Castell Coch

Cardiff’s Fairytale Castle

“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.
Detailed architectural drawings still survive today and following Burges’s 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.”


Cadw have introduced a new scheme that replaces the previous resident pass. The new “Monument Pass” can be obtained from Cadw’s website. With the new pass you can visit your favourite site as often as you like over a three-year period for £6 per person.

Admission prices and up to date information can be found on Cadw’s Castell Coch page.



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Postcard of cottages in front of Castell Coch, Tongwynlais Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 10 - Welcome to the latest chapter in my series featuring postcards from Tongwynlais. This instalment features a view of the “Castell Coch Cottages”, which used to sit on the hillside beneath the castle and overlook the River Taff. These cottages can be found on the 1885 Ordnance Survey map of Glamorganshire. They were demolished in 1969 ... more...
Castell Coch postcard front Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 9 - I’m going to finish 2019 with another postcard from the collection. This is a favourite image of mine and I have several cards featuring it. This particular example was posted on August 3rd 1906. The date isn’t clear but the stamp features Edward VII, who was king from 1901 to 1910. This is one of ... more...
View North to Castell Coch above Tongwynlais. February 1972 Mary Gillham’s Tongwynlais – Part 2 - I discovered some photos of Tongwynlais and Castell Coch from the “Mary Gillham Archive Project” back in 2016. The project volunteers have been adding some really great shots over the last couple of years. In this instalment I’m pleased to share some great photos from the 1970s and 1980s. All photos are from the Mary Gillham Archive Project. ... more...



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2016 marks the 125th anniversary of the completion of Castell Coch.

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