For those who are unfamiliar with Castell Coch, it means Red Castle in Welsh. It sits amongst woodland on a hillside just next to the village of Tongwynlais. It is a new castle rebuilt in the 1870's on Norman foundations. It was designed by William Burges for the very wealthy Marquess of Bute. I was hoping for sunshine but it was a bit chilly and Castell Coch is perfect for these sorts of days because so much is indoors.
All castles have their stories and it is said that treasure was hidden in the castle by a Cavalier during the Civil War. He never came back from the war but his ghost is said to haunt the castle searching for the treasure.
Many have tried to find it but we had an advantage, we had Bear! Off we went searching for treasure at Castell Coch.
|Searching For Treasure At Castell Coch - Bears off!|
|Is it under here?|
|Or in the kitchen?|
|Or down here?|
|Maybe in this wash stand?|
|Or in the lions mouth?|
|In the dining room?|
|In here! Lets look in here!|
|No! Just a portcullis|
|Not in the dungeon, so back up the steps|
|Not in the box with the Pentyrch Hunt|
|Is that a ghost? Or a treasure hunter?|
|Spooky! Bear on the balcony and with Grandad in the window! Which is the ghost?|
|The interior is stunning.|
|The portcullis ready to stop treasure hunters from entering (or leaving)|
|"We didn't find the treasure, Grandad" "No, but there's always next time."|
We had a great time at Castell Coch. There was so much more to see that we missed on our whistle stop tour. They have a shop and a cafe that gets very good reviews. The views from the towers are also spectacular so we must come back.
The castle is on a steep hill with a few disabled parking spaces next to the castle but, like most castles, there are loads of steps. There are baby changing facilities but I would say the site is not buggy friendly.
It was great for a toddler though, Bear loved it.
Have you been to Castell Coch?
*We purchased our CADW membership ourselves