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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

Daily 9.30–5pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Daily 9.30–6pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Daily 9.30–5pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Daily 10am–4pm*

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

*Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1–31 January

Please note: during extreme weather conditions we may need to close monuments at short notice, please check our social media channels before visiting to ensure the site is open and safe to visit.

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Category Price
Member - Join now
Disabled person and companion
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans
Seniors (Aged 65+)

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry.


Assistance dogs only icon Audio tour icon Baby changing icon Bikes access icon Car park icon Civil ceremony licence icon Disabled person 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.

The castle car park is free and open during standard site opening hours.

There are three dedicated accessible parking bays at the top of the car park on the right hand side.

Venue licenced for civil ceremonies.

Castell Coch weddings.

The steepness of and gaps within the entrance bridge may be limited to wheelchair users, buggies and those with impairments.

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, go to our self-led education visits section.

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


One unisex toilet on the ground floor, 25 metres from the visitor centre.

One ladies toilet on the ground floor of the Well Tower.

Twin toilet facilities on 1st floor.

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

Cadw free public WiFi available at this site.


M4 (Jct. 32), A470 then signposted.
2.5km/1.5mls Taffs Well, Cardiff-Taffs Well/Merthyr Tydfil/Aberdare/Treherbert route.
1km/0.6mls Tongwynlais, route No 26, Cardiff-Tongwynlais /Tredegar or route No 132 Cardiff-Tongwynlais-Mardy.
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 03000 252239


Castell Coch
Cardiff CF15 7JS

For contractors, educational visits and deliveries please ring 02920 810101
Rydym yn croesawu galwadau’n Gymraeg / We welcome calls in Welsh.