Work is continuing at our fairy-tale castle; however our conservation specialists recently had to stand aside for the evacuation of two large bee hives found in vents within the castle walls.
Fortunately we were able to see them all successfully relocated at a local apiary.
Cadw members will be able to read all about the 'bee-vacuation' in the next edition of Heritage in Wales!
Natural Resources Wales are felling infected larch trees and have created a footpath diversion in Forest Fawr above our site. This work is likely to continue until the end of March 2019. Please follow the diversion route which is signposted through the forest for your own safety.
Please visit the Natural Resources Wales website for further information:
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.