Castell Coch
Castell Coch
4.5
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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. 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. Visitors can admire dazzling ceilings, over-the-top furnishings and furniture at Castell Coch, before a visit to the quaint on-site tearoom. The displayed opening times are our general pattern. Please check the Cadw website for unexpected closures, opening times, events, and site facilities.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Sally H
    Northwood, United Kingdom91 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    interesting visit
    We spent a pleasant morning here. It's was interesting to see around. We had some minor disruption to our visit as there was a wedding going on but the staff dealt with it perfectly so the disruption was minimal. I enjoyed the views from the top and enjoyed looking at the beautiful artwork etc.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 27, 2023
  • LouF
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful castle with lovely tea rooms
    Stopped here as a mid-way point on a long drive to North Wales, and what a lovely stop it was! The castle itself is beautiful, well laid out and with easy to use recorded details about each room you visit. Staff were polite, friendly and helpful. Had a lovely pot of tea and Welsh cakes in the cafe. Very tasty, beautifully served by lovely staff and very sensibly priced considering they have a ‘captive’ client base.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Kevin H
    Tonypandy, United Kingdom1,165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent use of a couple of hours!
    We had passed by the castle when travelling towards pontypridd from the M4 and on this occasion decided to take a small detour to visit. We were very pleased we did. The castle is relatively small but fully intact with lots of rooms to visit. The interior decorations are fascinating and the audio tour guide very informative. You will need to be quite fit to climb all the stairs but we'll worth the effort.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Sharon C
    Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very enjoyable
    Excellent parking for able bodied and disabled. Staff friendly and helpful. We had a falafel, onion and hummus panini to share with 2 coffees for £11 in the cafe served by friendly staff. Will definitely go back to explore more of the grounds.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 3, 2023
  • RebeccaB
    Northampton, United Kingdom157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small castle but a lot of rooms to visit and a lovely cafe.
    Visited on a very wet and windy day. For a small castle, there was a surprising amount to see and lot of rooms to visit. Good for a wet day. We had the audio guide which was interesting. Spent about 2 hours in the castle and also visited the cafe which was lovely. There is also a gift shop. Would have loved to walk around the grounds but the weather was too wet.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 19, 2023
  • Irish mike
    Brighton, United Kingdom75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fairytale Castle
    We have driven past the castle that’s on the distance from the motorway, always looked fairytale like set in the heart of the mountains. the step drive up to the castle is amazing passing thought a small village then you get to the castle. The castle itself from the outside is amazing its grand tower and grandness of the building once a magnificent castle with a moat. We didn’t go inside as the admission charge I thought was quite expensive so we just had a walk around the outside of the castle taking amazing pictures. As the castle is high up you can see for miles breath taking views of the valleys and landscapes below, we had an amazing winter sunset with orange sky which was the perfect backdrop for the castle.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written January 23, 2024
  • Sable23
    Salem, Massachusetts23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you are car free and taking the bws.
    1) Wear proper hiking boots and take bus to the end, use the bus app. 2) use the two office parks to the right instead of sidewalks, safer. 3) after the bridge cross the BUSY traffic circle counter-clockwise. The trailhead is on the back of the circle. 4) the first part is like an old road but when the fence on the right ends, look for steps on the left. THIS IS NOT MARKED. 5) from here the trail is steep and after a rain quite slick but with proper footwear you should be fine. I hope someone starts maintaining this trail and blazes the path. Pob lwc!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written February 5, 2024
  • alicemiracelchick
    Benfleet, United Kingdom182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical!
    We really enjoyed our visit to the Wonderland that is Castell Coch. A bit like wandering into a real life Disney Princess Castle. Although Castell Coch is not the original building the amount of wealth and research lavished on this "re-build" is stunning and the attention to detail brings to life a more opulent time. We really enjoyed wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere. The painted walls are so detailed that is worth spending time looking at them. We visited the wonderful tea shop too. Friendly staff, basic facilities, ell worth a visit. We were just disappointed to learn that we could not visit again at Christmas due to restricted opening.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written April 11, 2024
  • AMD907
    Anchorage, Alaska341 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile visit
    This a a beautiful little castle not far from Cardiff. With the audioguide, it is definitely worth the price. The audioguide is well done. The castle is very beauitful. If arriving by train then walking, google will direct you the long way round, but there is a trail through the woods that cuts the walk down by 10+ minutes.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written April 20, 2024
  • Ernie H
    Cardiff, United Kingdom2,197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Who doesn't love Castell Coch
    A pad in the country for the Marquis finished in a certain style, and with humour abound. Thankfully Burgess had an eye on the original ruins and incorporated that into his architecture of a very distinctive building. Attended a wedding here many moons ago and was impressed then (thankfully this building has lasted longer than that marriage)! There is scaffolding about at present on the outer but that doesn't detract from your visit. And, it means that Cadw are looking after the old place.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 24, 2024
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ritikamital
Leeds, UK316 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
Castell Coch requires an entry fee (for a specific time slot) which needs to be pre-booked through their website, before you can enter the premises . There's a small picnic spot right outside the castle for those Instagram worthy photo ops.

Dubbed as the fairytale castle, Castell Coch or Red Castle was built in the 19th century as a love sanctuary for the 3rd Marquess of Bute and his Lady. Architect William Burges built this 'summer house' ( yeah, wish I had a house like this) on the mediaeval remains of the original structure.
