PenarthCardiff 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.
By trainTrains 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.
By busBuses 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.
By carThere 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.
By boatBut 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.
Turner House Gallerya 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.
The Esplanade and the pier
Penarth Marina & Penarth end of the Bay Barragea 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.
Cosmeston Country Parkformerly 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.
Cosmeston Medieval Village"living history" medieval village
The Custom HouseRestaurants
address: Terra Nova Way
phone: +44 29 2070 6701address: 10 Plymouth Rdserving a range of Italian meals, all of exceptional quality, right next to the Station by the Railway pub.
phone: +44 29 2070 6559address: The Esplanade
Penarth does not have many hotels.
phone: +44 29 2070 9309address: Sully RoadThough not in the town centre, it benefits from a charming countryside setting between Penarth and Barry, and has a restaurant.