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St Augustine's Church is at the highest point of Penarth Head, 230 feet above the old county of South Glamorgan. It has been used as a navigation landmark for ships for many, many years.

There has been a church on the site for over 750 years. However, the present church was built around 1865-66. It is by the highly respected London architect, William Butterworth.

It is well worth getting the key to go inside. It is one of the prettiest church interiors I have ever seen. Brickwork patterns all over the walls in three colours. Columns and pillars made from deep red and cream stone. There is a booklet available in the church about its history.

I was lucky enough to hear the church organ played recently. It is also splendid to look at and dates from 1895. There is an annual Organ Music Festival towards the end of July.

Address: Penarth Head, Penarth
Directions: Follow Albert Road from the town centre. Basically head upwards from wherever you are - the church is at the highest point!
Website: http://www.staugustineschurch.co.uk/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 25, 2005
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