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The garden by the sea�

Perched on the South Wales coast just below Cardiff, Penarth is a well-heeled seaside town. With its lush parks and gardens, pebbly beach, arcade shops and smart promenade, it's a delightful place to relax. No wonder the Victorians called it the 'garden by the sea'. Its most prominent feature is the ornate Victorian pier and art deco pavilion, now restored to its former glory.

Travel back to 14th-century Wales

See, touch and smell a very different Wales to the one we know today at Cosmeston Medieval Village. Set in 1350, it's home to an authentic baker's cottage, tithe barn and herbalist hovel. The village is set within Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, a wonderful haven for wildlife such as hares, voles, red admiral butterflies and glow worms.

Walk across the Cardiff Bay barrage

If you want to stretch your legs, you can't beat the walk from Penarth to Cardiff Bay across the barrage. It's an amazing feat of engineering, and the coastal path is full of surprises - wetlands and an outdoor gym among them. In the Bay you can go white-water rafting, visit the Doctor Who Experience or enjoy a drink on the quay. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Penarth? Travelodge Cardiff Atlantic Wharf is around 2 miles from the town, in the Bay. Travelodge Cardiff Central is also close by, with the city's attractions right on your doorstep.