Cadw is closing Castell Coch for three weeks to carry out essential conservation work.
Water has been seeping into the castle and damaging William Burges’ ornate Victorian interiors. Efforts to fix the problem over the years have proved unsuccessful and further investigation was required. Drones were used to discover that the leaks are caused by tiny cracks in the chimney stones and deterioration to the pointing. To make the castle watertight for generations to come, the conservation team are planning to take down and rebuild the chimneys. One of the chimney stacks is thought to weigh 50 tonnes!
Stephen Jones, Cadw’s programme and operational planning manager, said: “The team’s proposal to take down and rebuild the chimneys is drastic but water is obviously soaking down through the stone and causing the high decoration in Lord Bute’’s bedroom to come off the walls. The only answer is to dismantle the chimneys and rebuild them, inserting a lead tray on the inside to take away any water.”
The famous Cardiff landmark will be closed from 4th to 24th June 2018.
Important news from @cadwwales about conservation work at @Castell_Coch.
The castle will be closed for three weeks from 4th – 24th June.https://t.co/guYpRoXd1N#LoveCastellCoch pic.twitter.com/FzLjwidPmo
— Love Castell Coch (@lovecastellcoch) June 2, 2018
Roof repairs were carried out in late 2013 and scaffolding was erected in 2006. Local photographer Gale Jolly took these photos.
To avoid disappointment, Cadw recommend checking their website for information on the opening hours of Castell Coch in advance of a visit.
Read more about the conservation work at Cadw’s website. Thanks to Gale Jolly for letting us publish her photos.