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Castell Coch

Castell CochPerched on a hillside to the North of Cardiff is Castell Coch.  It is sometimes referred to as the Fairytale Castle, (if you've seen it, you'll know why) but in fact the name translates as Red Castle.

The location of the castle means that it has some magnificent views from its turrets over the city and on to the Bristol Channel.  Dating from the 1870s it was originally built as a summer house for the third Marquess of Bute, at one point the richest man in the world.  As with his main home, Cardiff Castle, the decoration is extravagant and ornate thanks to the work of his architect William Burgess. 

Today the castle is one of the most photographed in Wales and is a popular stopping off point for walkers and cyclists on the Taff Trail which runs nearby.

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