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Castell Coch
Tongwynlais, Cardiff




Castell Coch (Red Castle) is known as a ‘Fairytale Castle' situated in the woodlands of Tongwynlais, Cardiff.

The original castle was built in the 13 th century between 1240-1265 and is thought to have belonged to Ifor Bach , Gruffud ap Rhys and then Gilbert de Clare before becoming abandoned in the 14 th century after being destroyed by a fire and underming.

The 3 rd Marquess of Bute, John Patrick Crichton, believed to have been one of the richest men in the world, acquired the castle and employed William Burgess, who he had previously hired to remodel Cardiff Castle, to conduct restoration work on the castle. Work began in 1875.

Burgess died in 1881, yet he had left clear instructions and plans for the castle and restoration was finally completed 10 years later.

he Dining Room and rooms in the Keep Tower are decorated, with Aesops fables, Mythology represented with the Three Fates above the chimney piece in the drawing room, as well as a winged figure of Psyche in Lady Bute's bedroom


Several tragic events have occurred at the castle, which is thought to be the cause for its haunting.

A Cavalier from the Civil War, has been seen by numerous visitors. It is said a considerable amount of treasure was hidden in a passageway by a Cavalier during the Civil War, and he is reported to be checking that nobody has touched his beloved possessions.

The ghost of a lady has been witnessed to wander the castle. It is believed she had died from a broken heart when her son drowned in a nearby lake in the woods.

‘White Lady' has been seen for many years. After the death of Lord Bute, his wife continued to live at the castle for a short time but was eventually driven out by the constant appearance of this particular ghost


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