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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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...
Castell Coch postcard girl playing piano Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 3 - For this third instalment of “Postcards from Tongwynlais“, I present another favourite of mine. The photo on the postcard shows a young girl playing the piano in the kitchen of Castell Coch. This was one of my first postcard purchases and – just like the photo in the first article – I was confused why ... more...
Castell Coch drawbridge header image Today in Tongwynlais History – 10th April 1936 - The Birmingham Gazette reported on 11th April 1936 that 30 visitors fell off the drawbridge at Castell Coch when it collapsed. Follow @mytongwynlais There were some serious injuries but most of the group escaped with minor abrasions. One of the women was carrying a baby who, thankfully, wasn’t hurt. The custodian of the castle thought ... more...

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