We have just come back from a weekend at Eisteddfa, and were all delighted with this campsite. We are a family of 5, with children aged 8, 5 and 4. Firstly, the views for tents are outstanding. Mountains, sea, and fields. On the top field (Caenarfon)) the amazing views span 360 degrees. Even though it was full, being bank holiday weekend, there was plenty of space on the tent fields. The abundance of bracken gives the opportunity for privacy.
We had a bit of a walk (5 mins) to the shower block, but the view definitely made up for this. The shower block was basic but clean, and the dish washing facilities were excellent- very hot water.
The children's play areas were well positioned, and there were some woody areas to explore too.
The staff were very helpful and friendly, giving us some great tips for local beaches, and happy to charge our phones etc (for a very reasonable charity donation of 50p).
The local beach (criccieth) is mainly pebbly, and has some fabulous rock pools at low tide. The fish and chip shop sells lovely, very reasonably priced food.
Porthmadog has a fabulous green grocers and seems to be a very pretty town, we stopped through on our way to Borth y Gest (lovely little village and secret beaches about 20 mins from the campsite).
My only very small criticism is that much of the tent fields have a slight slant. But because you have so much space per pitch, you can ensure that your tent is pitched favourably, so it's not a problem.
In summary, I think this site is amazing. All too often campsites sound better on their website than the reality. This is the other way round. It was wonderful. And very very good value for money.
We visited this site in May this year for a long weekend, and despite a mixture of weather we enjoyed the weekend immensely.
We had a warm welcome and the site wardens were very friendly and helpful. One night when the winds hit 50 miles per hour, the wardens checked on us at 1am to see if we were ok. Honestly you can't get better than that!
I thought the rates were very reasonable for the pitch and facilities on site. We have two dogs which were made welcome and were happy to abide by the site rules of keeping the dogs leashed but they have an amazing designated area to allow the dogs to run free and exercise.
We have visited Criccieth and Porthmadog for many many years and although we are frequent visitors to the USA we never get tired of the area, we have visited many campsites there and the Eisteddfa Caravan and Camping site has to be one of the best!
We shall be returning to the site early September for a week and we can't wait!
We've just returned home after yet another fabulous stay at Eisteddfa. Honestly didn't want to come home. Five of us stayed, two adults, & three children, aged 15, 13 & 8.
For the last few years we've used our own tent, but this summer, as a birthday surprise for the children we booked a Tipi. It was amazing. Yes, a bit more expensive than ordinary camping, but we found it worth every penny & even stayed an extra night as the weather was so great.
The tipi was spacious, with three futon beds. Two double & one single, which suited us just fine. There is a huge cool box, camping stove, pots, pans, plates, cutlery, & a large pine storage box for clothes &/or bedding. The best bit compared with an ordinary tent, is the wood burning stove, complete with a supply of logs & an axe ! If you run out, just ask for more & a bag full appears outside the door ! No washing up bowl to carry your pots down for washing, so we blew £1 on a bucket in Wilkinsons for this, no problem. No idea if there is power available, we didn't ask. Might be good if you want to charge phones or cameras. Our cameras lasted just fine & it was lovely to have no mobiles going off all day, such a shame we forgot the car chargers :) The joy of this kind of camping is no pitching or striking a tent, & obviously the need to take hardly anything with you but clothing & sleeping bags.
There are two tipis on site. We had the 'top' one, which is the larger of the two. You can park your car right next to it. There is a picnic bench right outside the front, great for breakfast in the sun, & loads of space for a bbq. The tipis are built on a floor of slate chippings, including half the internal floor for safety with the stove. This can be harsh on the toes, but making sure we had crocs handy was no problem. The other half is hessian flooring. We did find we had a few drips of rain inside, but only around the stove chimney & door. Considering the torrential storms we had every night it wasn't surprising !
The canvas of the tipi is thick & strong & definitely stands firm in the strongest storm. This does make it seem dark inside though, so take a good lantern or torches with you. We found a couple of glow sticks hung up at night gave a soft light if anyone needed a trip to the loo. This is a huge, very green site, & we did meet some of the 'locals' at night walking to the loo. Frogs & rabbits. Brilliant :)
There are two shower blocks. Both always immaculate. Showers are 20p for four minutes, always lovely & warm, so take a bag of change with you. Despite the site being pretty full we didn't have to queue for showers at all. There are plenty of sinks for pot washing, a large freezer for your ice blocks, plus a washing machine & tumble dryer. There are two parks. The little one by the entrance is shiny & new, however the one across the fields could do with a facelift too. There is also a games room which our lot enjoyed.
This is the friendliest site, with a well deserved great reputation. Both the owners & wardens work extremely hard to ensure it is always clean & well kept, nothing is too much trouble. It's also super quiet with amazing views.
It's a perfect base for exploring this part of Wales, though as the weather by day was so hot & sunny we didn't go far. Mostly beaches. Black Rock Sands is a short drive away, vast sandy expanse you can drive your car onto. Criccieth is a stony beach, but still beautiful with crabbing off the rocks, then take a walk around the town, visit the castle, watch the lifeboat being launched, & don't miss Castle fish & chips. There's almost always a queue right out the door, but it's worth the wait !
