Castell Coch or the Red Castle, located just a few miles north of the city, was home to John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd Marquess of Bute. He gave William Burges, who also designed Cardiff Castle, permission to create a rural retreat to complement the opulence of his main residence, Cardiff Castle.
When you visit the castle, you’ll see that William Burges did not hold back in making the castle as lavish and extravagant as possible, from the dazzling ceilings to the over-the-top furnishings and furniture.
Groups visiting will be able to see Lady Bute's huge, circular bedroom – her bed, with crystal globes on the bedposts, sits in the middle beneath an extravagantly decorated and mirrored cupola, with 28 painted panels around the walls depicting monkeys. Lord Bute's bedroom is small and plain in comparison. But the octagonal drawing room is another hallucinogenic tour de force, the walls are painted with scenes from Aesop's fables, the ceiling is domed with a flurry of birds and stars, and the fireplace is topped with figures depicting the three ages of men and women.
To enhance the experience of visitors, there are multi-sensory resources that allow easy exploration of the site using touch screen technology which are of particular benefit to our visitors with sensory or physical disabilities. The opening times are seasonal and subject to change, so group organisers, make sure you check the website and plan you trip to Castle Coch well in advance!
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