Castle Coch 

A Fairy Tale Castle near Cardiff

Castle Coch or the Red Castle,is surrounded by woodland just north of Cardiff on the A470 towards Merthyr.

It is really a "folly" built in 1870 for the 3rd Marquess of Bute by William Burgess.

But it was built on the foundations of a 13th century castle. The original castle was built from red sand stone which gives the present day castle it's name Castell Coch, which in Welsh means The Red Castle.

The castle because of it's "Camelot" appearance has been the location of many films, one which was the 1954 Hollywood movie The Black Knight, starring Alan Ladd. it was also used for the BBC adaptation of the The Prisoner of Zenda.

Other TV productions include The Worst Witch, and Tracey Beaker’s Movie Of Me and Robin Hood.

The castle has a drawbridge, and portcullis, a lovely court yard, and the interior decoration must be seen. Also look for the statue of Madonna and child over the entry gate. This 6ft tall statue pictured right was commissioned from the Italian sculptor Ceccardo Fucgina in 1878, and has recently undergone restoration.

There are some lovely walks in the surrounding woods.The castle is owned by C.A.D.W and there is an admission charge. Car parking is good and there are toilets, cafeteria,and souvenir shop in the castle forecourt.






The Castle's lavish interior


A painting of mine


Lord Butes Bedroom

The Kitchen



                                PLEASE NOTE


Assistance dogs only

No smoking


Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.


Steep access

Very difficult for wheelchairs and buggies

Cobbled courtyard is accessible for wheelchairs

Many steep narrow steps

Designated disabled parking for 5 cars, approx. 75 metres from monument

                Opening times


1 March - 30 June 2018




Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm


Last admission 30 minutes before closing


For yearly opening times please click 'View all visitor information'


Admission costs

Adult - £6.90

Family - £20.00*

Member - Am ddim/Free

Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free

Student and children under 16 - £4.10


Senior Citizen - £5.50

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16


All children under 5 receive free entry.


Prices valid until March 2019