I have a thing for castles (next to cemeteries), not because they are featured in fairy tales and being swept off my feet by a handsome prince, but more of the gothic feel and the history behind each room and tower.
Wales is sometimes known to be the “castle capital of the world”, so lucky am I to have married a Welshman!
We’ve been to several castles before, Cardiff Castle, Ogmore Castle, St. Quintin’s Castle, Caerphilly Castle and now just recently, Castell Coch.
This is the castle that I’ve been seeing so many times on the highway; it sits majestically on the edge of a hill whenever we’d be driving on the M4.
As it’s winter, there’s not much queue and crowds. I was so impressed when they gave us audio guides without charge!
Tickets are 5.50£/adult.
Here’s a little 1-minute video that I made to summarise our trip:
Some more photos. I find it hard to shoot photo and video at the same time. It takes a lot of patience, shooting and re-shooting. Even harder if your fingers are freezing from the cold temps.
I used my trusty Canon 6D and 24-105 lens.
A superb fireplace by Thomas Nicholls features the Three Fates, spinning, measuring and cutting the thread of life.
How romantic is it to sleep in this bedroom, though that bed looks stiff. And how’s the heating?
There are no guest rooms in this castle, so the Lord and Lady did not spend much time in Castell Coch, but more as a summer getaway castle to relax.
Highly recommended to visit if you’re around the area. It’s smaller than Cardiff Castle but nevertheless interesting history behind it.
For more details, visit http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/daysout/castell-coch/?lang=en