Castell Coch

Price guide: Budget

Tongwynlais, Cardiff, CF15 7JS

Price guide: Budget

Castell Coch
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By Dave Jenkins, your Cardiff expert

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#17 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Cardiff
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Foodies, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, History, Nature / wildlife

Expert review of Castell Coch

A real life fairytale castle!

The Third Marquis of Bute strikes again! Not just responsible for the stunning medieval attention to design on Cardiff Castle’s decor, or indeed bequeathing the whole of Bute Park to the city, he also devoted some of his riches to this medieval masterpiece that’s actually built on the ruins of an original castle built in the thirteenth century.

Castell Coch (or the Red Castle) peeps out of the trees on the very north of the city and looks every bit the fairytale dwelling outside and in. Whimsical and wonderful, Bute and his ally architect William

Burges spend a huge amount of time and effort on a castle that was lucky to see residence for more than a week every year. From the curvaceous turrets to the eye-bogglingly intricate interior via the fully working drawbridge, it’s not difficult to see why it’s a popular wedding location.

Castell Coch as easily accessible along the Taff trail and makes for a great location to cycle to from the city. It’s the top of a very steep hill, so mature travellers may want to visit by car.

Price advice: 

Entry costs £3.80 for adults and £3.40 for concessions.

Expert tips: 
Make sure you have some money for the on-site tea shop, their homemade cakes are tremendous!
Parking is free.

More information on Castell Coch:

Price guide:
Architectural site, Castle / palace, Viewpoint
Tongwynlais, Cardiff, CF15 7JS
+44 29 2081 0101
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Open Mon-Sun 9am-5pm.

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