"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"


Penarth is a town in the Vale of Glamorgan (Welsh: Bro Morgannwg), Wales, 5.2 miles (8.4 km) south west from the city centre of the Welsh capital city of Cardiff and lying on the north shore of the Severn Estuary at the southern end of Cardiff Bay. Penarth is the wealthiest seaside resort in the Cardiff Urban Area, and the second largest town in the Vale of Glamorgan, next only to the administrative centre of Barry.

During the Victorian era Penarth was a highly popular holiday destination, promoted nationally as "The Garden by the Sea" and was packed by visitors from the Midlands and the West Country as well as day trippers from the South Wales valleys, mostly arriving by train. Today the town, with its traditional seafront, continues to be a regular summer holiday destination (predominantly for older visitors), but their numbers are much lower than was common from Victorian times until the 1960s, when cheap overseas package holidays were introduced.

Although the number of holiday visitors has greatly declined, the town retains a substantial retired population, representing over 25% of residents, but Penarth is now predominantly a dormitory town for Cardiff commuters. The town’s population was recorded as 20,396 in the United Kingdom Census 2001.

The town retains extensive surviving Victorian and Edwardian architecture in many traditional parts of the town, and house prices are usually significantly higher than similar properties in nearby Cardiff.

Local authority: Vale of Glamorgan Council

OS Grid Reference: ST187707

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Things to see and do in and around Penarth

  • Turner House Gallery
  • Cosmeston Medieval Village
  • Cosmeston Lakes Country Park
  • Penarth Leisure Centre
  • Cardiff International White Water
  • Cardiff International Pool
  • Planet Ice Cardiff
  • Techniquest
  • Zone Playcentre
  • Cardiff Spy Mission Treasure Trail
  • Wales Millennium Centre
  • Doctor Who Experience
  • Coconuts Play Centre
  • Parc
  • Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre
  • Laser Quest Cardiff
  • The Cardiff Story Museum
  • Welch Regiment Museum
  • Regimental Museum of Dragoon Guards
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Adamsdown Play Centre
  • National Museum Cardiff
  • Jungle Jacks
  • Pebbles Soft Play Area
  • Boulders Climbing Centre
  • Jazzy Jungle
  • Ants Inya Pants Play Centre

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre
Penarth Pier
The Esplanade
CF64 3AU

Phone 029 2070 8849
Email penarthtic@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

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