Cost: Entry to Tafwyl is free. Some activities will incur a small fee but most activities are free. If you want to visit the Castle itself, away from the Tafwyl site, you will have to pay an entrance fee or make an application for a Cardiff Castle Key Card (see below).
Cardiff Castle Key Card: If you live or work in Cardiff you can apply for a Castle Key Card for a one off payment of £6.50 – which then gives you free entry to the castle for 3 years. All you need is to show evidence at the Ticket Office that you live or work in Cardiff. You will receive your Castle Key Card with photo ID immediately. You don’t need to bring a photograph with you.
Alcohol: Tafwyl has licensed certain areas of Cardiff Castle, and we have four bars this year with lots of locally-sourced beer, ales, cocktails, ciders, wines and spirits that will leave you spoilt for choice! But please take note – you will not be able to bring your own alcohol on to the site. We are not licensed for this and anyone trying to sneak their own alcohol past our friendly stewards will be searched and may be asked to leave the site. All bars operate a Challenge 25 policy. Customers who are under 18 years old will be asked to leave the festival site if found in possession of alcohol.
Glass: No glass will be allowed to be taken onto any part of the site.
Water: Free water will be provided at the Info Point and at St Johns
Times: Tafwyl Fair will open at 11.00 and close at 21.00.
Accessibility: The site is completely accessible to everyone. Disabled toilets and Baby Changing Facilities are located on site. More information about Cardiff Castle’s accessibility outside of the festival site here.
Visiting with Dogs: Please note dogs are not allowed on site unless they are assistance dogs.
- NO bags larger than A4 size
- NO alcohol or flasks
- NO glass
- NO illegal substances, drugs, or drug paraphernalia
- NO illegal or unauthorized vending
- NO knives or weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, pocket knives and self-defense sprays
- NO items which may endanger public safety
- NO pyrotechnics including fireworks and flares
- NO aerosol products / aerosol cans
- NO tents or canopies
- NO furniture
- NO drones or UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicle)
- NO flyers, samples, giveaways or promotional items
- Additional items may be prohibited at the discretion of Event Management or security staff
Prohibited or unsafe items will be confiscated at the owner’s risk and without liability to the organiser.
Getting to Tafwyl
We encourage everyone to walk, cycle or use public transport to visit Tafwyl if possible.
The Taff Trail: Route No. 8
If you are travelling from South or North Cardiff you can join theTaff Trail, an ideal route that is mainly free of traffic.
From the North you will get access out of Bute Park [Coopers Field] and on to Castle Street [A4161].
From the South you can travel from Cardiff Bay. You can join the Taff Trail from the A4119 [Clarence Road Bridge] ride along a quiet road [Taff Embankment] and then a non-traffic route along Taffs Mead Embankment and Fitzhamon Embankment to reach Castle Street.
Cardiff Bay Route
If you are travelling from Penarth you can come across the Barrage or Pont y Werin Bridge and follow the Bay Route to join the Taff Trail at Clarence Road Bridge [A4119]. If you are coming from South Grangetown you can also join this path.
If you are travelling from Ely or Victoria Park you can join the Ely Route. Parts of this route are on roads and parts are traffic-free.
For more information, go to: www.sustrans.org.uk
Operating in more than 200 cities across four continents, nextbike is one of the world’s best loved bikeshare providers.
Having launched last year, the Cardiff scheme has already become a pillar of transport in the city with over 300K rentals in less than one year!
With a mission to get Cardiff cycling, nextbike provide a greener, cheaper and healthier commute and have promised to expand the scheme adding 500 new bikes and 50 new docking stations across the city by the end of summer.
The scheme can be used on a pay-as-you-go basis, but members who subscribe annually benefit from free 30 minute journeys and further discounted rates. They can also use their subscription at any of the nextbike schemes around the world!
During Tafwyl weekend nextbike are giving away free passes to customers cycling to the festival. Tafwyl visitors will be able to get up to 2-hours cumulative rentals for free, from the 21st of June until the 23rd, using the promo code: 958095
There is a bus stop directly outside the entrance to the festival. The buses stopping here are:
Castle Stop KA – Cardiff Bus 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
Castle Stop 1 – Stagecoach 122, 124
For a bus timetable and more information visit: www.traveline.cymru
If you do bring a car, please note there is no specific car park for Tafwyl. Please use the city centre car parks or on-street meter parking. For Sat Nav: Cardiff Castle postcode is CF10 3RB.
A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and it’s predicted that figure will rise by another 20% by 2021. Refill Cardiff is a recent initiative that aims to tackle plastic pollution by reducing the use of single-use plastic water bottles. It encourages local shops and businesses to refill people’s water bottle for free. There are already more than 80 Refill stations in Cardiff! You can find them easily on the Refill app and by looking out for the Refill logo on their front window.
Tafwyl and Refill Cardiff will be providing water fountains at the festival this year. Come have a chat with the team from Cardiff Water Research institute and learn more about plastic pollution; and remember to bring your own bottle to refill!