Penarth is only a short drive from Cardiff but I've never been before which is pretty astonishing.I always visit Barry Island if I want a little faded seaside glamour. Built in 1894, and opened a year later, the 658-foot-long Penarth Pier is is one of only two surviving pleasure piers in south Wales, the other being Mumbles.The Penarth Pier Pavilion has been recently restored and has a cinema, exhibition space, cafe, bar and restaurant and meeting spaces. It really is very charming.
On the pier you get wonderful views of Cardiff and the barrage, Flat Holm Island and the Bristol Channel. There were lots of people fishing at the end of the pier and couples and families enjoying a stroll. It was voted Pier of the Year by the National Piers Society in 2014.
The pier appeared in the Torchwood episode To the Last Man, Tosh and Tommy share a brief moment on Penarth Pier, built in 1894, the same year that Tommy was born. Nice little fact for any Whovians like me out there.
I'm really happy with how these photos turned out. I went there at just the right time of day to get the prettiest pink sky and wondeful light. The afternoon out wasn't really planned, was cheap as chips (literally) and it was perfect. All you need for a good day out is great company and a nice view.