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If you want a taste of Welsh culture, the Eisteddfod is the place to be!

The annual festival is the oldest and largest celebration of Welsh culture and heritage. It brings its celebrations to a new part of Wales every year, ranging from North to South.

Keep reading to discover all you need to know about the Eisteddfod…

What is the Eisteddfod?


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The Eisteddfod is an annual festival celebrating the Welsh culture through dance, music, poetry, and visual arts. As well as fun competitions, family activities, and over 250 trade stands.

It has been a staple event in the Welsh calendar from as early as 1176. Lord Rhys would invite poets and musicians from all over Wales to perform their pieces at his castle in Cardigan.

From then to now, the festival has become increasingly popular for its welcoming and inclusive atmosphere and attracts over 6,000 competitors every year!

Don’t speak Welsh? You don’t need to! This event is for all so you can join the many others who flock from all over the world for eight days of the arts, traditional Welsh food and drink, and a wealth of culture.

Where is the Eisteddfod 2023?

This year, organisers will hold the National Eisteddfod in the historic village of Boudan, Gwynedd. Which lies in between the popular destinations of Morfa Nefyn and Pwllheli.

Attendees and visitors can access the village via the M56 and the A55.


When is the Eisteddfod 2023?

The Eisteddfod 2023 will be held from Saturday 5th August – Saturday 12th August.

What Does Eisteddfod Mean?


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The word Eisteddfod consists of ‘eistedd’ which means to ‘sit’, and ‘fod’ meaning to ‘be’.

Professor Hwyel Teifi Edwards interpreted that to mean ‘sitting together’. Which many do at this much-loved festival each and every year as they enjoy a wide itinerary of culture.

What’s On?


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You’ll be spoilt for choice for things to get involved with at the Eisteddfod 2023.

Check out a variety of art exhibitions featuring leading artists at Y Lle Celf. Or head to the 1,700-seat pavilion to watch a variety of competitions, theatre, and live orchestral concerts.

If you’re travelling with the whole family, the Eisteddfod has got you covered with a fantastic choice of family activities.

The little ones can spend some time in Pentref Plant, get involved with den building, or watch experiments in the Science and Technology Pavilion.

Other activities include performances from Wales’s best artists and bands of all genres, plenty of food and drink, and the Pink Party. The Welsh Ballroom Community and Qwerin present the Pink Party, a queer take on folk dancing. It is not to be missed!

Eisteddfod 2023 Tickets


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Whether you want to make a day of it or want to enjoy a camp out whilst experiencing the Eisteddfod, you can find all ticket types and prices on the official Eisteddfod website.

Places to Stay

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Make sure you’re close to the action with a stay in a North Wales holiday cottage.

During your stay you’ll have easy access to North Wales’ stunning coastline. Where you can visit the much-loved towns and villages of Nefyn, Aberdaron, Abersoch, and Criccieth.

Or if you fancy a day of adventure, your Boduan accommodation is 21 1/2 miles from the stunning Snowdonia National Park. Home to the world-famous Yr Wyddfa.

Feeling inspired to attend the Eisteddfod 2023? If you’re looking for more things to do during your stay, check out our guide to the 14 must-visit towns in North Wales.

Looking to wine and dine your way around this beautiful region? Then check out our blog on the best restaurants in North Wales.

Or if you’re looking for something a little more unique, browse our guide on unusual things to do in North Wales.

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