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image for Castle item typeCastell Coch (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, £4.40-£7.20

Castell Coch - Cadw

Castell Coch - Cadw

Details

While resting on ancient foundations, Castell Coch (Red Castle) is relatively modern, the by-product of a vivid Victorian imagination, assisted by untold wealth. The Middle Ages fascinated the Victorians as much as the Victorians fascinate us today. High Gothic was the order of the day.

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.

We think Burges would approve of our conservation efforts to date and like him, we are not afraid either to embrace the latest technologies. Multi-sensory resources allow easy exploration of the site using touch screen technology which are of particular benefit to our visitors with sensory or physical disabilities.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

1 March - 30 June 2019 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm
1 July - 31 August 2019 Daily 9.30am- 6.00pm
1 September - 31 October 2019 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm
1 November 2018 - 5 January 2020 Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm. Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Prices valid from April 2019:
Adult - £7.20
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £21.20
Seniors £5.80
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £4.40
Children under 5 - Free

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 30 Mar - Mon 6 May Laura Ford: Squatters
Mon 27 May Summer of Stories

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Castle Hill,
Tongwynlais,
Cardiff,
CF15 7JS

Location

Directions

Plan route to Castell Coch (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: ST 130826  Lat: 51.53557 Long: -3.25571

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

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1.5 miles from Taff's Well station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired