A “real” fairytale

The Red Castle
Castell Coch
I intended visiting a few of the castles that surround my hometown. However, there are many, some restored some not. So I thought I’d start with a fairytale castle. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castell_Coch
Castell Coch is built on the foundations af a real motte and bailey fortress on the outskirts of Cardiff. It is not a real castle in the sense that it was a fortress. It was designed by two friends in the nineteenth century, John the 3rd Marquess of Bute and the architect William Burges. The exterior was modelled on castles from all over Europe but the interior rooms are Victoriana gone mad. How would you like to stare at this while sitting at the table eating fish and chips! There are loads more photographs on my blog.
Above the fireplace in the Banqueting Hall
Above the fireplace in the Banqueting Hall
Alan Ladd made the 1954 film ‘The Black Knight’ in this castle. It only goes to show that fairytales can appear in many forms. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Knight_(1954_film)

6 thoughts on “A “real” fairytale

  1. “I intended visiting a few of the castles that surround my hometown.”—Sadly a statement I’ll never be able to make in Ohio, USA… Great pics on this post and your latest! We visited a medieval castle in Estonia a few years ago. Of course, my kids loved the torture chamber. Okay, so did their mom…

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