Castell Coch (Cadw)

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Fairytale castle was a plaything for the rich and powerful

What happens when a patron of unlimited wealth meets an architect of boundless imagination? Here’s your answer.

Castell Coch, or the ‘Red Castle’, rises up from the ancient beech woods of Fforest Fawr like a vision from a fairytale. Yet these great towers with their unmistakable conical roofs only hint at the splendour within.
Given free rein by the third Marquess of Bute, architect William Burges didn’t hold back. The highly decorated interiors and rich furnishings of Castell Coch make it a dazzling masterpiece of the High Victorian era.

But it’s no exotic folly. Underneath the mock-medieval trappings you can still trace the impressive remains of a 13th-century castle, once used as a hunting lodge by the ruthless Marcher lord Gilbert de Clare.

Castell Coch has been a plaything of the rich and powerful for over 700 years. Having lavished huge sums on it neither Gilbert de Clare nor the Marquess of Bute spent much time here.

it remains a magnificent vision of an imaginary medieval world – regularly voted by the public as their favourite building in Wales.

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  • Facilities for hearing impaired


  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

M4 Junction 32 & A470 north towards Merthyr Tydfil; follow signs for the Castle.

Accessible by Public Transport: Taff's Well station is 1.5 miles away.

Castell Coch (Cadw)


Castle Hill, Tongwynlais, Cardiff, CF15 7JS

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