History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The first castle here was built in the 11th century during the first wave of conflict between the native Welsh princes and the Norman invaders. Like most Norman fortifications it consisted of little more than a wooden palisade atop a mound.
Like so many castles in southern Wales, Coch passed in time to the powerful de Clare family (see Caerphilly Castle), who erected three huge stone towers (the Keep Tower, Kitchen Tower, and Well Tower) by the end of the 13th century.
Castle Coch was badly damaged in the early 14th-century Welsh uprisings and it fell out of use. By the middle of the 16th century, the antiquarian John Leland recorded that it had become ruinous. It might have remained so if it were not for the wealthy and eccentric 3rd Marquess of Bute.
Bute hired architect William Burges, who was also responsible for another, even more extravagant, Bute fantasy at Cardiff Castle. Burges began work at Castle Coch in 1875. He died 6 years later, but the work was completed by his workmen. Together they created an extraordinary idealized Victorian vision of a medieval castle in richly decorated Gothic style.
Castle Coch is now in the guardianship of Cadw, Welsh Heritage.
About Castell Coch
Address: Tongwynlais, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales, CF15 7JS
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: North west of Cardiff off the A470 at Tongwynlais
Website: Castell Coch
OS: ST131 826
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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