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Castell Coch

Castle Road | Tongwynlais, Cardiff CF15 7JQ, Wales
+44 29 2081 0101
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A Disney princess castle

Seeing the castle from the road below we were intrigued and decided to visit. It had been raining... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mackay, Australia
via mobile
amazingly old castell with lots of history

I have brought a few of my international friends here, and they are amazed with the castles age and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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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 3rd 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.
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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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Castle Road | Tongwynlais, Cardiff CF15 7JQ, Wales
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Seeing the castle from the road below we were intrigued and decided to visit. It had been raining and it was a busy day and the car park was full and people were parked in all sorts of places in the car park. We were...More

Thank Strat4ds
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have brought a few of my international friends here, and they are amazed with the castles age and beauty. friends from USA and South Africa spent a good few hours exploring the many hidden rooms. beware of the dungeon though! if your in the...More

Thank matandsabs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set in woodlands with adequate parking. Great location to set off for a countryside walk. The Castle is great to explore with some beautiful interior medieval type decorations although it was not built in that era. Children love to see the small dark dungeon. A...More

Thank harrybenjamin2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good place to visit for all ages. The castle is somewhat mad but very interesting. It's great for children. There is a play room, the dungeon and inexpensive items in the gift shop. The castle is also a good starting point for several walks. Bring...More

Thank globetrotter51_10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took my wife as she had never been, it was a good couple of hours out. I wouldn't say it is a whole day out, however will worth the visit.

Thank Alex R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing example of what Victorians can do with too much money and an obsession with the medieval past. The ruinous Castell Coch was bought by Lord Bute in the late 1800's and rebuilt in an imaginary medieval style. No expense spared. The decoration is totally...More

Thank MistressWeatherwax
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting small castle with lovely grounds to walk around. Easily found off main road with ample parking

Thank witneytraveller
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A bit on the smaller side in terms of castles but still a very enjoyable place to visit. Nice to be able to walk around with long queues.

Thank BMorgan8
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Beautiful castle, lovely staff and really good audio guides (which I wouldn’t normally bother with). However I really hope they one day restore some of the decoration in the rooms where the paint is peeling off such as in Lady Bute’s room.

Thank JBridgey
Reviewed 8 November 2017

The castle offers a lot of fun for everybody. It is very sweet, we enjoyed it very much. There is place where to eat, souvenir shop, toilets, the parking lot is close. Nothing missing!

Thank paokaki
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27 May 2017|
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Response from Tony H | Reviewed this property |
gravel, but there is I think tarmac areas for the disabled up by the castle itself which you may be able to use
25 May 2017|
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Response from Tony H | Reviewed this property |
Admission costs Adult - £6.50 Family - £19.30* Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £4.20 Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free *Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16 All children under 5 receive free... More
18 May 2017|
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Response from Roamingjay_Snowy | Reviewed this property |
I'd allow a couple of hours to take in a wander around with the audio guide and a drink in the café. But if you want to just tear through it an hour. There's some walks around the castle too so if you want to kill time you... More