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The local area guide to living in Penarth

Penarth was a popular holiday destination among Victorians, largely due to the fresh sea air and its rich greenery. In its 150 years as a seaport, it’s made its name both as one of the leading areas in coal exportation and as the berth of Britain’s largest paddle steamer.

The Victorian pier and charming seafront have been married with more urban design as the city has evolved, although there are a number of conservation areas – such as St Augustine’s Church, the Yacht Club and the baths on the Esplanade. There are even protected telephone boxes!

One of its biggest attractions is its sizeable marina, as well as a number of cliff top walking routes and coastal paths. There are impressive views of Flat Holm and Steep Holm to be taken in from the coast, while the number of pedestrian and cycle routes offer a great way to explore Penarth itself.

Information about the local residents

Penarth has a population of just over 23,000. Many of these are commuters, thanks to excellent transport links with Cardiff and surrounding areas. Many local job opportunities are in the service sector, and many companies are based along Windsor Road high street.

Penarth is a wealthy area, and has significantly higher property prices than the national average. This is due partially to an older population – the town’s serene seaside setting and charming Georgian houses attract retirees, and approximately one-quarter of residents are retired.

Nearby schools

There are a number of state primary schools in the local area, with schools that teach in both English and Welsh medium. Ysgol Pen-y-Garth teaches in Welsh, while schools such as Cogan County Primary School, Victoria Primary School and Fairfield County Primary school teach primarily in English. There is also a catholic primary school available – St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School.

There is one private school – Westbourne School and Nursery. It takes day pupils between the ages of three and 18 years.

For secondary education, pupils have the option of Stanwell School, which has seen significant investment of late and as such has up-to-date facilities such as science laboratories and media, music and dance facilities. There’s also St Cyres Comprehensive School, which offers the Welsh Baccalaureate programme.

Getting around

There are many convenient transport routes in and out of Penarth. For motorists, the M4 motorway offers a straightforward journey, while those looking for public transport will find frequent train and bus links.

Buses run around the town, to Cardiff and to surrounding areas, and trains can be taken to many Welsh and English cities. London can be reached in approximately two and a half hours. There’s also the waterbus, which runs to Cardiff city and bay.

For international travel, the closest airport is the nearby Cardiff Airport, which operates both national and international flights.

Local shops

While many residents travel to nearby Cardiff, thanks to quick and convenient transport links, there are plenty of options for shopping, eating and entertainment in Penarth itself.

The high street has a mix of chain stores and independent shops, with quaint scenery and a charming atmosphere to enjoy. The coastline is a lovely place to dine al fresco, with a number of cafes and bars in close proximity. The Pier 64 for instance offers contemporary European food with an emphasis as a Steakhouse, and overlooks the marina. For a more informal setting see the Cedar Tree Farm pub, with a kids play area it is ideal for family trips.

For entertainment, there are museums, art galleries and antique shops in Penarth, as well as the country’s oldest golf club. A quick trip to Cardiff will yield theatres, shopping centers and Olympic sports facilities.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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