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Castell Coch, Cardiff

(4.5/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
William Burges' architectural magnum opus, Castell Coch, or Red Castle, is a dream world built by a patron and his favorite architect. Tour the rooms and take note of the ornate detail, vibrant color, and gilded workmanship that came to define the Victorian age. The castle was only lived in briefly by Lady Margaret Crichton-Stuart and, as such, has kept most of the original design intact. Plan to visit Castell Coch and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Cardiff attractions using our Cardiff family vacation planner.
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  • Having not been here in a long time me and my brother took his friend there to see the castle hidden in the woods. Although we did not go in as we were doing tourism on a budget, the view from outside...  more »
  • We were at a loss to find something to visit and then passed the castle travelling up the bypass. It took some investigation to find were it was but it was worth it. From the second we got there I tho...  more »
  • Gem of a castle. Well worth a wander around and beautiful views from castle. Woukd need to probably drive here as outside of Caerphilly Nice cafe too  more »
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  • What a magical, romantic castle with turrets in a woodland setting. Wimples, knights on chargers are all that's missing! I spent a long time here and in the gift shop for some unique keepsakes and the little tea shop. Another to revisit next year along with Raglan Castle.
  • Beautifully reconstructed castle. Feels like your in a fairytale. Intricate decoration and sympathetic furnishings. Great view all the way to Cardiff Bay from the top!
  • Lovely fairytale castle. Good parking and tea room in site. Lots of spiral staircases to explore
  • Absolutely wonderful! It feels like a mediaeval castle should, even though it is much more recent. A great day out!
  • Beautifully quaint and well-maintained medieval castle, which was used as a vacation home for the Bute family. Stepping into the rooms truly evoke a magical feeling, as if entering an old, forgotten castle. The underground rooms (which are mostly bare walls) reflect the true unchanged state which they used to be, giving an overall sense of authenticity. Had a really lovely experience, especially since the grounds were rather quiet and not packed with tourists, affording one a leisurely exploration of the castle and its rich history.