South Wales Sights



Castell Coch

Castell Coch Review

Perched on a hillside is this fairy-tale castle. The turreted Red Castle was built on the site of a medieval stronghold in the 1870s, about the time that the "Fairytale King" Ludwig II of Bavaria was creating his castles in the mountains of Germany. This Victorian fantasy wouldn't look out of place among them. The castle was another collaboration of the third marquess of Bute and William Burges, who transformed Cardiff Castle. Burges created everything, including the whimsical furnishings and murals, in a remarkable exercise in Victorian-Gothic whimsy.

    Contact Information

  • Address: A470, 4 miles north of Cardiff Tongwynlais, CF15 7JS | Map It
  • Phone: 029/2081–0101
  • Cost: £3.80
  • Hours: Mar.–June, Sept., and Oct., daily 9:30–5; July and Aug., daily 9:30–6; Nov.–Feb., Mon.–Sat. 10–4, Sun. 11–4; last admission 30 min before closing.
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  • Location: Cardiff
Updated: 06-10-2013

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