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.



Latest blog posts

Photo of Tongwynlais from 1971 Mary Gillham’s Tongwynlais – Part 1 - 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. I’ll start with some photos from the 1960s and 1970s. All photos are from the Mary Gillham Archive Project. Read all ... more...
Postcard featuring Castell Coch Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 4 - This instalment of “Postcards from Tongwynlais” features a photo of Castell Coch from renowned publisher Valentine & Sons Ltd. Valentine’s was established in 1851 by Mr James Valentine (1814 – 1879). After James’ death his two sons, George Dobson and William Dobson took over the company. They made lots of products but in the late ... more...
Castell Coch with scaffolding Behind the Scenes Tour of Castell Coch - Would you like to take a behind the scenes tour of Castell Coch? Cadw have just published details of eight tours starting from October 12th until November 30th. The following information is from Cadw: Cadw are offering its members an exclusive opportunity to see the crucial conservation work being carried out at Castell Coch this ... more...

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Castell Coch 125 header

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