Castell Coch

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Castell Coch
4.5
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The beautiful fabled home of a very wealthy man. 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. The displayed opening times are our general pattern. Please check the Cadw website for specific times and days, including closures.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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NSTcouple
Amsterdam, The Netherlands24 contributions
Lovely castle
Oct 2021
Castle Coch is quite far from the centre, and slightly difficult to access via public transport however it's worth it! A stunning castle, and great views! We enjoyed it mych more than Cardiff Castle itself... Well worth a visit.
Written October 20, 2021
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nessief
Worcester, UK925 contributions
Fairytale castle
Oct 2021 • Friends
We only visited because Caerphilly Castle wasn't due to be opened until 2pm due to system upgrades.
The drive to the castle itself is lovely, through pretty woodland.
Although I couldn't access all the castle due to mobility issues I did make it to the first floor. It was well worth the effort and the drawing room is stunning
The staff are very friendly and helpful
Written October 14, 2021
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Michael T
Leeds, UK313 contributions
Fascinating
Oct 2021
Fascinating
I visited the castle more than thirty years ago. Now there is an audio guide to it, which improves the visiting experience no end. It was interesting to learn about the ideas behind its refurbishment and the thoughts of its owner.
At the moment, with Covid restrictions, you have to book for a self-guided morning or afternoon tour. At this time of year, you can probably book one day for the next. There is free car-parking there.
There is quite a lot to see in a small space and all of the rooms have some visual appeal in one way or another in their elaborate decoration.
Before or after your visit, you could go on a walk in the woods behind the castle. Unfortunately, it was raining when I was there, so I didn’t bother.
Written October 9, 2021
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MarcusHurley
Bristol, UK7,500 contributions
Great little castle for family visit
Sep 2021 • Family
We had a great visit here with the grandkids. Staff were excellent and the place is really well laid out for a family visit. There’s a good sized car park and a well laid out route through the castle. The rooms have plenty of exhibits and explanations in them and our 3 and 9 year old grand kids had a really fun time. There’s also a cafe about 10 minutes walk away.
Written October 1, 2021
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429Happy
Chichester, UK3,314 contributions
Stunning.
Sep 2021 • Solo
One of those must seen gems to see whilst visiting nearby Cardiff.
I took the train from the city to Taffs Well.
The walk from here can be confusing with the road works and the very steep terrain.
Well worth visiting.
Written September 29, 2021
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sally j
Chelmsford, UK1,399 contributions
Beautiful Little Castle
Sep 2021
The castle looks quite magical, and the inside doesn't disappoint. The rooms are beautifully decorated, in particular the domed ceilings are stunning. Definitely a good place to visit.
Written September 29, 2021
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NiftyBoy
Margate, UK14 contributions
Interesting
Sep 2021
The sat nav took us near the place then told us to “ navigate off road “ . We drove around the streets not sure where to go and finally found the entrance. It was a very interesting place albeit quite small and fairy tale like . I could imagine films being made there . The woman in the gift shop was very friendly .
Written September 28, 2021
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michael w
Heywood, UK1,156 contributions
Rude staff
Sep 2021 • Friends
The castle itself is beautiful it’s a shame the staff are rude and ignorant as we approached the castle from our walk up the hill to be told they are closing in 10 minutes for lunch by a rude individual wasn’t said in a nice manner at all why on earth would a tourist attraction close in the Middle of the day so the staff can have lunch together is beyond me
Written September 28, 2021
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Shan J
Lampeter, UK657 contributions
Fascinating / Diddorol
Sep 2021 • Couples
Delightful place to visit. We’d passed it many times travelling to Cardiff - and were glad to visit on this occasion. You need to book tickets in advance due to the Covid situation. You tour the castle at your own speed. There are also audio guides which provided just enough information. The Cadw staff were most welcoming and helpful. There were plenty of hand sanitisers around the castle and staff to be seen replenishing them.

There are lovely walks in the woods beside the castle. There is also a sculpture trail to follow. Not all the paths are clearly signed!
Written September 28, 2021
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Maz M
7 contributions
Beautiful drawing room ceiling in a Victorian recreation
Sep 2021
A lovely little pseudo-medieval Victorian recreation. The architecture impressed my boyfriend and the parking is quite close to the castle. The ceiling in the drawing room is honestly magnificent, one of the best I've seen, and it has lovely wall paper. The castle takes around 90 minutes to two hours to do, less if you are fit.

It's not the biggest or best castle I've been to but so long as you know it's a Victorian recreation then I don't think you'll be disappointed.

The employee we spoke to there was lovely (a lady with long dark hair - I didn't get a name unfortunately) and we had a little chat about the history of the place and its first owners. All the employees we spoke to were friendly and helpful.
Written September 26, 2021
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