You need to be fit to live in Penarth, since it's all up and down. The town centre is at the top of the hill, and there is a steep descent from there to the promenade in one direction and the Cardiff Bay Barrage in the other. The nicest route down to the seafront is via Alexandra Park, a steeply sloping Edwardian park with an aviary and a bandstand. The promenade is quiet and unspoilt, with a pier and 1930s pavilion offering views across the Bristol Channel. Another pleasant green space open to the public can be found in the grounds of The Kymin, one of the oldest buildings in Penarth, built between 1790 and 1810. The area formerly occupied by docks in the 19th century is now a marina, and the entrance to the barrage is nearby, from where you can walk across to Cardiff Bay, enjoying views out to sea on one side and across the bay to the Wales Millennium Centre and other attractions on the other side.
Penarth got into the news recently when an extraordinary discovery was made by two brothers on Lavernock Beach to the south of Penarth: a 200 million years old fossil of a cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex. The find is believed to be the earliest specimen of a Jurassic era dinosaur to be found in the world. The creature is described as a meat-eating, fierce hunter that walked on two legs with a fuzzy body.
Map of the area.