Castle Coch, which is Welsh for red castle, can be found in north Cardiff surrounded by a breath-taking forest. The first castle site was built by the Normans in 1081 to protect the newly conquered town of Cardiff and control the route along the Taff Gorge. Abandoned shortly afterwards the castles mote was used as a basis for a new stone fortification when Gilbert de Clare took control of the lands in 1267. The castle is believed to have been destroyed in the native Welsh rebellion in 1314. In 1760 the ruins were acquired by the Earl of Bute as part of a marriage settlement that brought the family vast estates in south Wales. In the 19th century the castle was rebuilt.
This fairy tale building is open to the public to be explored from chamber to chamber. The interior is elaborately decorated and is filled with specially designed furniture and fittings including symbols of classic and legendary themes. This building is picturesque and perfect for capturing the imagination of young children.
Castell Coch is sat on a stretch of woodland on the slops of the village of Tongwynlais and the River Taff. It is a protected Grade I listed building due to its exceptional architectural and historical interest. The surround woods contain rare plant species and unusual geological features and are protected as a site of special and scientific interest.