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The Stunning Details of Castell Coch

Well, I know that you have been anxiously awaiting to find out if Neal and I got lost on our way from Caerphilly Castle to Castle Coch.  Yes, our directions were really written on a scrap piece of paper. Did we make it? Yes.  Did the directions get us there? Nope.  (Thank goodness for Google navigate.)

We made it to Castle Coch with about 45 minutes to spare before the castle closed for the day, and to be honest it was just enough time.  This castle is much smaller than Caerphilly, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in décor and details.

Tips: * If you are looking to explore Wales, look at purchasing a CADW explorer pass.   3-Day pass for two adults is £20.30 while a 7-day pass is £31.60.  This allows for unlimited access to all CADW sites and well worth the money.   For more information, visit CADW’s site here. * Parking at Castell Coch is free.  In fact, there are two parking areas. When you arrive drive by the first parking lot to the upper, that way you will avoid trekking up a steep hill.  *Make sure to start with the story of the renovation of Castell Coch. It will allow you to appreciate all the work that has been done.

The exterior of Castell Coch in South Wales

Here is the nitty gritty story.  The Castle Coch is a 13th century medieval castle that was restored by 3rd Marquess of Bute  and Lady Bute in 1871.  The couple was incredibly wealthy, and decided to bring the castle back to former glory.  With hand painted murals throughout the living areas and beautiful tiled floors, this is such a different castle than the other ones we have visited.

Interior Courtyard of Castell CochInterior Courtyard of Castell Coch

Interior Courtyard of Castell CochInterior Courtyard of Castell Coch

The detail is everywhere in this castle, from the carvings on the walls to the painting on the ceiling… all by hand and all divine.

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The murals of the banquet hall were stunning.

The chapel was lined with these lovely animal murals based on fables.  I love the details here.

Castell Coch Wales

I loved the fable inspired murals throughout the castle. Hand painted and beautiful!

And just when I thought that the chapel couldn’t be any more stunning I look up at the ceiling.  And low and behold an incredible piece of mural art.

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Or this stunning painted ceiling of the chapel?

Or the Lady Bute’s private bedroom.  The style reminds me of something Moroccan or even Baltic perhaps?  For sure not Welsh.  I was pleasantly surprised.

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I love all the details of Lady Bute’s bedroom. Lovely

Posing for a pic on the draw bridge! (Yes, a real life draw bridge!)

Exterior Castell Coch

Me posing outside of Castell Coch

As we drove away from Castell Coch I told Neal that it was a castle that kept on giving.  Around each turn there was a new detail or something to see, each just as breathtaking as the last.   It was lovely surprise in a medieval castle.

Up next I am going to write about our visit to Tintern Abbey…. can’t wait to share!

Tips:

* If you are looking to explore Wales, look at purchasing a CADW explorer pass.   3-Day pass for two adults is £20.30 while a 7-day pass is £31.60.  This allows for unlimited access to all CADW sites and well worth the money.   For more information, visit CADW’s site here.

* Parking at Castell Coch is free.  In fact, there are two parking areas. When you arrive drive by the first parking lot to the upper, that way you will avoid trekking up a steep hill.

*Castell Coch isn’t a very large castle, so it can be done in about 30-45 minutes.

XO,

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