Castell Coch

Accredited Attraction - Wales
  • Fairy Spotting at Castell Coch

  • Castell Coch

    Castell Coch

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  • Castell Coch

    Castell Coch

  • Castell Coch

    Castell Coch

  • Castell Coch

    Castell Coch

  • Castell Coch

    Castell Coch

Wales’s fairytale castle

While resting on ancient foundations, Castell Coch (Red Castle) is relatively modern, the by-product of a vivid Victorian imagination, assisted by untold wealth and rumoured to be riddled with fairies.

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 beauty of the site has enchanted the woodland fairies for more than a century, and in recent weeks their glittering fairy doors have popped up all over the castle grounds. Visitors to the site are invited to find the fairy doors and see whether they can spot a fairy (or two!)

Visit the event finder for more information on the fairies at Castell Coch.

Events at Castell Coch

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Opening times

1 September - 31 October 2016

Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Admission costs

Adult - £6.00
Family - £16.20*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £4.20
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

All children under 5 receive free entry.

Facilities and information

Baby changing Cycle stands Car park Exhibition Gift shop No smoking Portable induction loop Refreshments Toilets
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Prices valid until March 2017
  • Assistance dogs only
  • No smoking
  • Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.
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Postcode CF15 7JS

Car Road M4 (Jct. 32), A470 then signposted.

Rail Rail 2.5km/1.5mls Taffs Well, Cardiff-Taffs Well/Merthyr Tydfil/Aberdare/Treherbert route.

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??? Bike NCN Route No.8, Taff Trail.

For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.