With the sharp conical roofs of its towers rising theatrically from the beech woods of Fforest Fawr, Castell Coch — ‘the Red Castle’ — is an irresistible and striking landmark to those who chance to travel north from Cardiff.
As it stands, it is a dazzling architectural tour de force of the High Victorian era, a romanticized and dream-like castle which combines sumptuous Gothic fantasy with timeless fairy tale.
Yet it is important to remember that there is much more of interest underlying this astonishing nineteenth-century construction. And, to find the origins of Castell Coch as a true fortress, we must look back much earlier.
The guide also includes a ground plan, bird’s-eye view and Bute family tree.
Published 2018 / 56 pages / ISBN 978-1-85760-210-4
Size 210mm (w) x 255mm (h) English language
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