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

Access

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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Latest blog posts

Old postcard featuring drawing of Castell Coch Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 8 - We’ve got a bumper collection of postcards for you this month. They all feature beautiful pencil sketches of Castell Coch by Joyce Capon. Dating the cards is tricky because they haven’t been posted. They were printed by “William Lewis (Printers) Ltd., 43, Penarth Road, Cardiff.” Some quick research tells me that William Lewis died in ... more...
Old postcard showing aerial photo of Tongwynlais Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 7 - Today’s postcard is an aerial shot of the village and surrounding valley. The postcard was produced by Photochrom Co. Ltd. They are based in London and Tunbridge Wells and were established in 1896. There’s no date or stamp to tell us when it was produced but the existence of the Walnut Tree Viaduct tells us ... more...
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...

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History

Castell Coch 125 header

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

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