Exploring Penarth, South Wales

Penarth is a small Victorian town located between Wales’s capital city Cardiff and the seaside resort of Barry Island. It’s known for its majestic sea view and impressive Victorian architecture.


Travelling to Penarth

Penarth hosts a train station and bus routes making it easy to travel around to varying locations of your choice. Taxi’s and Uber drivers are also an option for travelling in and around Penarth. Travelling information for your perusal:


Cardiff to Penarth: 15 minutes to drive by car, 10 minutes by train from Central Station, Cardiff. 25 minutes approximately by bus. There are many bus stops in Cardiff so time may vary depending where you are in town.


Swansea to Penarth: 1 hour by car, 1hour 20 minutes by train and 2 hours by bus.


Bristol to Penarth: 1 hour ride by car, 1 hour 15 minutes by train and 2 hours by bus.


London to Penarth: Just under 3 hours via car, 2 hours 15 minutes by train and 4 hours 30 minutes by bus.


To check travel fare’s when travelling from abroad and within the UK, use the following link: https://www.rome2rio.com/


Top 5 best spots to visit in Penarth


Cosmeston Lakes Country Park & Medieval Village

A majestic haven no matter the weather, Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is a must see. With wonderful swans and ducks on the pond to feed or watch as the world goes by, it's the perfect spot to collect your thoughts and simply breathe. If you are feeling energetic you can walk/jog/cycle around the pond, or venture into the beautiful woodlands. Whether you visit by yourself for some peace and quiet, with a partner for a romantic walk, a friend for a catch up or the whole family to venture out, you won’t leave disappointed. Free wheelchair hire and toilets are available at reception. While visiting, take a peek at the Medieval Village, it showcases 1350’s livelihood and structures, take a moment to relive the past by visiting the buildings and taking in the history.


Penarth Pier Pavilion

Witness the magnificent view of the sunset while hearing the waves elegantly crash against the shore. The Pier embodies the beauty of Victorian architecture, that’s why it can be a hot spot to film movies and hold events. Smell the delights from varying eatery's on the pier. With plenty of seating you may enjoy a relaxing, quiet day or a bustling yet calming atmosphere. Either way, we guarantee you’ll see a lot of smiling, happy people.


Penarth Marina

The perfect place for boating and enjoying the view of Cardiff Bay. The Cardiff Bay Barrage is a fascinating 1.1km long structure. Enjoy watching the operation of the locks, sluices and fishpass. To dock your boat and enjoy the sights on board visit: Book your visit | boatfolk


Lavernock Point

Enjoy a beautiful nature reserve, filled with butterflies and other glorious wildlife. Well-maintained by volunteers, there are plenty of benches to relax and watch the splendor unfold including relaxing sea views.


Alexandra Park

A lovely, tranquil, green space perfect for a picnic or to enjoy the incredible topiary and plenty of wildlife, including a bird enclosure for a calming walk to the shops and bay.

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