Castell Coch

About

“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

Residents of Tongwynlais are entitled to a free entry pass to Castell Coch. For information about how to get a free pass, visit Tongwynlais.org.

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History

Castell Coch 125 header

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