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Penarth is a Victorian sea-side town 4 miles (7 km) southwest of Cardiff in Wales. It has impressive Victorian architecture and known for its pier and extensive parks. It is becoming a cafe town. Penarth population is mainly made up of people commuting to local city, Cardiff.

Get in[edit]

2 and 4 Plymouth Road

By train[edit]

Trains run from Cardiff to Penarth on the 'Valley Lines' every 15 min M-Sa 7AM to 8PM, hourly until 11PM, and every two hours on Sunday. The travel time is 10 minutes. The rough fare is £3 return.

By bus[edit]

Buses run every 7 min from Cardiff Bus Station to Penarth town centre (services 92-94), with some then continue to Barry via Dinas Powys or Sully. Return to Cardiff is £3 with the added benefit of being a day rover ticket in Cardiff also. Travel time is about 20 minutes.

By car[edit]

There are only three roads into Penarth, of which two are heading into Cardiff. Because of this and lot of the population commuting to work, getting out of Penarth quickly between 7AM and 9:30AM is impossible.

By boat[edit]

But the best way to arrive is to catch the river cat from Cardiff Bay to the Penarth end of the Bay Barrage. Although you will have to walk up the hill to get to the town centre. If the tide is out, it is possible to walk along the coast to Penarth Esplanade.

Get around[edit]

Penarth is roughly divided into the Town Centre, the Esplanade and the Marina. All are within walking distance, with hills.


Penarth Italian gardens
  • 1 Turner House Gallery. A local art gallery 2 minutes away from the railway station next to the steps which lead down to the Esplanade. Turner House Gallery (Q18619546) on Wikidata Turner House Gallery on Wikipedia
  • 2 The Esplanade and the pier. Penarth Pier (Q7162267) on Wikidata Penarth Pier on Wikipedia
  • 3 Penarth Marina & Penarth end of the Bay Barrage. A tranquil place where a majority of boats are moored. The Bay Barrage has turned the tidal rivers of Taff and Ely contently high tide and a full 'lake' at the bay. Penarth Marina (Q7162266) on Wikidata Penarth Marina on Wikipedia
  • 4 Cosmeston Country Park. A former lime quarry with has been flooded and has extensive fields around the lake. Has a medieval village within the grounds and has 'battles' on bank holidays. Cosmeston Lakes Country Park (Q3401424) on Wikidata Cosmeston Lakes Country Park on Wikipedia
  • 5 Cosmeston Medieval Village. A "living history" medieval village. Cosmeston Medieval Village (Q3404164) on Wikidata Cosmeston Medieval Village on Wikipedia



Penarth Centre

The town has a good collection of charity shops, unlike Cardiff centre. Also the Windsor Arcade has a collection of local independent shops, which will not be found anywhere else.


The Custom House


The Albion, The Railway, The Pilot, The Windsor and The Clive are all original in their own right. The local J.D. Weatherspoon pub, The Bears Head, is like any typical 'spoons pub.


Penarth does not have many hotels.

  • 1 Manor House Hotel, Sully Road, +44 29 2070 9309. Though not in the town centre, it benefits from a charming countryside setting between Penarth and Barry, and has a restaurant.
  • 2 Holm House, Marine Parade CF64 3BG, +44 29 2070 6029. Plush hotel and spa on the cliffs above the channel. B&B double from £120.

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