|Penarth has been called the garden by the sea,owing to the floral displays along the esplanade, and is one of the last resorts in South Wales which still has a Victorian pier, where you will find toilets, and refreshments.
Built in 1894 the famous 658ft long pier has been restored and refurbished, and is a regular port of call during the summer months for the cruise ship Balmoral, and also the Waverley the last sea going paddle steamer in the world.
The town of Penarth still retains an air of Victorian style with its elegant buildings. It has a good selection of shops and a park.
The esplanade is ideal for a stroll, or for the more energetic, a coastal path leads to Lavernock Point, an important site in the history of communication.
It was from here in 1897 that Marconi sent the first radio transmission across the water to Flat Holm a nearby island.
Car parking on the seafront is not too good especially on weekends. The pier is popular with local anglers
|Leave the M4 at Jct 33 onto the dual carriageway following signs for Barry / Penarth. Leave on the 3rd exit signposted Penarth then town centre.
However, before reaching Penarth look out for the brown signs for the Marina as it is a good point to see and walk along the Cardiff Bay barrage which is a major construction.
Started in 1994 and which took 5yrs to complete.
|Fishing from the pier|
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