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National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff

National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff. 3rd – 11th August 2018. *Significant service disruption.* Please check disruptions for info.

Image: National Eisteddfod Facebook

The National Eisteddfod is an annual festival celebrating Welsh culture, with a huge programme of activities taking place across the week.

This year, the festival will be taking place in the heart of Cardiff Bay. The Maes naturally divides into a number of sections, including the area around the Pavilion, the Food Village, Drama Village and the Literature Village. There are stands and stalls dotted around the Maes, with plenty of things to see and do throughout the week. Please click here to see a full map of the Maes festival site.

The festival welcomes up to 160,000 visitors and offers something for everyone to enjoy, from literary sessions and performances to competitions and ceremonies.

For more information, please visit the Eisteddfod Wales website.

Road closures

Please see below the road closures in place for the event, which will be necessary due to the anticipated crowds expected at the event.

The roads that will be closed 24hours between the dates above will be:

  • Harbour Drive & Britannia Quay throughout its length
  • Bute Place from its junction with Britannia Quay through to its junction with the James Street
  • Pierhead Street throughout from the junction of Falcon Drive
  • Lloyd George Avenue from its junction with Hemingway Road (both directions) therefore The Flourish will be closed in its entirety around Craft in the Bay.


Bath Bus Company

They will operate the open top tour buses from the bus stop at the Bay end of Bute Street. 

Cardiff Bus

The following diversions will apply to routes 6 (baycar and Summer Extras), 8, 13 and 91 from 06:00 on Saturday 28th July until 06:00 on Thursday 16th August.

Baycar: Will start and end at County Hall and not serve Wales Millennium Centre, Harbour Drive or Porth Teigr.

Service 8: Will start and end at Mermaid Quay not serving County Hall, Pierhead Street or Wales Millennium Centre.  For journeys to Cardiff Bay operate normal route to James Street then continue AHEAD and turn RIGHT into New George Street to the inbound bus stop.

13 to Sports Village: Operate normal route to Bute Street then LEFT Lloyd George Avenue; RIGHT Hemingway Road (County Hall); Queensgate; Butetown Tunnel to A4232 / Cogan Interchange then normal route to Sorts Village.

13 to City Centre and Drope: Operate normal route to A4232 then continue AHEAD Butetown Tunnel; Queensgate; Hemingway Road (County Hall); LEFT Lloyd George Avenue; RIGHT Bute Street and back to normal route.

91 to Penarth: Operate normal route to Lloyd George Avenue then LEFT Hemingway Road (County Hall); Queensgate; Butetown Tunnel to A4232 / Cogan Interchange then normal route to Penarth

91 to City Centre: Operate normal route to A4232 then continue AHEAD Butetown Tunnel; Queensgate; Hemingway Road (County Hall); RIGHT Lloyd George Avenue and back to normal route.

The above will mean no buses will be serving the bus stops on Pierhead Street, The Flourish (WMC), Harbor Drive or Porth Teigr.

Edwards Coaches

400: The bus only services Cardiff Bay on a Sunday and for the duration of the road closures will terminate at Greyfriars Road. 

First Group

X10: The bus will not service Cardiff Bay for the duration of the event and will use Leckwith Road into the city.

NAT Group

T9: Will operate as normal
89: Will divert via Dumballs Road
303/304: Will divert via Dumballs Road

Stagecoach Bus

Buses 25 & 132 will operate to and from Hemingway Road, Cardiff Council offices in Cardiff Bay.


Want to travel to this event?

Please see below some helpful links to get you started in planning your journey to the event. Using public transport services in the area can be a great way to make your way there and save the worry of bringing your car.

Public Transport

To make your journey by public transport, please use our Journey Planner to find the most convenient route, along with times and services that are running.

If you’d like to find a bus timetable, head over to our Timetables page. Here, you can search for a specific bus route or your location to view timetables of services in the area. You will also have the option to print the timetable to take with you on your trip.

Walk & Cycle

You can also use our journey planner to find walking and cycling routes to get to your event. If you live close by, walking can be a great way to explore the scenery and soak up the atmosphere before the event!

You can find out more information on our ‘Cycling and Walking’ page.

Car Share

If you’re thinking of taking your car to an event, you can share your journey with others by logging onto Share Cymru. Here, you will have the option to offer a lift or request one, and find a match for your journey.

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