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Visitor Notice

Castell Coch will reopen on Friday 13 November — please check our opening days and times below.

Lady Bute’s bedroom will be closed on Friday 27 November 2020 to allow our conservations teams to carry out some essential repair work.

You must pre-book your tickets before your visit and please remember:

  • tickets cannot be sold to anyone resident outside of Wales, or to groups with more than 4 people over the age of 10 unless all are living within the same household; you may be asked to show proof of residence
  • book a ticket for every member of your party for the same time slot
  • bring your face mask, to be worn in all indoor areas.

Book Tickets

If you are unable to book your tickets online please call our booking helpline on 03000 252239.

If you would like further information about your booking please email us at CadwTickets@gov.wales

All tickets are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to an alternative date, time or venue.

Please visit our reopening our staffed heritage sites page and our FAQs for guidance on our safety measures at site.

Overview

Fairy-tale 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 fairy tale. 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.

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

More about Castell Coch


Opening times

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10am–12.30pm 1.30–4pm 

Closed 12.30–1.30pm

Friday and Saturday

Closed Sunday–Thursday

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

(Car park open Friday and Saturday for castle ticket holders only)

Please note: Lady Bute’s bedroom will be closed on Friday 27 November 2020 to allow our conservations teams to carry out some essential repair work.

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Prices & Tickets

Category Price
Member - Join now
Free
Adult
£6.50
Family*
£18.40
Disabled and companion
Free
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans
£3.90
Seniors (Aged 65+)
£5.20

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry.


Facilities

Assistance dogs only icon Audio tour icon Baby changing icon Bikes access icon Car park icon Civil ceremony licence icon Digital trail icon Disabled access icon Exhibition icon Guidebook icon Gift shop icon No drones icon No smoking icon Portable hearing icon Refreshments icon School visits icon Toilets icon Venue hire icon Wi-Fi icon

Assistance dogs only at this site.

Audio guide available detailing the history of the site.

Unisex toilet with baby changing facilities on 1st floor.  

Bike storage area available in car park or close to site.

Car park open Wednesday to Sunday for pre-booked castle ticket holders only.

Castle and car park closed Monday and Tuesday.

Designated disabled parking for 5 cars, approx. 75 metres from monument.

Venue licenced for civil ceremonies.

Castell Coch weddings.

Digital trails available on the Cadw app.

The steepness of and gaps within the entrance bridge may pose difficulties to wheelchairs, buggies and those with walking aids.

On-site exhibition within monument.

Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.

Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.

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.

Smoking is not permitted.

A portable induction loop is available.

Café closed

To book your free self-led education visit to this site, follow these simple steps in our self-led education visits section.

While you're there, check out our free learning resources to help with your time travel adventure!

 

Single unisex toilet located on ground floor, 25 metres from ticket office.

One ladies toilet on ground floor of Well Tower.

Unisex toilet with baby changing facilities on 1st floor.

This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.

Cadw free public WiFi available at this site.


Directions

Road
M4 (Jct. 32), A470 then signposted.
Rail
2.5km/1.5mls Taffs Well, Cardiff-Taffs Well/Merthyr Tydfil/Aberdare/Treherbert route.
Bus
1km/0.6mls Tongwynlais, route No 26, Cardiff-Tongwynlais /Tredegar or route No 132 Cardiff-Tongwynlais-Mardy.
Bike
NCN Route No.8, Taff Trail.

Postcode CF15 7JS

For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0800 464 0000 or National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50.


Contact us

Telephone 02920 810101

Email
CastellCoch@gov.wales

Address
Castell Coch
Cardiff CF15 7JS