{wales} fantasy castell coch

April 2, 2018

A bus ride away from Cardiff lies the sleepy (and do I really mean sleepy) village of Tongwynlais. This sleepy village appeared even sleepier because I happened to be there during drizzles which turned into a downpour that eventually turned back into drizzles. I didn’t just head to Tongwynlais because I wanted to see a quaint sleepy Welsh village though. It’s the grand 19th century Gothic Revival church that sits on a hill above Tongwynlais that brought me all this way in the rain.

The original castle that sat on this very spot was built probably after 1081 by the Normans. The castle was destroyed and then built again and then destroyed then the land changed hands a few minutes until the famous 3rd Marquess of Bute employed the stunning William Burges to create this castle as a summer getaway from his wife. The 3rd Marquess of Bute is responsible for many of the castles in Southern Wales as he was interested in Gothic architecture. It turns out that the 3rd Marquess of Bute ended up spending almost no time at all in this summer getaway castle, but it’s beautiful nonetheless. The paintings on the inside are particularly extraordinary. I wish I could actually stay in this castle and be a princess!

Read more about our United Kingdom adventure here:
Scotland – edinburgh, the old cityall things national museum • holyrood views 15th century st. giles cathedral closes abound edinburgh’s castle headed north dunkeld, the first stop the highlands killiecrankie’s soldier’s leap a wee dram of tomatin here comes the snow clava cairns’ standing stones crossing the bridge to skye isle of skye sites the old man of storreilean donan castle the heeland coo kilt rock “city” of portree black and white glen coe the last loch celebrating william wallace it’s the food!
Wales – cardiff’s majestic castle countryside it’s the food!

A Welsh photo adventure:

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