Castell Coch

Castell Coch is the fairy-tale castle that people can seen when driving along the M4 motorway north of Cardiff in South Wales, UK.  It is cared for by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales.  Although the castle is relatively modern, it rests on foundations that date back to the Normans in 1081.  Castell Coch (Red Castle) was reconstructed by architect William Burges for John Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd Marquess of Bute between 1875 and 1879.  There is a distinctly European feel to the external towers, whilst inside the decor is striking with elaborately decorated walls and ceilings.  There are many similarities to Cardiff Castle, which was also reconstructed between 1866 and 1928 based upon Burges designs.  Castell Coch is a beautiful castle to visit, situated in the small town of Tongwynlais and surrounded by wonderful woodland.

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