Penarth is a Victorian sea-side town 4 miles southwest of Cardiff in Wales. It has impressive Victorian architecture and known for its pier and extensive parks. It is getting the impression from certain people that its turning into a cafe town. Penarth population is mainly made up of people commuting to local city, Cardiff.
Trains run from Cardiff to Penarth on the 'Valley Lines' every 15 mins between 7am to 8pm Monday to saturday, hourly until 11pm and every two hours on sunday. The travel time is 10 minutes. The rough fare is £3 return.
Buses run every 7 mins from Cardiff Bus station to Penarth town centre (services 92-94), with some then continue to Barry via Dinas Powys or Sully. Return to Cardiff is £3 with the added benfit of being a day rover ticket in Cardiff also. Travel time is about 20 minutes.
There are only three roads into Penarth, of which two are heading into Cardiff. Because of this and lot of the population communting to work, getting out of Penarth quickly between 7am and 9.30am is impossible.
But the best way to arrive is to catch the river cat from Cardiff Bay to the Penarth end of the Bay Barrage. Although you will have to walk up the hill to get to the town centre. If the tide is out, it is possible to walk along the coast to Penarth Esplanade.
Penarth is roughly divided into the Town Centre, the Esplanade and the Marina. All are within walking distance, with hills.
Shopping - It has a good collection of charity shops, unlike Cardiff centre. Also the Windsor Arcade has a collection of local independent shops.
The Olive Tree
Medditearaneo on the Esplanade
The Corner House
The Glendale Hotel, serving a range of italian meals, all of exceptional quality, right next to the Station by the Railway pub.
The Albion, The Railway, The Pilot, The Windsor and The Clive are all orginal in there own right. The local J.D.Weatherspoon pub, The Bears Head, is like any typical 'spoons pub.
Chandlers, The Yacht Club
The Custom House
Penarth does not have many hotels.
PIERSON'S HOTEL - located on the seafront.