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Castell Coch

8.1km
Castle Road, Tongwynlais, Cardiff. CF15 7JS • (029) 2081 0101
Castell Coch, Tongwynlais, Cardiff
Castell Coch, Tongwynlais, Cardiff

The beautiful fabled home of a very wealthy man. While resting on ancient foundations, Castell Coch (Red Castle) is relatively modern, the by-product of a vivid Victorian imagination, assisted by untold wealth.

The Middle Ages fascinated the Victorians as much as the Victorians fascinate us today. High Gothic was the order of the day. The ‘eccentric genius’ William Burges was given free rein by his paymaster, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, the third marquess of Bute, to create a rural retreat to complement the opulence of his main residence, Cardiff Castle. He didn’t hold back. Dazzling ceilings, over-the-top furnishings and furniture were liberally applied.

Detailed architectural drawings still survive today and following Burges’ death in 1881, colleagues faithfully continued work on the interiors for another ten years. The castle was not suitable for, nor was it intended to be, a permanent residence and the family’s visits were infrequent.

The building is surrounded by open woodland with popular walkways.

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Features:

No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.

Opening Times:

March to June, September and October: 9.30am-5pm daily; July and August: 9.30am-6pm daily (please check the website for any late changes).
Adult £6.90, Child £4.10, Senior £5.50, Family £20.

Booking:

Advance booking is not required.

Location:

Located to the north of Cardiff off the A470 to Pontypridd.
Access by car is via the entrance on Castle Road.

Getting There:

National Rail Taffs Well railway station: 40 minutes walk.
Bus Bus services 26 and 132 operate between the city centre and Blackwood/Maerdy via Tongwynlais. Alight at Bute Street which is a short up-hill walk away.

Parking:

Free onsite parking available.

Resting on ancient foundations, Castell Coch is relatively modern as it was built for the third marquess of Bute who wanted a rural retreat from his home in Cardiff Castle.

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Castell Coch, Castle Road, Tongwynlais, Cardiff. CF15 7JS • (029) 2081 0101
Attraction Operator: Cadw

Last Updated Tuesday 12 March 2019

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