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NileGuide Expert Says:
Fairytale castle easily accessible from Cardiff.
CF15 7JQ Cardiff, United Kingdom
tel: +44 29 2081 0101
NileGuide Expert tip:
Head off into the surrounding woods for an exploration of Welsh countryside.
The beautiful Castell Coch is the epitome of a fairytale castle, and a magical site to behold as you approach Cardiff on the motorway. Sadly its history is as authentic as the tales it conjures up in your mind. The castle was built on medieval remains between 1871 and 1891 by the third Marquess of Bute and William Burges. Their aim was to construct a gothic castle in a 13th century style. The historical accuracy of some elements, such as the pretty conical towers, has been much debated, but one thing is a guaranteed fact: Castell Coch is a great place to while away a few magical hours.