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Trains from Cardiff to Penarth (and vice versa) run every fifteen minutes, but on sundays only every two hours. A single fare is £2,40. The train ride only takes fifteen minutes, and the trains stop both at Cardiff Central and at Cardiff Queen Street.
Penarth Station is located about 500m from the Esplanade, it is only a small station and I found it hard to find without a map as it is not signposted - it might be best to ask the locals.
In case you leave Penarth when the office at the train station is closed, it is no problem to buy a ticket on the train (there are no self-serving ticket machines).
Written Apr 14, 2012
Sully Island is a few miles west of Penarth near Swanbridge. It is connected to the mainland by a wide causeway of flat rock. But big signs on the shore warn you that many people have drowned trying to get back from the island!! The tide is very strong here - it quickly rises 12m. And there are strong currents. Two hours either side of high-tide do not even think of walking to the island.
Which is a shame, because Sully Island is worth a visit. The rocky causeway is full of rock pools. The beach has more seashells than I have ever seen in one place. The island in summer is covered with wild flowers and butterflies. You can get an excellent view along the Glamorgan heritage Coast and also across to Steepholm - the island in the Bristol Channel.
Unique Suggestions: It is not unknown to see fishermen camping on Sully Island. Maybe take your tent!!
Or if the children are annoying, send them off to the island with a bucket and spade, never to be seen again, while you sit in the pub on the shore with a stiff drink ;-)
Fun Alternatives: If the tide is in, there is a pub, a cafe and an ice cream kiosk on the shore. And a sea wall to sit on and watch other silly fools drowning in the surf.
Updated Oct 2, 2005