Penarth Things to Do

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    Take a stroll on the Pier

    by Myfanwe Written Mar 28, 2010

    Penarth Pier was constructed in 1894 and was opened in 1895. It is 658 feet in length. In 1907 a wooden pavilion was built at the seaward end that became a dance hall - this was later destroyed by fire. In 1929 the existing pavilion entrance was built. walk on the pier is an extremely popular pastime in Penarth. On the pier you will find a coffee shop and cafe together with plenty of seating for you to sit and admire the views. During the summer months you can take boat trips from the pier aboard the Balmoral and Waverly - the last sea-going paddle steamer in the World.

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    Beside the sea

    by uglyscot Written Mar 14, 2009

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    The esplanade is an attractive street with elegant lamp posts on the seaward side of the road. Many of the buildings are large, especially the Yacht Club with its balcony.Across the side road is the Coastguard's, RNLI. Going further upnthehill is the Italian garden with its palms and flower gardens. From this area a good view can be got of the pier and its green coloured entrance. If you are lucky some boats may be in the picture, Looking out to sea, arethe islands .
    Although the beach is pebble, when the tide is out there is sand.

    The Pier Italian Garden The Yacht Club The Pier and Beach view to the islands
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    Visit the marina

    by uglyscot Updated Mar 14, 2009

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    The marina is full of boats, and the buildings in the neighbourhood are rather interesting too- and expensive. It was built at what were the old docks.
    From the marina you can see across the bay to get a clear view of Cardiff,which is about 5 miles away.

    boats in the marina The Marina marina Penarth
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    Travel 650 years ~ Cosmeston Medieval Village

    by aaaarrgh Updated Aug 13, 2006

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    Next to the Cosmeston Lakes is a re-created collection of thatched buildings. Cosmeston Medieval Village is built on the foundations of an actual village dating back to the 1100's. There are several houses, a tithe barn, animal yards and a bakery.

    The best thing about the 'village' are the 'villagers' that bring it to life. You will be taken back to the year 1350 by someone in medieval costume who will describe what life was like under King Edward III, the Black Death and the 'Hundred Years War' with France. On my tour we were lead be a wonderful lady called 'Elspeth', who regailled us with personal stories and anecdotes. And stayed in character throughout. There was also a special tour of the village Bakery, which left us all smelling of wood smoke.

    Guided tours take place on the hour, you need to arrive at least 10 minutes earlier. Prices in 2006 3.50 GBP adults, 2 GBP child, 8 GBP Family. Opening hours Summer 11-5pm, Winter 11-4pm.

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    Landmark church on Penarth headland

    by aaaarrgh Updated Jul 25, 2005

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    St Augustine's Church is at the highest point of Penarth Head, 230 feet above the old county of South Glamorgan. It has been used as a navigation landmark for ships for many, many years.

    There has been a church on the site for over 750 years. However, the present church was built around 1865-66. It is by the highly respected London architect, William Butterworth.

    It is well worth getting the key to go inside. It is one of the prettiest church interiors I have ever seen. Brickwork patterns all over the walls in three colours. Columns and pillars made from deep red and cream stone. There is a booklet available in the church about its history.

    I was lucky enough to hear the church organ played recently. It is also splendid to look at and dates from 1895. There is an annual Organ Music Festival towards the end of July.

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    Incredible View from Penarth Head!

    by aaaarrgh Updated Jul 25, 2005

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    Worth going to Penarth just for the view over Cardiff Bay and the Barrage. On a clear day you can see the whole of (what was) South Glamorgan. And Castell Coch. And as far East as the Severn Bridge to England.

    Penarth Head is the highest point in (what was) South Glamorgan, 230 feet of limestone and pink alabaster.

    Penarth's St Augustine's Church is nearby.

    The French Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley visited Penarth in 1897 and painted from Penarth Head. So you will be in good company!

    Best views from Pembroke Terrace - the locals gather here to watch the firework displays in Cardiff Bay.

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    Cosmeston Lakes and Nature Reserve

    by aaaarrgh Written Jul 23, 2005

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    Heading west from Penarth towards Barry are Cosmeston Lakes - a large 100-hectare nature reserve and park, Visitor Centre, Cafe (and a 'medieval village' nearby).

    The lakes were once quarries, which became disused and flooded in the 1970's. They are very deep and quite dangerous - swimming not recommended!

    This is a popular place for walks and picnics on a sunny day but is so large it rarely feels busy. There are two main lakes, with foot/bike paths around them. And many other footpaths and walks into the woodland and countryside. And a dragon-fly pond. And bird-hides to watch the wildlife. And lots of signs and plaques illustrating the wildlife you might see.

    In addition there is a childrens playground and a barbecue area too - you can book the barbecues in advance and bring your food to cook!

    All in all, a lot to see and do. And (apart from the medieval village) it costs diddly-squilch, absolutely nothing!!

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    Penarth Pier and Esplanade

    by aaaarrgh Updated Dec 17, 2004

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    The obvious destination if you visit Penarth. The town was developed at the end of the 19th century to be an important holiday resort. Thousands of working people from Cardiff flocked to Penarth on Bank Holidays until the 1930's.

    Penarth Pier was built in 1894, burnt down and rebuilt in 1931, rebuilt againafter a ship collided with it in the 1940's!! The green-copper roofed pavilion was built in 1926. You can buy icecreams, teas, coffees or snacks from the stalls on the pier.

    From Spring until September you can catch a paddlesteamer from Penarth to the north coast of Devon and back. The Waverley paddlesteamer is the oldest boat of its kind still in service.

    There are some very pleasant Victorian parks above the Esplanade. Walk back to Penarth town centre through Alexandra Park.

    There is not much else to do on Penarth Esplanade apart from enjoy the weather, or the views. There is a large cafe to buy meals, fish and chips, ice creams and drinks.

    During the second half of July Penarth holds its Festival on the Esplanade. This ends with a spectacular firework display from the end of the pier. In 2004 the Waverley paddlesteamer parked itself 100m out-to-sea, looking beautiful in the dusk with its lights shining.

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    The Kymin

    by Myfanwe Written Mar 28, 2010

    The Kymin was built in 1870, it is now owned by the Town Council. The landscaped gardens are open to the public and provide a nice little area surrounded by many varieties of shrubs and trees.

    The  Kymin The Kymin
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