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Castell Coch

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Castle Road, Tongwynlais, Cardiff CF15 7JQ, Wales
+44 29 2081 0101
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Fairytale Castle

Just as you'd expect a fairytale castle to be, up a hill amongst a forest of trees. The turrets... read more

Reviewed today
Pauline_Rowney
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Cwmbran, United Kingdom
From a Fairytale

Absolutely loved our time here and our little one was overjoyed at the 'Fairy Trail' app. Such a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Freckle_Eye
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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The beautiful fabled home of a very wealthy man. 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.
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Castle Road, Tongwynlais, Cardiff CF15 7JQ, Wales
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Reviewed today

Just as you'd expect a fairytale castle to be, up a hill amongst a forest of trees. The turrets are floodlit at night in pastel shades which makes it look truly magical.

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Reviewed yesterday

Absolutely loved our time here and our little one was overjoyed at the 'Fairy Trail' app. Such a gorgeous structure and a wealth of history here, not to mention the walks in the surrounding woodlands. Pleasant little café too to grab a bit or a...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had driven up to Cardiff from Southampton and decided to stop off at Castell Coch before heading to our hotel. What a hidden gem! We started off in the tea room and both had a toastie which was really nice and great prices. Then...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

A victorian folly in grand style in a beautiful setting just outside Cardiff with an excellent tea room

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I've seen this from a distance many a time but finally got around to visiting. What an absolute gem. It's a real fairy princess castle, beautifully decorated. Lots of steps so not disabled friendly but a good recommendation is to use the free audio guide....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Promised my grandchildren that we would go to this castle in the mountains , three adults and four children two five £31 , no charge for parking , if you have trouble walking or can’t do steps , please avoid , as you won’t be...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here after visit to caerphilly castle . It is a small castle which was owned by lord bute. Another great work of architect burge. Interior designs were done with gold n other colors . It is really beautiful n each room was painted...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A relatively new castle in the Cardiff historical context this castle was built by the Bute family who also owned Cardiff Castle at the time. It's a cute medieval folly. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fairy tale Castell! Recomending more than Cardiff Castle! Beautiful and close to Cardiff itself. Not expensive

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although built relatively recently, Castell Coch has many features that would have been found in a medieval castle. It's a ridiculous folly - a vanity project, with certain flaws, such as no guest accommodation for the owner's part goers! Well managed by Cadw, the site...More

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rachs18
2 April 2018|
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Response from StuThomas | Reviewed this property |
Not a problem apart from the walk from the car park. It's small "castle" - the rooms are either interconnected or accessed by a covered walkway. It's the interiors of the rooms that are fascinating. Well worth a visit.
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John L
14 January 2018|
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Response from AndrewPritch | Reviewed this property |
you would have to contact them direct sorry i cannot help you any further than that
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Tins81
27 May 2017|
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Response from Tony H | Reviewed this property |
gravel, but there is I think tarmac areas for the disabled up by the castle itself which you may be able to use
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