Castell Coch is set high in a wooded hillside above the village of Tongwynlais, just on the outskirts of Cardiff. Its picturesque location and stunning architecture mean that it is often used as a film location. More recently the castle has also been open for civil wedding ceremonies.
Castell Coch was built in the late nineteenth century on the remains of an earlier medieval fortification. It was designed by William Burges for his employer, the third marquess of Bute, for whom he had previously redesigned Cardiff Castle. Burges created a spectacular fairytale castle in medieval gothic style.
Open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
1st April 31st May 9.30am - 5pm
1st June 30th September 9.30am 6pm
1st October 31st October 9.30am 5pm
1st November 20th March 9.30am 4pm Mon to Sat, 11am 4pm Sunday.
Tel: +44 (0)29 2081 0101
How to get there:
By car: Exit the M4 at Junction 32 onto the A470 and follow signs for Tongwynlais.
By bus: The nearest bus stop is approximately 1km from the castle in the village of Tongwynlais. It is served by Stagecoach service 132, which runs every 30 minutes between Cardiff and Pontypridd. On Sundays the service runs every 60 minutes.
Adult - £3.50, Concession - £3.00, Family - £10.00
Castell Coch is licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies, but there are no function facilities. Ceremonies take place in the Drawing Room, which can accommodate a maximum of 30 people. The hire charges are £470 Monday-Friday and £570 Saturday-Sunday. See the Cadw website for further information: Cadw Website
Posted by Taffy 13th May 2007