Castell Coch, Cardiff, 9th March 2014

March 15, 2014
Written by: Rob Slusar

This month for my 30th birthday, my fiancee and I, along with a group of our friends headed to Cardiff.

Castell Coch is located to the north of Cardiff amongst the hills and is a 19th century gothic revival castle.

The Castle was built on the site of a 13th-century castle. The earlier fortification was constructed by a Welsh chieftain referred to as Ifor Bach (“Little Ivor”). In the late 13th century the castle site was claimed by the De Clare family because of its strategic importance, commanding both the plains area and the entrance to the Taff valley. The castle was rebuilt in stone and consisted of a keep, towers, an enclosed courtyard and a gatehouse. Although the early history of the castle is largely undocumented, it is generally accepted that it was severely damaged during a period of Welsh rebellion in the early 14th century. Thereafter, the castle fell into disuse.

We decided against paying the fee to go inside, so all the shots are external.

View from the car park

Main entrance

Main tower

A view from the woods

Roof detailing

Basking in the sunshine

Thanks for looking.


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