Penarth Things to Do

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    Penarth Pavillion and Pier

    by awladhassan Written Oct 3, 2012

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    From Victorian times Penarth has been a popular place for visitors. It has a pier, a good beach and attractive buildings. There is also a marina where a number of boats can be seen. the houses near the marina are also attractive.

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    The Beach & Pavilion

    by ettiewyn Written Apr 21, 2012

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    The beach is of course the main attraction of this seaside resort town. I was surprised to see that it was a pebbled beach, and at this time of the year and day it did not look overwhelmingly inviting, but I think it must be nice on a summer day. There is an esplanade running along it that looks very pretty with its old-fashioned lamps.
    There is also a pavilion and pier, similar to the one in Brighton that I had seen before, but it has sadly fallen into disrepair. There were big posters asking for donations, apparently a fundraising is planned to restore the pavilion to its former glory.

    There are also many beautiful historical buildings at the waterfront, so a stroll here on a sunny day must be very nice.

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    St Augustine Church

    by ettiewyn Written Apr 21, 2012

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    Penarth only had a very short entry in my guidebook, so I would not even have known about St Augustine, had not the guide on the boat trip in Cardiff Bay pointed it out. He told us that it was possible to walk to Penarth along the Barrage, and also that St Augustine was located there, on the highest point in this southern part of Wales!

    Yes, it indeed is the highest point, and it is quite strenuous to walk up to the church, but I still found it worth it. Unfortunately the church was closed, so I could not see the splendid Victorian interior, but I could still see the exterior and the nice graveyard with wonderful views over Cardiff Bay and the water - actually not the worst location to be buried!

    There was already a church at this site in 1242, but the present building was only constructed in 1866, replacing a church that had become too small for the growing community of Penarth. The tower was built very tall and strong looking, to be a landmark seen from afar, similar to a lighthouse. It was modeled on the tower of the previous church that was located here.

    I could not find any info about opening times of the church, but when I visit Penarth again one day I think I will ring the office and ask - I would really like to see the interior of this church, it looks so nice on pictures: Interior picture on Victorian Web

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    Penarth Marina

    by ettiewyn Written Apr 15, 2012

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    In the 1960s, the docks of Penarth were closed and fell into disrepair, exactly like the ones in Cardiff. The coal trade had collapsed and there was no more use for them. However, about twenty years later, redevelopment started and a part of the docks was converted into a Marina. The old basins were used to create this new, pretty place. It is located at the side of Cardiff Bay, not the seaside. There are a few restaurants and cafés located here as well.
    A nice place for a stroll!

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    Alexandra Park

    by ettiewyn Updated Apr 15, 2012

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    This is a very nice park located between the beach and the town centre, it makes a good shortcut to walk here instead of walking along the streets. It is very well cared for and laid out in Edwardian style, with hedges and pathways. There is also a bandstand where concerts are held in summer.
    The park was opened in 1902 as a recreational space for the public.

    I do not have any pictures because I walked here with a local couple who showed me the way to the train station and I did not want to delay them. I wish I would have found out about the park earlier during my short visit to Penarth, it would have been nice to spend some more time here!

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    Turner House Art Gallery

    by aaaarrgh Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Turner Gallery

    Currently run by Ffotogallery, so you can expect exhibitions of photographs, which is not a bad thing. There have been some excellent exhibitions over the last twelve months!

    Turner House was built in 1888 and is a self-contained gallery on two floors.

    There is a footpath next to the building which leads to Penarth sea-front. It takes you past the towns pleasant Alexandra Park.

    Turner House gallery is free to enter. Open Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 5pm.

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    Cosmeston Country Park

    by Myfanwe Written Jun 1, 2010
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    Cosmeston Country Park consists of acres af unspoilt Countryside centred around a series of lakes which have been created at the site of a disused quarry. It is a haven for wildlife and has been known to attract birdwatchers from far and wide when a rare bird decides to pay a visit. There are many walking trails & cycling paths for you to enjoy here as well as organised wildlife events which take place during the year.

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    Cosmeston Medieval Village

    by Myfanwe Written Jun 1, 2010

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    The Medieval Village at Cosmeston is situated right next to the Country Park. This wonderful village has a number of reconstructed thatched cottages, farmhouses, church, tithebarn and even a pigsty which all demonstrate what life would have been like in 14th Century Wales. Before entering the village you need to buy your ticket at the visitor centre then make your way down an idyllic boardwalk towards the entrance. Here we were greeted by one of the residents who was taking a break from harvesting the fragrant herbs which were growing in the gardens. We opted for the audio tour which gave an insight into what it would have been like to live in the 14th Century in cottages as such as these. You can wander around the village at your leisure, admiring the buildings as you go. Don't forget to pay the pigs a visit, they were great, one of them even woke up from a sleep, with one eye open - came over to say hello to us!

