Chances are that if
you've ever travelled to Cardiff by car along the M4 motorway then
you may have spotted perched on a hillside just north of the city
Sometime referred to as the fairytale castle, Castell Coch
actually translates as the Red Castle.
The castle was built in the 19th century on the remains
of a 13th century fort in the village of
Tongwynlais. It was designed by the renowned architecht
William Burges on behalf of the 3rd Marquess of Bute,
the same team behind the elaborate restoration of Cardiff Castle,
some 5 miles to the south. In fact the castle was intended to
act as the Marquess' summer retreat.
It's well worth a visit, if only for the terrific views from the
top of the towers of the city of Cardiff and onwards to the Severn