Penarth & Cosmeston Country Park & Medieval Village
Just a few miles west of Cardiff , Penarth has been a magnet for holiday makers and day visitors for more than a century. Its Victorian and Edwardian founders created a resort of great elegance and beauty and their legacy is an attractive, bustling town of charm and character. With its superb parks, beautiful seafront gardens, Esplanade and Pier, Penarth is justifiably known as the Garden By The Sea.
Overlooking the Esplanade are the impressive Italian Gardens, while Windsor Gardens and Alexandra Park offer an inviting combination of winding pathways, quiet corners and landscaped areas.
From the Esplanade an attractive coastal path leads out to Lavernock Point. It was from here in 1897 that Marconi sent the first radio transmission over water to Flat Holm Island and a plaque recording this historic event is set in the boundary wall of nearby Lavernock Church.
Cosmeston Country Park and Medieval Village
Less than a mile away is the stunning tranquillity of Cosmeston Country Park. The park contains more than 200 acres of lakes, woodland walks and natural beauty, open to the public all year round, with a vast variety of flora and fauna and migrating wildlife en route to sunnier climates. You will find exotic trees and mossy wetlands teeming with life, beautiful tiny wildflowers, quiet secluded corners and wide open pastures.
Cosmeston Medieval Village is one of the most exciting heritage projects in South Wales and provides an enthralling glimpse into 14th century life. Visitors can wander among the authentically reconstructed buildings and gardens while costumed tour guides work the land and look after livestock breeds from the Middle Ages.