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Overview

Fairytale 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 fairytale. 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

9.30am – 5pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

9.30am – 6pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

9.30am – 5pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

10am – 4pm Monday - Saturday

11am – 4pm Sunday

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

*Castell Coch will be closed January 2020 and 2021


Prices

Category Price
Member - Join now
Free
Adult
£7.30
Family*
£21.20
Disabled and companion
Free
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans
£4.40
Seniors (Aged 65+)
£5.80

*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 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.

Free car parking available for visitors.

Venue licenced for civil ceremonies.

Castell Coch weddings

Digital trails available on the Cadw app.

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.

Light refreshments are available.

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