The Eccentric Genius of William Burges

In the heart of Cardiff lies the magical and fantastic work which ‘eccentric genius’ William Burges created for his patron, the Third Marquis of Bute – Cardiff Castle. Cardiff Castle, along with Castell Coch on the outskirts of Cardiff, reflect the perfect blending of Burges’ and Bute’s eclectic interests.

Burges was given free rein to create the opulent and imaginative interiors of both castles. We will look at these and also consider the unique relationship between artist and patron. Expect lavish details, strange beasts and excessive gilding!