Cardiff Castle and Castle Coch

First things first: It is NOT castle coCK. Coch is the Welsh word for red. It’s Red Castle. Are we clear? Good.

Here is the long awaited (by no one I’m sure) blog post dedicated to the two castles I visited when I was living in Cardiff. I’m dreadfully disappointed in myself, actually. Wales has the most castles per square mile in the world, and I didn’t see nearly enough. All the more reason to go back!

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle is conveniently located smack-dab in the middle of City Centre. The castle walls are massive, and the land itself also includes a park (mentioned in this post). Another bonus? Residents of Cardiff can get the “key to the castle” to get in for free anytime they want as well as discounts off purchases.

There are so many rooms to explore in the castle grounds. You can walk yourself around, or there are free audio tours that take you everywhere.

I definitely suggest doing the tour. It costs a little extra, but it is so worth it. They have an awesome philosophy where the tour guides don’t have scripts to follow. One tour can be completely different from the next. One of my roommates went three times and said each tour was unique.

I am, obviously, all about the libraries in these old buildings. This one was stunning. The rooms in Cardiff Castle are all so unique and made for living (the place has heating!).

If you’re not afraid of heights, you definitely need to go up the Castle Tower. The views of Cardiff are fantastic, and you really realize how vast the castle grounds are. It is so special to have a castle so close by.

Castle Coch

Here’s a cool fact: you can see Castle Coch from the top of the Castle Tower in Cardiff Castle. It is hidden in the hills, so the views are magnificent. This castle did not house royals. It was simply a guy who wanted to build an elaborate home for his wife (taking notes, boys?).

This is much smaller than Cardiff Castle. It has an audio tour which is one of the best I’ve ever experienced. It is clear, concise, and also informative. The rooms were still just as cool.

There are loads of places to hike around Castle Coch because it is in the hills. My roommate and I took the bus to the town and then walked to the castle. Altogether, the day cost less than £10. We had tea and a Welsh cake while walking around the exterior. One of the highlights of my year!

Like I said, I would love to go back and do even more exploring in and around Wales. I love castles so much, and I was lucky to have so many close by.

What is your favourite thing to explore?



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