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PenarthUnited Kingdom

Sometimes known as “The Garden by the Sea”, Penarth is a seaside resort in the Vale of Glamorgan just five miles from the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

The town overlooks the Bristol Channel, and attracts flocks of visitors with its old Victorian charm, picturesque pier and lush parks.

Consisting of an elegant Victorian and Edwardian centre uphill from an esplanade and pebble beach, Penarth is a relaxed place with a great mix of attractions, from enticing shopping and dining to open spaces, cliff-top walks, boat trips and the call of the surrounding Glamorgan countryside.

Penarth has an appealing centre focused on two main streets — Windsor Road and Stanwell Road — plus a Victorian shopping arcade and pretty clock tower roundabout. Both roads, and their interconnecting streets, serve up a satisfying variety of shops, from boutiques and stylish homeware and gift outlets to jewellers and surf and sports stores, so there’s something to please every retail hound.

When your shopping’s done, you’ll find tearooms and cafés to relax in, and numerous dining spots to enjoy. A trip along the esplanade reveals a crop of modern eateries serving delectable fresh Welsh food with a contemporary twist; some of them command wonderful views of the pier and Bristol Channel.

You’ll also find a clutch of brasseries, gastro pubs and steakhouses overlooking the yachts at Penarth Marina, and French, Indian or Italian restaurants in the town centre proper. On the pub and bar front, meanwhile, you’ll discover cosy real ale spots, traditional inns and modern bars perfect for lively evenings out or nightcaps after dinner.

Noted for its gardens and pretty pier, Penarth is great for taking things easy. If you’re looking for tranquillity, you’ll enjoy the pretty flower gardens of Alexandra Park and the Windsor Gardens, or a walk along Penarth Pier to drink in the seascapes. From time to time in the summer, you can even take paddle steamer cruises from the pier.

Other attractions abound, too. You can admire the yachts and views from Penarth Marina, play a round at the town’s two golf courses — the Dinas Powys Golf Club or the Glamorganshire Golf Club — or potter around the arty photo exhibitions at Ffotogallery at Turner House. History lovers, meanwhile, will want to visit St Augustine’s Church, Penarth’s fine hilltop Victorian church, or trace the town’s heritage trail to see other noteworthy buildings.

There’s much to lure you out of Penarth. Nature buffs will love nearby Cosmeston Lakes Country Park with its footpaths, lakes and woodlands rich in bird life, while families and history enthusiasts will appreciate the park’s fascinating Cosmeston Medieval Village, a reconstructed 14th Century village that captures the essence of bygone rural life.

Where to stay in Penarth

Top hotels in Penarth

Holm House Hotel
Holm House Hotel
4 out of 5
Marine Parade, Penarth, Wales
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Situated in Penarth, this romantic hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Cardiff Bay and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Wales Millennium Centre. Doctor Who Experience and Norwegian ...

4.2/5Very Good! (46 reviews)

"Very nice room. Very clean and large. Excellent food and service"…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Holm House Hotel
Cefn Mably Hotel
Cefn Mably Hotel
3 out of 5
1 Lavernock Road, Glamorgan, Penarth, Wales
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £198 per night from 13 Dec to 14 Dec

Situated in the suburbs, this inn is within 3 miles (5 km) of Cardiff International Sports Village, Cardiff Bay and Wales Millennium Centre. Doctor Who Experience ...

3.8/5Good! (38 reviews)
In search of breakfast.

"This is a modest, small place. Not really a hotel at all - more a case of Pub with Rooms. We were shocked when we asked, "What time do you serve breakfasts?" A reasonable question? "We don't do breakfast!" was the reply. The (friendly) manager waved her hand vaguely out of the window and told us ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2020

Cefn Mably Hotel
Restaurant James Sommerin
Restaurant James Sommerin
5 out of 5
The Esplanade, Penarth, Wales
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Situated in Penarth, this luxury hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Cardiff Bay and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Wales Millennium Centre. Doctor Who Experience and Norwegian ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (19 reviews)
Weekend treat

"Was a nice weekend treat but it just lacked the ‘wow’ factor that you get with other high end establishments. It was expensive for what you get."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Restaurant James Sommerin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Penarth

Luxury Living
Luxury Living
4 out of 5
18 Augusta Road, Penarth, Wales

Located in the heart of Penarth, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Cardiff Bay, Doctor Who Experience and Norwegian Church. National Assembly for ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Beautiful property wish we could have stayed longer!!!"…"

Reviewed on 29 May 2019

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Town Apartments
Town Apartments
3.5 out of 5
88 Salop Street, Flat 1, Penarth, Wales

Located in the heart of Penarth, this apartment building is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Cardiff Bay and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Wales Millennium Centre. Doctor Who Experience ...

3/5 (3 reviews)

"We received an email a week before we were going stsy there, saying it was closed for refurbishment!!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2019

Town Apartments
Large Victorian Terraced House, Close to Shops and Restaurants
Large Victorian Terraced House, Close to Shops and Restaurants
78 Windsor Rd, Penarth, WLS

Situated in Penarth, this holiday home is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Cardiff Bay and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Wales Millennium Centre. Doctor Who Experience and Norwegian ...

Large Victorian Terraced House, Close to Shops and Restaurants
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Penarth

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11 Dec 2019

It is a lovely Victorian sea side town with good local shops and a very good train service to Cardiff. Also has lovely walks along cliff top and around Cosmeston Lake and country Park.

4/5 - Good

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2 Sep 2019

Lovely place to visit.

4/5 - Good

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18 Mar 2019

Unspoilt sea front with charming pier. Wide beach and lovely coastal path.

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