"Penarth - a bit of traditional seaside" Top 5 Page for this destination Penarth by aaaarrgh

Penarth Travel Guide: 43 reviews and 132 photos

Thanks to the long dead Countess of Plymouth, Penarth became "a beautiful and commodious watering place, a successful competitor with other places of summer resort" . It was once where the entire working population of Cardiff went for their Bank Holidays

Only a couple of miles south of Cardiff, Penarth is the real seaside. It has a long Pier, an Esplanade, a Lifeboat Station, Italian cafe's and ice-cream shops. Oh, and a beach too, of course, though more stones than sand!

Also included are some very splendid public parks, stretching down the hillside to the sea-front. And a pleasant shopping centre. And several art galleries.

AND splendid views of Cardiff, the Bristol Channel, Flat Holm and Steep Holm from the top of Penarth Head.

Catch a bus or train from Cardiff Central Station. Or a steam boat from Illfracombe, Devon!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Promenade, Gardens, Headland, Views, close to Cardiff
  • Cons:Spoiled by some modern seafront developments.
  • Last visit to Penarth: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated Aug 13, 2006
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  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2006 at 4:33 PM

    very interesting and well written, never been there, probably never will

  • Purpleshade's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2005 at 6:38 PM

    Only just noticed aPenarth page. Used to live in Penarth! 1955-61. I expect it's changed loads but I remember the pier and going over to Western-super-mare on the paddle steamer. :) Lesley

  • Jul 25, 2005 at 1:25 PM

    Nice page Sean. Penarth looks lovely - what are the beaches like??

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2005 at 4:32 PM

    Interesting photos and paintings here. Brings back memories of my day out in Penarth. :o)

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2005 at 5:29 AM

    nice little page - years since I was there


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