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Castell Coch

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.

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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.

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Dazzling ceilings, over-the-top furnishings and furniture were liberally applied. Detailed architectural drawings still survive today and following Burges’s death in 1881, colleagues faithfully continued work on the interiors for another ten years.

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The castle was not suitable for, nor was it intended to be, a permanent residence and the family’s visits were infrequent.
However, the marchioness and her daughter, Lady Margaret Bute, did occupy it for a period in 1900 following the death of Lord Bute.

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Attraction in Cardiff

Entrance Charge

  • Adults £3.60
  • Reduced Rate £3.20
  • Family Ticket £10.45
  • Children under 5 FREE

Opening Times

Contact Details

phone: 02920 810101 fax:

Owner/Manager: Cadw

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News and Special Offers

Opening hours
Last admission 30 mins before closing.
1 Apr-31 Oct 09 daily 9am-5pm
1 Nov 09-31 Mar 10 Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm
Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan
The monument will be closed from 4 Jan-7 Feb 2010 inclusive for essential conservation work.

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