Penarth Beach

Penarth is a popular resort just to the south of Cardiff. The beach here is mostly pebbles, but towards the sea it becomes increasingly sandy, with plenty of exposed sand at low tide.

Due to the proximity of various river estuaries, there are strong currents and the water is often a murky brown with silt. Despite this, swimming is quite popular here, although we would advise caution before you throw yourself in.
The beach is also popular for walking and there is a chance of finding fossils along the way.

From the beach there are views across the Bristol Channel towards Weston-super-Mare.  The islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm are visible from the beach. 

Penarth Beach is backed by an esplanade, along which there are parking spaces, some restaurants, toilets and an attractive-looking pier. The pier underwent a multi-million pound restoration project in recent years and is now home to a small cinema theatre and thriving cafe. 

The beach is accessed via either stairs or a slipway. On the pier there is a large pavilion, as well as a few cafes. It is a popular place for fishing.

Penarth railway station is about 500 meters from the pier, through Alexandra Gardens. The town centre, with plenty of shops and places to eat and drink is a little further along the road. It was originally built as a resort town, but today most of the residents are commuters to nearby Cardiff.

Type of beach

Sand & pebble

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dog ban in force

Dogs are banned.

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  • Good fishing


  • Pier

Nearest town



CF64 3BA

OS grid ref.

ST 1894 7119


There is limited parking at Lavernock Point. and in summer parking is available at St Mary's Well Bay. In winter it is roadside parking only.

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