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Penarth offers exhibitions, films and a full events schedule including live music and locally sourced food and drink that can be enjoyed by the sea with picturesque views.

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Penarth is a seaside town located in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

It is situated approximately 5 miles (8 km) south of the capital city, Cardiff, and is bordered by the Bristol Channel to the south and Cogan to the east. The town is known for its Victorian architecture, scenic esplanade, and pier, which offers views across the channel. Penarth has a population of around 24,000 people and is a popular residential area with easy access to Cardiff and the surrounding countryside.

Penarth is a beautiful coastal town with a variety of attractions and places to explore

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Penarth town centre

Explore the town's shops, cafes, and restaurants, and soak up the charm of this vibrant community.

Penarth Pier on a moody evening

Penarth Pier

Take a stroll along the pier and enjoy panoramic views of the Bristol Channel.

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Alexandra Park

 A great spot for a picnic or a leisurely walk, this park has beautiful gardens, a children's playground, and a stunning view of the sea.

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Penarth Marina

This modern marina is a popular spot for boating enthusiasts and offers a range of watersports activities.

Stoney beach and Penarth cliff edge

Penarth Cliff Walk

This 3-mile coastal path runs along the clifftops and offers stunning views of the coast and the surrounding countryside.

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Turner House Gallery

This contemporary art gallery is housed in a beautiful Victorian building and showcases a range of exhibitions throughout the year.

Orange sunset shot from Penarth out to sea

Penarth Beach

This pebble beach is a great spot for a family day out, with plenty of space to relax, build sandcastles, and play in the water.

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Cosmeston Lakes Country Park

Just a short drive from Penarth, this nature reserve has lakes, woodland, and meadows, and is home to a variety of wildlife.

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St. Augustine's Church

This beautiful church is a landmark of Penarth's Victorian heritage and features stunning stained glass windows and intricate architecture.

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Penarth Esplanade

This scenic promenade runs along the seafront and offers views of the coast and the town's beautiful architecture.

There are many fun activities to try in Penarth

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Water sports

With its proximity to the sea and marina, Penarth is a great place to try out water sports like kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, and sailing.

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Rent a bike and explore the town's beautiful coastal paths and countryside trails.

Golf course on a sunny day


Penarth has a range of golf courses, including the 18-hole course at Cottrell Park Golf Resort.

Fisherman out on a lake at dusk


Head to the pier or marina and try your luck at catching some fish.

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Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade or the cliff walk, or explore the town's many parks and gardens.


Spa day

Relax and unwind at the nearby St. David's Hotel and Spa, which offers a range of treatments and facilities.

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Browse the independent boutiques and shops in the town centre, or visit the nearby St. David's shopping centre in Cardiff.

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Wine tasting

Visit the Penarth Wine Cellar, which offers a range of wines to taste and purchase.

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Live music

Check out the live music scene in Penarth, with events happening at venues like the Paget Rooms and the Penarth Conservative Club.

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Yoga and meditation

Join a yoga or meditation class at one of the town's many wellness centres and studios, and find inner peace and relaxation.

Penarth FAQs

Penarth is a town located in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, United Kingdom. It is located approximately 4 miles south of the Welsh capital city of Cardiff and is situated on the northern shore of the Bristol Channel with easy access to the M4.

Yes, Penarth has a pebble beach that stretches along the seafront, overlooking the Bristol Channel. The beach is called Penarth Beach or Penarth Esplanade and is popular with locals and tourists for leisurely walks, picnics, and seaside activities. There is also a promenade with a variety of shops, cafes, and restaurants overlooking the beach.

As of 2023, there are 17 schools in Penarth. Some of the best rated include: 

Albert Primary School
Evenlode Primary School
Stanwell Comprehensive School
St Cyres Comprehensive School
Sully Primary School
Victoria Primary School
Westbourne School
Ysgol Pen-y-Garth

(Stats taken from, April 2023)

Properties in Penarth had an overall average price of £391,616 over the last year.

(Stats taken from Rightmove, April 2023)

Penarth is well-connected by bus and train to Cardiff and other nearby towns and cities. There is also a local bus service within Penarth.

Some popular attractions in Penarth include Penarth Pier, Penarth Marina, Alexandra Park, and Cosmeston Lakes Country Park.

Penarth has a rich history dating back to prehistoric times, and was a popular destination for Victorian holidaymakers. The town was also a major coal exporting port in the 19th century.

Some popular places to stay in Penarth include Holm House, Beachcliff Hotel & Apartments and Glendale Hotel.

Penarth hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including a food festival, a jazz festival, and a Christmas market. The town also has a thriving arts scene, with regular exhibitions and performances at the Penarth Pavilion and other venues.

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