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Comprising almost 250 acres of country walks, woodland and lakes, Cosmeston Lakes Country Park makes for a fabulous day out whatever you feel like doing. Approximately 7 miles away from Cardiff, open all year round and with free access, the Park is extremely popular with visitors at any time of year.

If you’re a nature lover then look no further. Some parts of the Country Park are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest due to the rarity of their resident plant and animal species. Because of the flat and even paths that network the Park, a glimpse at the flora and fauna is available to people of all abilities.

The 12 hectares of lakes, formed from open quarries, boast a spectacular array of waterfowl from mute swans and the great crested grebe to mallards and other duck breeds. Why not take a picnic with you and relax and observe these wonderful creatures?

If you’re after a bit of history, the Country Park plays host to Cosmeston Medieval Village. During the development of the park in 1978 excavation work was undertaken and revealed remarkable 13th-14th Century stone buildings. This archaeological delight led to the commission of a long-term research project and because of this funding, archaeologists were able to undergo unusually extensive recovery of the 600 year old remains. The impressive reconstruction of a 1350s medieval village that is frequented by many visitors today is the direct result of this.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, the café on the Visitor Centre site serves a selection of hot and cold beverages. And if you want to get stuck in to the outdoors further, the Centre offers comprehensive maps of the Park’s bridleways and footpaths. You can also find information on where the best bird-hides are for those avid bird-watchers among you.


Lavernock Rd, Penarth CF64 5UY.

Tel: 029 2070 1678

Opening Times: All Year round – please see website for details.