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    Cosmeston Medieval Village

    by Balam Written Jun 1, 2010

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    Comeston Medieval Village is a living history medieval village near Lavernock Just outside Penarth, The village is based and built upon remains of a Medieval village discovered during an archaeological dig in the grounds of Cosmeston Lakes Country Park in the 1980's.
    It is a great recreation peasant life in 14th century Wales and is looked after by authenticaly dressed staff.
    The village regularly has groups of reenactors, who with their authentic tents pitched around the outskirts of the village perform displays of historical combat and scenes of medieval life.
    The Village has been described as "the best representation of a medieval village currently available in Britain"

    Cosmeston has also been used in the filming of television programs such as Merlin

    11am to 4pm (November to March) and 11am to 5pm (April to October).

    Last tour: 3pm (November to March) and 4pm (April to October)

    Adult tickets - Self Guided Tours £3.50 - Guided Tours £5.00 - Special Events £5.00

    Concessions £3.00
    Under 5s Free

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    St Augustines Church

    by Balam Written Mar 31, 2010

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    The parish church of Penarth (St Augustines) sits on the higest point on the town, on the headland at the south west tip of Cardiff Bay and it can can be seen from miles around. The church had served as a beacon for sailors through centuries and so when time came for a new church to be built in 1865 there was an outcry amongst Bristol Channel pilots when the architect revealed his plan for a short square tower. As the ports of the seven estuary were only getting busier a landmark was needed more than ever and so the plans were changed and the new church was built with a tower 28m (90 ft) high which made it 98m (320 ft) above sea level.
    The church is built of a local grey stone with Bath stone and pink sandstone used for highlights its interior of the church has changed relatively little since 1866 with brick, stone and tiles in contrasting colours.

    Three relics of the old church have been preserved. The fourteenth-century churchyard cross which has been taken inside to protect it from the weather, it has already been badly weathered so that only the Crucifixion scene is recognizable today on one of its faces.
    There is a prayer desk made from the former chancel gate and a long, flat, thirteenth-century stone with an elaborate carved cross.

    On the first Wednesday of each month there is an open afternoon from 2pm until 4pm.
    The church is regularly used for concerts with world famous soloists coming to play the organ.

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    Penarth Head

    by Balam Updated Mar 30, 2010

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    The extensive Penarth Head and Coastal Battery was built iin the 1890's to protect the approaches to the docks at Cardiff and Penarth from French invasion.
    From early history the head was used as a beacon and is is from here that Penarth gets it's name. (the Welsh Pen means a head or hill and Garth a promontory ridge or height.
    The site retains nothing of any Architectural interest but it does offer some good views across the Bristol Channel to the Islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm.

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    The Kymin

    by Balam Written Mar 30, 2010

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    The Kymin

    The Kymin were built in 1870 and is now owned and cared for by the Town Council.
    The gardens are open to the public during daylight hours. When i visited in march they were a little scrappy looking but i'm sure they will look much better in the summer.

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    Penarth Pier

    by Balam Written Mar 30, 2010

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    Penarth Pier is 658 feet in length and was constructed in 1894 and opened in 1895. A wooden pavilion was built in 1907 at it's far end that became a dance hall but was destroyed by a fire along with a large proportion of the structure in 1931 and on 20th August 1966 the White Funnel paddler 'Bristol Queen' hit the pier.

    During the summer months you can take boat trips from the pier aboard the Balmoral and the Waverly which is the last sea going paddle steamer in the World.

    The Pier is open alll year. Summer months 9am to 9pm daily. Winter months 9am - 5pm daily.

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    Do the Town Trail

    by Myfanwe Written Mar 28, 2010
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    There are many notable buildings in Penarth and a great way to see them is to pick up a leaflet from the tourist information and follow the Town trail. We found most of the things on the town trail but be warned - the fort which is shown on the map is now a park with a few benches although disappointed there were no remains of a fort, the views of the Bristol Channel were excellent. Another highlight of the town trail were the views of Cardiff bay from the churchyard.

    Since our visit to Penarth I have also found some online town trails which seem really good (see website below).

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    St Augustines Church

    by Myfanwe Updated Mar 28, 2010
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    St Augustines Church sits on the highest point in Penarth about 220 feet above sea level. For centuries this was the site of a religious settlement dating back to a foundation of the Austin Canons. The 90-foot saddle-backed church tower is well known to seamen in the Bristol Channel and is a prominent landmark from many viewpoints far inland.

    It was Designed by William Butterfield and financed by Baroness Windsor, the church replaced a much smaller building in 1866. The interior is particularly noteworthy for its organ and use of coloured brick. Three relics of the old church are preserved: a long, flat, thirteenth-century stone with an elaborate carved cross.The fourteenth-century churchyard cross brought indoors to minimise the ravages of the weather and a prayer desk made from the former chancel gate.
    A pillar surmounted by a harp marks the grave of the composer Dr Joseph Parry, Professor Music at Aberystwyth.

    Set into the wall just past the church gate is an ornate cast-iron drinking fountain.

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