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“Red Castle”
Review of Castell Coch

Castell Coch
Ranked #9 of 168 things to do in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Beautiful interiors. Recommend you see this before going to Cardiff castle for some background on some designers/builders.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

The traditional Welsh soup (Cawl) is to die for in a superb and iconic location. Huge hunks of bread and warming soup in a unique castle - albeit a Victorian folly...Enjoy...

Thank MarkHinge
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

We visited Castell Coch during our stay in Cardiff. A little out of town, but easy enough to get to. It is a real fairy tale castle, especially walking through the trees to the front. A small castle but as it was owned by the same man as Cardiff Castle, the decoration is similar, but just as magnificent.

Thank Brenda G
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Built in 19th century a Gothic revival castle built on the remains of a genuine 13th century fortification. William Burgess was given a free reign by his paymaster John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd Marquess of Bute to create a rural retreat from his main residence Cardiff Castle.
A great attraction for all the family. Be aware of steep steps that get very narrow and contested at busy. The views from the top of the towers are fantastic on a clear day You can see Somerset. There is a lot to see from bedrooms, the kitchen, library, dungeon games room and a shop. Enter by the drawbridge one of very few still working to this day.
Admission is reasonable at £5.50 for adults and concessions for children and senior citizens. Car parking is free.

Thank Paul M
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Like out os a book this is the real fairy castle. from the drive up to the gates to the rooms, everything has been created with true imagination/ Make this a must do

Thank majnz
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