Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Wales  /  South Wales  /  Cardiff  /  Historic Sites  /  Castell Coch
Castell Coch, Cardiff
(4.5/5 based on 1,100+ 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.
Create a full Cardiff itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Cardiff

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Cardiff by other users

1 day in Cardiff BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Wales BY A USER FROM ITALY February, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Wales BY A USER FROM CANADA September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Wales BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Wales BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Wales BY A USER FROM SWEDEN August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in South Wales BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in United Kingdom & Dublin BY A USER FROM FRANCE May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in London, Wales & Scotland BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United Kingdom, Galway & Dublin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • A thoroughly great spot with great views. Interiors are stunning and not at all what would be expected. Well worth a visit 
  • If you're a member of English Heritage, entry is free on presentation of your membership card. This is a lovely attraction which is good if you want to visit somewhere but don't have more than a coupl...  more »
  • We had driven past Castell Coch many times on the way to Bridgend when our children were young, and our daughter always referred to the castle as 'a fairy castle'. So we decided it was about time we v...  more »
Google
  • 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.