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

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...
Postcards from Tongwynlais Part 2 header Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 2 - Welcome to the second instalment of our new series featuring postcards from Tongwynlais. This post features a classic view of Castell Coch produced by Frith’s. Follow @mytongwynlais Francis Frith (born 1822) was an early pioneer of photography. He was a founder member of the Liverpool Photographic Society and travelled extensively documenting his journey. After returning ... more...
Volunteer at Castell Coch header How I Became a Volunteer at Castell Coch - Guest post by Simon Underdown. My wife and I moved to Tongwynlais just over three and a half years ago, my wife is originally from Fairwater and I was born in Barry. We often cycled through the village on our way up and down the Taff Trail and loved the row of cottages at the ... more...

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Castell Coch 125 header

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