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

Private Spa with steam room, sauna and hot tub in this stunning  beachfront 3 bedroom House
Private Spa with steam room, sauna and hot tub in this stunning beachfront 3 bedroom House
4 Balmoral Quays, Penarth, WLS
The price is £80,485 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Situated in Penarth, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Cardiff Bay, Doctor Who Experience and Wales Millennium Centre. Cosmeston Lakes Country Park ...
Private Spa with steam room, sauna and hot tub in this stunning beachfront 3 bedroom House
Restaurant James Sommerin
Restaurant James Sommerin
5 out of 5
The Esplanade, Penarth, Wales
Situated in Penarth, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Cardiff Bay, Doctor Who Experience and Wales Millennium Centre. Cosmeston Lakes Country Park ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (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
Holm House Hotel
Holm House Hotel
4 out of 5
Marine Parade, Penarth, Wales
Situated in Penarth, this romantic hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Cardiff Bay and Doctor Who Experience. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (46 reviews)
"Easy and contactless"

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2020

Holm House Hotel
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.
Penarth (Cardiff) Centre - Private Terrace! Great Value Premium Accommodation!
Penarth (Cardiff) Centre - Private Terrace! Great Value Premium Accommodation!
88 Salop Street, 4, Llys-Dol-MY, Penarth, WLS
The price is £144 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
Situated in Penarth, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Cardiff Bay, Doctor Who Experience and Wales Millennium Centre. Cosmeston Lakes Country ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Exceptionally clean and comfy!
"Such a lovely apartment, we couldn't have asked for anything better. Exceptionally clean and comfy. Even supplied some essentials for breakfast and a pint of milk for a cuppa cha!"

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2021

Penarth (Cardiff) Centre - Private Terrace! Great Value Premium Accommodation!
Private Spa with steam room, sauna and hot tub in this stunning  beachfront 3 bedroom House
Private Spa with steam room, sauna and hot tub in this stunning beachfront 3 bedroom House
4 Balmoral Quays, Penarth, WLS
The price is £80,485 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Situated in Penarth, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Cardiff Bay, Doctor Who Experience and Wales Millennium Centre. Cosmeston Lakes Country Park ...
Private Spa with steam room, sauna and hot tub in this stunning beachfront 3 bedroom House
Modern, Warm and Cosy Welsh Retreat
Modern, Warm and Cosy Welsh Retreat
Old Farm Mews, Ty Seren, Penarth, WLS
Located in Dinas Powys, this holiday home is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Cardiff International Sports Village and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Cardiff Bay. Cosmeston Lakes ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Dinas
"Caroline and Steve’s home in Dinas Powys is super. Great location. I love the village , people so friendly . They are fabulous hosts , so welcoming , easy to correspond with , made us feel at home… Will definitely be returning …5 stars thanks Caroline and Steve"

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2021

Modern, Warm and Cosy Welsh Retreat
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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