Penarth is a Victorian sea-side town 4 miles southwest of Cardiff in Wales. It has impressive Victorian architecture and known for its pier and extensive parks. It is getting the impression from certain people that its turning into a cafe town. Penarth population is mainly made up of people commuting to local city, Cardiff.
Trains run from Cardiff to Penarth on the 'Valley Lines' every 15 mins between 7am to 8pm Monday to Saturday, hourly until 11pm and every two hours on Sunday. The travel time is 10 minutes. The rough fare is £3 return.
Buses run every 7 mins 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.
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 7:00 am and 9:30 am is impossible.
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.
Penarth is roughly divided into the Town Centre, the Esplanade and the Marina. All are within walking distance, with hills.
- 1 Turner House Gallery. a local art galley. located 2 minutes away from the railway station and the art galley is right next to the steps which lead down to the Esplanade.
- 2 The Esplanade and the pier.
- 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.
- 4 Cosmeston Country Park. formerly a 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.
- 5 Cosmeston Medieval Village. "living history" medieval village
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 located anywhere else.
- The Custom House (El puerto and La Marina) (Marina). Restaurants
- The OysterCatcher (Hungry Horse), Terra Nova Way.
- 1 The Glendale Hotel, 10 Plymouth Rd, ☏ . serving a range of Italian meals, all of exceptional quality, right next to the Station by the Railway pub.
- 2 Restaurant James Sommerin, The Esplanade, ☏ .
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, ☏ . Though not in the town centre, it benefits from a charming countryside setting between Penarth and Barry, and has a restaurant.