Castell Coch

Local nameCastell Coch
LocationCardiff, UK

Castell Coch is a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle built above the village of Tongwynlais in South Wales. The first castle on the site was built by the Normans after 1081, to protect the newly conquered town of Cardiff and control the route along the Taff Gorge. Abandoned shortly afterwards, the castle's earth motte was reused by Gilbert de Clare as the basis for a new stone fortification, which he built between 1267 and 1277 to control his freshly annexed Welsh lands. This castle was likely destroyed in the native Welsh rebellion of 1314. In 1760, the castle ruins were acquired by John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, as part of a marriage settlement that brought the family vast estates in South Wales.

John Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd Marquess of Bute, inherited the castle in 1848. One of Britain's wealthiest men, with interests in architecture and antiquarian studies, he employed the architect William Burges to reconstruct the castle, "as a country residence for occasional occupation in the…

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Cardiff Castle Entrance Ticket from 19 USD

Opening hours

Mar - Jun, Sep - Oct:
Daily 9:30 am - 5 pm

Jul - Aug:
Daily 9:30 am - 6 pm

Nov - Jan:
Mon - Sat: 10 am - 4 pm
Sun: 11 am - 4 pm

Last admission 30 min before closing
Closed on Dec 24, 25, 26 and Jan 1.


Adults: £6
Seniors, students, children (under 16): £4.20
Children (under 5): free
Family (2 + up to 3): £16.20

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Official Website



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Phone +44 7972 911059

Address Tongwynlais, Cardiff CF15 7JS, UK

Coordinates 51°32'9.122" N -3°15'17.04" E

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