Exploring Coity Castle, Bridgend, Wales

17/03/2023

Coity Castle


Coity Castle, an impressive ruin standing in the centre of Coity village, close to the town of Bridgend, South Wales, is well worth a visit. After more than 2yrs of extensive repairs and undergoing major conservation works, it's looking better than ever. 

What is the history of Coity Castle?

This castle has a rather interesting history (as most Welsh castles do) which can be seen in its ruins of jumbled architectural styles. Having begun as an earthwork castle around AD 1100, although some historians think there may have been a Roman fort here before. The stone keep and curtain wall was then added later, sometime in the late 12th century, before being expanded even further in the 14th century and then again in the 15th century after Owain Glynd┼Ár laid siege. 

The siege lasted nearly 2yrs and despite Owain's successes elsewhere, the owners of Coity managed to withstand his assault, this was the most historical event associated with Coity Castle and its 900yr existence. However very little is known about the exact details of the siege as no detailed account was ever published and most of the historical records of Glamorgan in the middle ages have mostly disappeared. 

The castle was eventually abandoned during the 17th century, having seen a peak of luxury in the Tudor times & 16th century, the ruins are now in the care of Cadw and there is still plenty to see and explore. 


Coity Castle


Why visit Coity Castle?

Despite now being a ruin there are still plenty of noteworthy features and both children and adults alike will find a visit here interesting and educational.  The impressive East gate, which opens towards Coity castle, with its draw bridge over what would have been a moat and curtain wall around the outer bailey, still stands today, along with parts of the ornate annexe where you can see the remains of what would have been windows, fireplaces of the upper floors and ruins of eight ribbed vaults. 

This castle really helps to give us an insight into the past and my children always enjoy a visit here. There is a large central green space where kids can run off some energy and the castle is also dog friendly, although you do need to keep your dog on a lead. 

Entrance to the castle is free and is open daily between 10am-4pm.

There is a small car park just outside the castle, with space for around 2/3 cars, otherwise, you can find parking in the village and walk up. There is no toilet here although there are plenty at McArthur Glen Shopping centre which is only a few minutes' drive away. The space is fairly flat although may be uneven in some areas. 


Coity Castle



15 comments:

  1. Marie Cris Angeles30 March 2023 at 10:20

    Wow! Thanks for the information. Coity Castle is amazing. I want to go there someday!

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  2. Even though it's a ruin there still looks like plenty to explore there. I've not been to Bridgend since I was a kid, but I'd love to go back x

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  3. Wow, this remains as an impressive reminder of the beauty of Wales. I would surely want to visit here.

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  4. Too bad, some parts of the castles are ruined but that's one of the beauty of it actually. Thansk for taking us to Coity castle. I love your photos.

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  5. What a lovely castle. Surely exploring it gives us a great experience.

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  6. I have always loved castles and learning the history around them. Not really explored Wales before though

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  7. This is totally up my alley as I love history and this place if magical! I so want to see it for myself. I love the smell of old places and things.... and I so am going to have to get across the pond sometime soon to visit and explore this beautiful place!

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  8. I have never explored or visited a castle. It must be such a wonderful experience to do so. I am glad this castle offers free entrance. What a nice place to take the kids!

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  9. I've never been to Wales but I keep on hearing how beautiful it is! I can't wait to visit it with my family, can't wait.

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  10. Castle Coity sounds like a great place to take the kids for a historical adventure. My kids would make good use of the green space.

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  11. The castle looks like a really fun place to explore and check out..full of history too! A great place to take the family :)

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  12. I love visiting castles with my kids. Wales has so many! I have not been to a Welsh castle in many years now but must take a trip back soon.

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  13. I want to explore and visit this place too! Thanks for sharing this place. Amazing!

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  14. This ruin does look in tact quite a bit and enough to explore! In England, we have been to a bunch of ruins, but might need to nip over to wales to see somemore.

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  15. Such a beautiful castle. I'm sure it is rich in history and a really fun place to explore.

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