Penarth Travel Guide

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Penarth Things to Do

  • Penarth Pavillion and Pier

    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

    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...

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  • St Augustine Church

    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...

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  • Penarth Marina

    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...

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  • Alexandra Park

    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...

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  • Turner House Art 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...

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  • Cosmeston Country Park

    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...

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  • Cosmeston Medieval Village

    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...

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  • Cosmeston Medieval Village

    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...

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  • St Augustines Church

    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...

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  • Penarth Head

    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...

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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

    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...

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  • The Kymin

    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.

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  • Do the Town Trail

    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...

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Penarth Restaurants

  • NIce Old Pub, Great Location

    I first visited The Captains Wife after visiting Cosmoston Medieval Village. we only had a drink but Vicki had eaten here loads of times and said the food was really nice. It is a Vintage Inn like The Travellers Rest near Caerphilly or the Hartshead Inn near Oldham, both of which i have now been to on many occasions. The food in Vintage Inns is...

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  • A nice Stop

    The Railway Inn is a great Pub situated (you probably guesed it) Next to the Railway Station at Penarth.we called in for a drink after having a walk around Penarth.It has a large Lounge area and offers some good looking food which reminded me very much of a wetherspoons pub. It had a nice atmosphere and seemed to be a good place to go for either a...

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  • crumpets with butter

    This teashop is in the Cosmeston Park and Medieval Village Centre. It is self service at the counter. The view of the lake with the swans is very attractive. Beverages are about the usual price but the crumpets and cake were very reasonably priced. The crumpets [£1.20 for two] were among the best I've had- obviously not shop-bought, and the carrot...

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Penarth Nightlife

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    The Railway Inn, Penarth

    by Myfanwe Written Mar 28, 2010

    The Railway inn is a great looking Pub which is reputed to be one of the oldest pubs in Penarth. We called in for a drink but they had some lovely looking food on offer too.

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Penarth Transportation

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    by ettiewyn Written Apr 14, 2012

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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).

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Penarth Warnings and Dangers

  • A very hilly town!

    Penarth is very hilly, and so it can be quite strenuous to walk here. After I had already walked a lot on the day I visited, I really cursed the winding, steep street leading up to St Augustine!Some of the streets are very steep, so if you have any walking difficulties, Penarth might not be the best place to visit, or you might need to have a car...

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  • beware of crumbling rocks

    The beach at Penarth is mostly pebbles which make walking difficult, especially for older people, but even on a cold March day there were quite a lot of people - families, people walking their dogs.The cliffs on which Penarth are built are limestone and alabaster which are soft rocks and have eroded a lot even in modern times, so it is not...

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  • be weather wise

    There is an awful lot of rain in South Wales, especially Swansea and cardiff. Always carry an umbrella or have waterproof clothing from October onwards, as although there may be blue skies, the clouds can quickly appear and rain follows.

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Penarth Tourist Traps

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    by aaaarrgh Updated Oct 2, 2005

    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.

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Penarth Off The Beaten Path

  • Dinosaur search

    We told tha there were dinosaur footprints to be seen in the rocks at Sully. It was quite difficult to find accessto the bach, and then to find the special rocks where the prints can be seen. It was especially interesting for the children.Since pour visit I have taken other vistors from abroad to see the prints.

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  • The Custom House

    When I arrived in Penarth, I first saw this interesting historical building that has been converted into two restaurants, but still has the words Custom House shown at the front.It is a grade II-listed building, and was once housing the offices of the harbour officials. The architecture is really splendid and I think it bears witness of Penarth's...

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  • The Barrage

    An easy way to get from Cardiff to Penarth is to walk across the Barrage. If you are at the waterfront at Cardiff Bay and from the Norwegian Church continue walking, you will get to this large kind of dam that was constructed in the 1990s, when Cardiff Bay (then named Tiger Bay) was totally transformed, and was changed into a large freshwater area...

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Penarth Favorites

  • What I still have to do...

    Always leave something for the next visit... These are the things I didn't to in Cardiff so far and that I want to do when going back! Pay another visit to Alexandra Gardens - to spend more time there and take some picturesTurner House Galley - permanent collections and changing exhibitions of fine art and photographyBoat trip to Flat Holm Island...

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  • Elegant lamposts

    I was really taken by the elegant wrought iron lamposts along the Esplanade. Those further up the hill were more modern and less attractive. My daughter commented on them later too. The elegance of the town. The grey limestone buildings are striking, and particularly I admired the Carnegie Library, though was unable to take a picture- next time.

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