Breakfast at the Blue China cafe over looking the bay is a must too. Sit upstairs in the window & see if you can spot dolphins in the harbour while you eat.
We love the 'secret beach' at Borth Y Gest. Head for Black Rock Sands, the turn left into Borth Y Gest. Parking is free, but limited. There are public loos, scruffy, but useable. Then make sure you have everything you need, picnic, drinks, towels etc, as it's a ten minute trek along the headland on a sandy path. The walk obviously puts most people off, as it's never crowded. As the tide goes out it leaves masses of shallow pools for paddling, & soft sand for castle building. If you're a strong swimmer, you can swim to the island, or paddle there later as the tide retreats ! Lots of rocks for crabbing, so bring a net. Tip, buy a net in Porthmadog for 75p or be willing to part with £2. 50 for the same thing from the only shop in Borth Y Gest ! They know they have a monopoly & their prices are high !
The Welsh coastal walk follows this headland if you're feeling adventurous-take drinks though. There are also sand dunes for jumping. Not really pushchair friendly, unless you have a three wheeler all terrain buggy & are willing to tackle the steps onto the beach itself.
There are plenty of supermarkets as you drive into Porthmadog. Lidl & Aldi as you drive in from Criccieth, & Tesco-first left at the roundabout. There are lots of local markets & thousands of other things to do. The ladies in the Tourist information office on Porthmadog harbour are incredibly helpful. They'll look up anything for you online & phone ahead for you. They're also full of bargain ideas. Did you know you can go into Portmerion for half price after 3. 30pm ? We didn't. A five minute drive across the Cob & we had a fabulous afternoon, as they don't close until 7pm. Don't forget your camera !
If you want cheap family fun, go crabbing on Porthmadog harbour. Buy a black bucket for £1 from Wilkinsons, cheap nets or lines from the gift shop opposite Edinburgh woolen mill shop, & the cheapest supermarket bacon for bait. Tip. I cut the fat from bacon at home all year & keep it in the freezer especially for bait ! Then launch your lines into the harbour & wait. Our record was 182 crabs & two eels in less than two hours ! Then just throw them gently back to catch another day :)
We also visited Madog Quads. Ok, it's a portacabin with no loos down a dirt track in a field, BUT, it's fabulous fun ! The staff are great, you get a simple but effective safety briefing, then you take off round the fields. The instructor paces it slowly at first, then faster as you gain confidence. The kids voted this the most fun on wheels, ever !
So, another amazing holiday. Thankyou so much to all at Eisteddfa. Camping will never be the same again now we've been thoroughly spoilt with your tipi ! See you again next summer.
We arrived here just an hour after booking, having driven over to Wales as we hadn't decided where we wanted to stay before we left.
We were not disappointed.
We were warmly greeted on site and given information about where everything was and where we could camp. We were given a designated flat space but we chose Cricceith Field and found a slightly sloping spot which was absolutely fine and had a lovely view over cardigan bay and Cricceith castle.
There are 2 shower and toilet blocks on site - we only used one of them but found them to be extremely clean and modern with plenty of toilets and showers. We never had to wait for a shower. Showers are 20p for 4 mins. There is a hair dryer in the ladies which is 20p.
There is also a washing up area with a washing machine and tumble drier and a large freezer for ice packs which was excellent. There were a few books left for people to read which also worked great for me as I had forgotten mine!
Cricceith is a 25 min walk away and Porthmadog is around an hour (3miles) Its an easy walk and fine during the lovely weather. There is a bus stop outside the camp site but we found the bus very expensive £5. 60 for 2 single tickets!
The owners of the site were very friendly - even helping us with a jump start when we got a flat battery so many thanks! :)
We would definitely return here and would highly recommend it.
We have just returned from a lovely week at Eisteddfa campsite in North Wales. We were very lucky with the weather, so have not experienced the site in anything other than brilliant sunshine.
The site is in a beautiful area with lovely views of the hills and bay, is in a good position to explore North Wales and is only a few minutes drive from the coast. The owners/ wardens are very friendly and every time we saw any of them (which is often as the wardens go around the site frequently checking things are ok), they asked if we were alright which was a nice touch.
As mentioned in previous reviews, this site was excellent value for money and I didn't feel that they were trying to charge me extra for every little thing - quite the opposite in fact. We were given a double pitch for our large tent at no extra cost which I felt was very generous.
There are 2 play areas. The one next to reception is small but good and there is also an indoor games room here with a football table and pool table. The other play area was in need of some care and was too far to feel safe to let children play alone there. There is also a large area where dogs can be walked and ball games can be played which was nice.
The toilet blocks were clean and not busy while we were there. The only issue we had was there not being anything to dry your hands with but if you take your own towel with you each time this is not a problem. The separate unisex showers in the smaller block were very good - each had a private toilet, sink and shower with a large area to get changed and a stool for sitting or laying clothing on provided.
There is an indoor dishwashing area with a washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer for ice packs.
This site had an overall friendly, quiet and safe feel about it. We will definitely return.
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