Castell CochCardiff Category For the Family, Historic Sites
While resting on ancient foundations, Castell Coch (Red Castle) is relatively modern, the result of a vivid Victorian imagination, assisted by untold wealth.
The eccentric genius, William Burges was given free rein by his paymaster, to create a rural haven to complement the magnificence of his main residence, Cardiff Castle. He didn’t hold back. Dazzling ceilings, over-the-top furnishings and furniture were liberally applied.
Detailed architectural drawings still survive today and following Burges’s death in 1881, colleagues faithfully continued work on the interiors for another ten years. The castle was not suitable for, nor was it intended to be, a permanent residence and the family’s visits were few and far between.
We think Burges would approve of our conservation efforts to date and like him, we are not afraid either to embrace the latest technologies. Multi-sensory resources allow easy exploration of the site using touch screen technology which are of particular benefit to our visitors with sensory or physical disabilities.