Level 2 is the access to Theatr Bryn Terfel's Balcony 2, the Studio Theatre, White Box and Lecture Room 2.
The Studio Theatre seats 120 for more intimate events as well and is an ideal venue for community-based activities and student societies.
Glass doors lead out to the external performance area.
Level 3 (see map)
This is where you will find Hwb - the Pontio Innovation area. Pontio Innovation is about equipping individuals and businesses with the tools they need to succeed in the modern economy. With a focus on transdisciplinary working and rapid prototyping, the Co-Lab, Media Lab, Hackspace and Fablab areas are equipped with cutting-edge technologies. It will boost the University’s cross-disciplinary teaching programmes and encourage collaborative work between students, staff and local businesses. Check out the Innovation Events page for details about what's going on here and read more about the Pontio Innovation philosophy.
There is also a coffee shop- Cegin on this level, a welcoming haven which boasts access to an outdoor terrace with views across the city.
Level 4 (see map)
Level 4 is the new home of Bangor Students' Union. With facilities for meetings and office accommodation - this puts students at the heart of Pontio.
Level 5 (see map)
At Pontio's topmost level there is a large lecture theatre which can seat up to 450 plus two spacious social learning areas. Between the two social learning areas there is a pod serving hot and cold drinks and snacks.
Make sure you visit the balcony which offers fantastic views across the City. On Level 5, there is also an exit onto Penrallt Hill, just a few steps away from the University's Main Arts Building.
We hope you will enjoy discovering Pontio.