Castell Coch


“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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Old postcard of Castell Coch and The Ynys Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 6 - I have a few postcards produced by Ernest T Bush but don’t know much about the man or his collection. After purchasing some postcards at a local sale, the dealer mentioned that the gentleman opposite was a keen collector of Bush postcards and that he’d produced a series of books. I introduced myself to Derek ... more...
Two monkey sculptures on a bed Discovering the Squatters at Castell Coch - A collection of fantastical creatures have taken over the castle in a new exhibit at Castell Coch. The sculptures, by acclaimed artist Laura Ford, are presented by TEN. and Cadw. Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism opened the exhibit last week at a special preview event. Cat Gardiner, the curator ... more...
Squatters at Castell Coch Laura Ford: Squatters at Castell Coch - Castell Coch is hosting an exhibition by renowned sculptor Laura Ford at the end of next month. The work is presented by Cat Gardiner of TEN in partnership with Cadw. Ford imagines a direct conversation between the past and present; one where parrot-children flock to disrupt festivities in the banqueting hall; monkeys run amok in ... more...

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