Living in Penarth

Penarth essentials

Facilities & Services: hospital, police & schools

Nearest Hospital

University Hospital Llandough

Location: Penlan Road , Penarth , CF64 2XX

Local Police Station

Barry Police Station

Location: Gladstone Road , Barry , CF63 1TD
Open from 8am until midnight, 7 days a week.


Westbourne School - Nursery and Junior School

Location: Victoria Road , Penarth , CF64 3EF

Westbourne School - Senior School and Sixth Form

Location: Hickman Road , Penarth , CF64 2AJ

Cogan Primary School

Location: Pill Street , Penarth , CF64 2JS

Evenlode Primary School

Location: Evenlode Primary School , Penarth

Fairfield Primary School

Location: Fairfield Primary School , Penarth

Ysgol y Deri

Location: Sully Rd , Penarth , CF64 2XP
This is a special education needs facility, replacing Ashgrove School, Ysgol Erw’r Delyn and Ysgol Maes Dyfan. It stands on the grounds of St Cyres School.

Ysgol Stanwell School

Location: Archer Road , Penarth , CF64 2XL

Getting around Penarth


The Cardiff Aquabus is a waterbus operated by Cardiff CATS and Aquabus, and provides commuter and leisure services from Penarth, across Cardiff Bay and up the River Taff into Cardiff City Centre.

Cycle / Walk

The Pont y Werin Bridge over the River Ely is a pedestrian and cycle bridge that links Penarth to the Cardiff International Sports Village.

Bus - Cardiff Bus

Penarth bus services are provided by both Cardiff Bus and First Group. Cardiff Bus runs routes 92, 93 and 94 from Cardiff City Centre, through Penarth to Barry and back again, every fifteen minutes or so during the day.

Bus - Vale of Glamorgan

Rail - Penarth Station

Penarth Station is the terminus of the Penarth branch line from Cardiff Central station. Arriva Trains Wales runs services up into Cardiff and beyond three or four times an hour.

What's on in Penarth


Penarth Pier & Pavilion

Location: Penarth Pier Pavilion , The Esplanade , Penarth , CF64 3AU
Penarth Pier first opened in 1895, and the famous art deco pavilion was added in 1929. The £3.9 million Penarth Pavilion Project has been reclaiming the Grade-II listed building and completing extensive refurbishments to create a cinema, café, observatory and sustainable, multi-purposes community complex. Its grand reopening is scheduled for November 2013.

Alexandra Park

Location: Alexandra Park , Penarth
There are many gorgeous gardens in Penarth – it wasn’t called called ‘the Garden by the Sea’ for nothing! A pleasant walk from the centre of town down to the seafront takes you through Alexandra Park, named after the wife of King Edward VII and opened to the public by Lord Windsor in 1902. The gardens were restored in 2012, but still preserve some the park’s original features. For further info, and the histories of all Penarth’s parks, see the Penarth Parks website.


Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Medieval Village

Location: Cosmeston Lakes Country Park , Penarth
Opened to the public in 1978, the park has reclaimed the site of two former quarries, turning them into the lovely lakes we see today. The lakes are a Site of Special Scientific Interest for their rare plants. The park also houses the living museum of a village rebuilt by archaeologists to show what it looked like in 1350. It’s been praised as the best representation of a medieval village in Britain, so unsurprisingly, it’s often used as a film and TV location! Guided tours of the village are available, and special re-enactments are staged throughout the year.

Penarth Leisure Centre

Location: Andrew Rd , Penarth , CF64 2NS

Picnic Penarth

Location: Windsor Road , Penarth
Picnic Penarth is an annual event showcasing the very best of local street food providers with a helping of family entertainment on the side. For the 2019 Picnic, organisers were delighted to welcome back a host of lip-smacking traders from previous events, along with mouth-watering new faces and many of much -loved local businesses. Visitors can also enjoy live music performances throughout the day on the Open Mic stage.

Eat in Penarth


Location: 14 WINDSOR ROAD , Penarth , CF64 1JH
For a taste of Spanish sunshine, head to Bar44 on Windsor Road. A favourite with locals and visitors alike, Bar44 offers an astonishing range of tapas dishes and a full complement of Spanish wines. The specials menu changes daily, so don’t just visit once. Their deli counter also stocks the artisan cheeses, cured meats and other treats that go into their food.


The Old Custom House

Location: Penarth Marina , CF64 1TT
There are two restaurants in The Old Custom House. El Puerto’s open kitchen forms the centrepiece of their brasserie. Meanwhile, on the second floor, La Marina offers stunning views over Cardiff Bay – particularly impressive at night – and includes a large fish counter with specialties on display. Sample menus are available on request, as their produce chances depending on the seasons.

The Busy Teapot

Location: 27 Glebe Street , Penarth , CF64 1EE
A much-loved local greasy spoon, the Busy Teapot on Glebe Street offers breakfasts and lunches and a friendly, unfussy atmosphere. We hear the pies are particularly good.


Location: 21 Glebe Street , Penarth , CF64 1EE
Rated number 1 on Tripadvisor in Penarth, Keyif became one of the locals’ favourites shortly after it opened its door. Offering Turkish Mediterranean Cuisine, you can find popular Mediterranean treats such as hummus, falafel and tabbouleh on the menu as well as a large selection from the grill. Vegetarian and Vegan menus are also available.

Restaurant James Sommerin

Location: The Esplanade , Penarth , CF64 3AU
The multi award winning Restaurant James Sommerin is one of the seven restaurants in Wales that have been awarded Michelin stars in 2019. If you would like a first hand experience in fine dining, Chef’s Table offers a 14 course menu right at the heart of the kitchen where the dishes are created right in front of you.

Pizza Pronto

Location: The Kiosk , Stanwell Road , Penarth , CF64 3EU
A pizza “Pop Up” with a permanent location by Penarth Station. Pizza Pronto is open from Thursday to Saturday until 1:30AM feeding hungry and hungover people on their way home. If you pay £1 extra for your order, Pizza Pronto will feed a homeless person on your behalf.

CPS Homes Guide to living in Penarth

During the Victorian and Edwardian eras, Penarth was known as ‘The Garden by the Sea’, and its picture-perfect seafront and landscaped public parks were huge draws for holidaymakers.

Penarth Cardiff

With its esplanade, beach and many lovely landscaped parks, Penarth remains a lovely resort town with a great community spirit. Its conservation areas still boast beautiful period architecture, making it one of the most desirable places to live in South Wales. Just five miles to the south of Cardiff, it has excellent transport links with the capital while preserving its tranquil seaside atmosphere. A popular commuter town for Cardiff, the majority of Penarth residents are families – or are taking the sea air in their retirement.

Penarth’s history is centred on the sea and trade links – 4.5 million tons of coal used to leave Penarth Docks every year. These days the docks have been developed into Penarth Marina, complete with restaurants and events including the Penarth Yacht Club Regatta and the International Festival of Food and Drink. During the autumns, the PS Waverley can be seen continuing the grand Victorian tradition of paddle-steamer trips across the Bristol Channel.

Penarth is home to a whole host of sports and recreation clubs and societies, including cricket, rugby, football, tennis, hockey, amateur boxing, bowls, sea cadets and the very specific Nantgarw tradition of Morris dancing. On a related note, the South Wales Comedy Writers’ Society is based in Penarth.

CPS Homes last edited this page on 22/10/2019. All details listed were correct at the time of publishing. Reviewed every six months.