Day Trip Report – Castell Coch (February 2018)

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

Last Saturday, my parents and I visited Castell Coch in Cardiff. We’ve been meaning to revisit the Welsh castle for some time and I’m pleased that we did. It’s been such a while since I last visited Castell Coch in my youth. It was good to revisit it and it made a nice day out for me and my parents.

The weather wasn’t good early on in the day, but thankfully it improved with sunny weather. I got the chance to use the camera on my new Samsung phone and take pictures of Castell Coch during the day. My Dad also took photos of Castell Coch with the digital camera. I’ve included the photos here.

We had a look around the various sites of the castle including the interior rooms as well as the castle courtyard. Apparently we were told at reception that the castle was ‘bigger on the inside than on the outside’. No, really! We were told that. Does that mean Castell Coch is in actual fact a TARDIS?!!! 😀

Inside the castle, we had a look around the banqueting hall, where servants would bring food from the kitchens via the serving hatch. We also had a look around the drawing room which included scenes from Aesop’s Fables, the vaulted sunburst ceiling and the Three Fates above the fireplace.

We went to see the inner workings of a portcullis in the winch room. I did take photos, but sadly the place was so dark that I didn’t find the pictures really that good. I’ll have to change the brightness on the camera next time. We also visited Lord and Lady Byte’s bedrooms which were wonderfully decorated with many interesting items.

Afterwards, we went to the top of the Well Tower to see the chapel’s original stained-glass windows. We also visited the kitchen before popping down to the dungeon. Believe me, the dungeon was very dark. Those prisoners must have suffered a lot when being locked up. I certainly wouldn’t like to spend time in the dungeon. 😀

Castell Coch has been used a lot in TV shows including ‘Doctor Who’ episodes like ‘Journey’s End’, ‘The Vampires of Venice’ and ‘Nightmare in Silver’. I’m very pleased my parents and I had a chance to revisit Castell Coch, as it’s a good place to have a day trip and to have a look around a Welsh castle.

Should you ever happen to be in Cardiff, check out Castell Coch! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the place!

By the way, we enjoyed the leek and potato soup in the cafe as well!

Thanks for reading!

Hope you like the photos.

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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