Written June 17, 2021
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Lizzie Evans
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
I visited castle coch today (saint David’s day) with my husband children and two other friends with they children. I had no idea it was tickets only and was almost turned away at the gate until I realised I was a cadw member. Unfortunately my friends and her family was turned away! They Wasn’t even aloud to park up in the car park to have a walk through the forest. Anyway as I got into the castle we was greeted by a woman with blonde curly hair. She wasn’t very friendly, didn’t give us no information and told us to go to the shop to get guides. The castle was extremely quiet so I asked if it was any bother if my friend and her family came back to the castle even if they had to pay. I was told no! strictly tickets only. I thought she was extremely rude! There was one man in the drawing room who was extremely helpful and told so many stories about its history, my children loved it. I did have a lovely morning here at such a beautiful place. It’s a real shame it was tickets only and by the seems no one really turned up who got the free entry. And having to turn people away who’s driven over a hour away to get here.
My daughter wants to return with her friends very soon!
Written March 1, 2020
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Stoke P
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Visited today for the umpteenth time, but this time with my kids. I love this place, even if it is a bit fake. It is a Victorian castle build to look like a medieval castle, so it is a lot better preserved than the genuine articles - but that is because it is not technically genuine. However it is a lovely building in a nice location, in beautiful condition inside and out. Today was better than ever as they had children's activities in two rooms and a punch and judy show. I thought my kinds would tolerate 30 mins at most, but we were there two and a half hours. There were staff in costume available to answer questions about the castle, and about history in general. I really enjoyed talking to them with my 8 year old daughter, who had plenty of questions. Entry fee was less than £30 for a family with up to 3 children.

I cannot fault it in any way, but I would point out that it is a Victorian building with no disabled access. The stairs are medieval style spiral staircases, which were never intended to be accessible. If you have limited mobility, you need to be aware of this as you could end up very disappointed by your visit.
Written June 4, 2022
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BigFatBudgie
Port Talbot998 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
I enquired before arrival if I needed to book. I was informed it was necessary, so I was not pleased when I turned up to be told I had to book a slot. After explaining I was informed otherwise, I was then told I had to wait 15 mins as a party had turned up & due to covid, limited numbers of visitors at any one time were in place. I hung around the small shop for ten minutes. You can imagine my surprise when a visitor just turned up at the pay kiosk & was allowed entry inside with no wait!
Anyway, after this annoyance I went around the castle.
Castell Coch is a Victorian aristocrat’s idea of a medieval castle, with a hotchpotch of interior styles. I have to say I just found it ‘OK’. One room looked neglected but the drawing room was my favourite. Cardiff Castle is ten times better, more centrally located & easier to access.
Castell Coch is a place to spend a good hour or so if you are in the area on a wet day, a fan of Victorian Gothic or the architect William Burges.
The cafe was closed, the shop was mediocre & staff distant. Rather disappointing on the whole. I found it hard to rate - it was better than average because it is unique, but it was a stretch to say ‘very’ good.
Written November 18, 2021
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Dave Smith
London, UK227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
You can see this little gem of a building from the A470, as you approach, shame there’s not really any place to stop as it would make a great picture. On arrival ‘Tim’ checked our booking and provided details of the one way system in place. The first part of the castle was left largely un-decorated, and has been filled with information about the castle, it’s owner, architect etc. The second bit is lavishly decorated and is a sight to behold. There is an animation in the kitchen, projected onto the plates, showing what meals were prepared, then consumed, with a very satisfying ‘burp’ at the end. On our way out we chatted with Tim, his enthusiasm for the site was infectious, and led me to drill down into more detail about the castle. He also provided recommendations for other places to visit, as our trip to Caerphilly Castle was cancelled due to COVID restrictions. We did visit the place’s he mentioned and were not disappointed. Highly recommend a visit here.
Written September 19, 2020
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Dave H
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Dropped in to the castle today while on a hike through the woods that surround the castle, reasonably priced (including the tearoom) and the staff could not have been more friendly. Everyone that we spoke to was incredibly helpful and polite.
Spent an hour wandering around the castle and to be honest we could have spent a lot longer, Cadw have done an exceptional job of helping you to interpret the history of the place.
The woods and hills around are exceptionally well waymarked and tidy, all in all an excellent experience.
Written July 9, 2022
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AHT
Accra, Ghana52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Built by William Burges under contract to the 3rd Marquis of Bute as a family retreat, it really is a fairy tale location. Set amongst a forest and dominating the high ground, it has fantastic views. The building was constructed on the foundations of an old Welsh castle and the interior is a joy to see. It is very small and will not take long to visit, but there are some wonderful walks through the surrounding woodland and a lovely village pub close by that offers good ‘pub-grub’. There is no café at the castle so make sure you take water with you!! Worth a visit.
Written April 3, 2020
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ionag77
Cardiff, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
We were on a 50k bike ride & needed a boost..Too early in the afternoon for a pub stop in Tongwynlais, so pedalled up to Castell Coch. You can visit the tea room without paying the entrance fee to go round the Castle [which is thoroughly worth doing when time]. The tea room is a delight with delicious welsh cakes and amazing atmosphere!
Written January 10, 2020
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Tigs M
Wirral, UK508 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I found this place interesting. The staff were really friendly and very helpful. There was a device that take around the building and tells you all about the different rooms etc. I found that really helpful. They also provided a map for directions. The whole castle was made so it was one way as best they could. I thought they did it really well. The actual castle is beautiful.
Written July 20, 2021
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KHR62
Louth, UK99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My wife found this on the internet as it was close to where we were staying. Great choice, well laid out. When we entered we were given an audio guide which we used in the various rooms to tell us the history of the place. The tour was well put together and easy to follow. Not too crowded we were able to go at our on pace and spend time in each room to take in all the different interesting items. Great gift shop also with some interesting items for sale.
Written June 13, 2022
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