With less than two weeks to go before the Eisteddfod begins in Cardiff Bay, organisers have published travel details for visitors coming to the Maes during the week.
Cardiff has a wide range of accessible public transport across the city as well as the Taff Trail walking and cycling path linking the Bay with the city centre. Cardiff Pedal Power has a centre close to the caravan site in Pontcanna, where visitors can hire bikes. Details at www.cardiffpedalpower.org, or go to www.nextbike.co.uk for details of the Cardiff bike share scheme.
Organisers are encouraging visitors to use the buses and train or to cycle and walk to the Maes if possible. The Cardiff Bay train station is almost on the Maes, and trains run regularly from Queen Street in the city centre. Details on how to get to the Eisteddfod by train here, www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/eisteddfod, and find out more about Cardiff Bus here, www.cardiffbus.com/national-eisteddfod.
There are a number of public car parks in the Cardiff Bay area, and these will be open throughout Eisteddfod week, and there are disabled parking spaces available in each of these parks. The Eisteddfod cannot guarantee that there will be room for festival visitors as they will all be open to the general public. However, parking spaces can be booked beforehand at QPark, the multi-storey car park opposite the Millennium Centre (www.q-park.co.uk).
Visitors can park in Cardiff Council’s County Hall car park at the weekends only, with the car park open from 18:00 in 3 August for those attending the opening concert, Disabled parking available here.
The Eisteddfod will operate a park and ride system from Leckwith during the working week, with parking opening at 06:30 and buses running regularly from 07:00 until 00:00. The car park will close at 00:30.
The bus journey will take from 10-15 minutes, dependent on traffic, with visitors dropped off in Hemingway Road, close to County Hall, which is 2-3 minutes from the Maes. Disabled parking available, and all buses are low level vehicles.
Follow the signs to reach the car park, and parking will cost £10 per car at County Hall and in Leckwith on the day, and £8 if booked beforehand. Online booking for Leckwith available at www.parkjockey.com. The shuttle buses to Leckwith and back are free of charge.
The caravan site is located in Pontcanna Fields in the city centre, and a regular shuttle bus service will run to the Bay and back. The service will start at 15:00 on Friday 3 August for the opening concert with the last bus leaving the Bay at 01:00.
The first bus leaves the caravan site at 07:00 with the last bus returning at 01:00 from Saturday until Tuesday. The service will be extended until 03:00 from Wednesday evening until Saturday night, to accommodate Maes B.
The caravan site bus stop is located on Western Avenue, with buses dropping visitors in Hemingway Road. Again, these are low level buses, suitable for disabled visitors. Caravanners can purchase weekly tickets online.
The camp site for Maes B is situated at Fitzalan High School, with shuttle buses running to the Bay regularly during the week. Maes B is held in the old Doctor Who Experience building in the Bay, which is close to everything else on the Maes. The shuttle bus timetable is very similar to the caravan site, but the evening pick-up point for the camp site is outside the entrance to Maes B.
The Eisteddfod is working with Byw Bywyd again this year to offer a scooter and wheelchair service for disabled visitors. The Byw Bywyd stand is located in the Red Dragon Centre, situated opposite the Wales Millennium Centre.
Anyone intending to rent a scooter or wheelchair during the week should contact the company beforehand to guarantee availability. Ring 01286 830 101 or email email@example.com.
More information on all the above available on the Eisteddfod website, www.eisteddfod.wales or ring the information line on 0845 4090 900.