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Penarth has been a popular destination for holiday makers and day trippers for over a century.

Its Victorian and Edwardian founders created a resort of great elegance and beauty and their legacy is an attractive, bustling town of charm and character. With its superb parks and ornate seafront gardens, Esplanade and Pier, Penarth is justifiably known as the Garden By The Sea.

There is something for everyone to enjoy here – relaxing on the pier or promenade – From Penarth seafront it is only a short uphill walk back to the town centre where you will find a Victorian shopping arcade, a number of unique family-owned stores, as well as the usual popular high street names. Relax and enjoy this beautiful seaside town during your time ashore!.

View map of the departure point

Sailing from: Penarth Pier, The Esplanade, Penarth

Postcode: CF64 3AU

Access: By road -  M4 Junction 33/ A4232 follow signs to Penarth and promenade.

Car parking: On-street parking along The Esplanade, Cliff Hill and residential streets nearby.

Public Transport:  Penarth Railway Station (0.5 mile). Frequent services from Cardiff Queen Street station.

Frequent local bus services. Local bus stop: Lower Penarth, Penarth Pier. Cardiff Bus Services 92, 93 and 94 service this stop from Cardiff and the nearby area.

Please use
http://www.travelinesw.com/ to plan your journey.

Additional local information:  Please do not contact Penarth Pavillion for further information as their management have declined to supply it.

Cardiff Tourist Information Centre. Tel: 029 2087 3573

 

* Special notice: Depending on the state of the tide, gaining access to MV Balmoral may involve negotiating stairs and may not be suitable for disabled passengers. Please contact us on 0117 325 6200 before booking.

    Cruise & explore: Ilfracombe
    Take the classic Bristol Channel excursion to the vibrant and historic North Devon town of Ilfracombe. Sail past Lavernock Point, Sully Island and then across to the view the Exmoor Coast from Foreland Point & Lighthouse before docking at Ilfracombe. While ashore, relax with a harbourside ice cream, afternoon tea or pique your curiosity at the Ilfracombe Museum & Aquarium.
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    Ilfracombe (brief time ashore) & Exmoor Coast cruise
    Sail from Penarth Pier across the Bristol Channel to the North devon resort of Ilfracombe. Get the best of both worlds with just over an hour to explore the picturesque harbour and town centre before boarding Balmoral again for an afternoon trip along the Exmoor Coast: sail past Combe Martin, Woody Bay, Lynton & Lynmouth, the Foreland Point & Lighthouse and towards Porlock Bay before returning.
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    Ilfracombe & coach to Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
    Sail to the North Devon resort town of Ilfracombe before disembarking for inclusive coach to Woody Bay to join this picturesque narrow gauge railway. Steam through the North Devon countryside & support the preservation of an important heritage railway.Take our inclusive coach back to Ilfracombe and re-join Balmoral to sail back to Penarth.
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    Ilfracombe & coach to Arlington Court & Carriage Museum (NT)
    Sail to the North Devon resort town of Ilfracombe before disembarking for inclusive coach to Arlington Court. Explore the beautiful gardens or learn about carriages through the ages at the family-friendly museum. Take our inclusive coach back to Ilfracombe and re-join Balmoral to sail back to Swansea. Please note: Entrance to Arlington Court is not included in the cost of the ticket / entrance is free for National Trust (NT) members.
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    Cruise & explore: Clevedon
    Sail across the Channel to dock at the famous Victorian Pier, gateway to this charming town. Take in far reaching views over the estuary, check out the independent shops or a film in the Curzon Community Cinema & Arts Centre. Please note: this is the option for 3.5 hours ashore. A ticket option for a full day ashore at Clevedon is also available on this day.
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    Cruise & explore: Clevedon [day ashore]
    Sail across the Channel to dock at the famous Victorian Pier, gateway to this charming town. Take in far reaching views over the estuary, check out the independent shops or a film in the Curzon Community Cinema & Arts Centre. Please note: this is the option for a full day ashore. A ticket option for 3.5 hours ashore at Clevedon is also available on this day.
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    Cruise River Severn & Bridges calling at Lydney
    Sail across the bristol Channel to Clevedon before crusing up through Walton Bay, past Nore Point & Lighthouse and the docks at Avonmouth. Continue up the River Severn, under the Old & New Severn Bridges to call at Lydney before returning. A great early cruise, don't forget you can get a full cooked breakfast on board!
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    Cruise Holm Islands & Welsh Heritage Coast
    Sail around the mysterious Flatholm and Steepholm Islands. Learn about their different histories while you are aboard. As time permits, we sail down some of the Welsh Heritage Coast before returning.
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    Cruise & explore: Clevedon
    Sail across the Channel to dock at the famous Victorian Pier, gateway to this charming town. Take in far reaching views over the estuary, check out the independent shops or a film in the Curzon Community Cinema & Arts Centre.
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    Cruise 2 Rivers & 4 Bridges: Avon & Severn
    Cruise across the Channel, up the River Avon, through the Avon Gorge & under Brunel’s iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge on your way to and from Bristol. Sail under the Avonmouth M5 Bridge into the River Severn & under both Severn Bridges, enjoying far-reaching views. A classic afternoon cruise!
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    Cruise River Usk, Transporter Bridge & Holm Islands
    Cruise across the Bristol Channel & around the mysterious Holm Islands plus up the River Usk to view the fascinating Newport Transporter Bridge. Do not miss the chance to see one of the few remaining bridges of this type which is still in use today!
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    Cruise & explore: Clevedon
    Sail across the Channel to dock at the famous Victorian Pier, gateway to this charming town. Take in far reaching views over the estuary, check out the independent shops or a film in the Curzon Community Cinema & Arts Centre.
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    Cruise 3 Rivers & 5 Bridges: Avon, Severn & Wye
    Cruise across the Channel, up the River Avon, through the Avon Gorge & under Brunel’s iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge on your way to and from Bristol. Sail under the Avonmouth M5 Bridge into the River Severn & under both Severn Bridges before squeezing under the motorway bridge to enter the River Wye. A classic afternoon cruise!
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    Cruise & explore: Watchet
    Sail across the Channel to dock at Watchet's lovely small harbour. Visit this pretty quayside town with independent shops, great ice cream & beaches.
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    Watchet & West Somerset Railway [coach return to Clevedon to rejoin ship]
    Board MV Balmoral to cross the Channel and sail along the Somerset Coast to the quaint town of Watchet. Then enjoy a trip on the magnificent West Somerset Railway to Minehead. Passengers take an inclusive coach from Minehead to Clevedon, before rejoining the ship to cross the Channel back to Penarth.
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    Cruise & explore: Clevedon
    Sail across the Channel to dock at the famous Victorian Pier, gateway to this charming town. Take in far reaching views over the estuary, check out the independent shops or a film in the Curzon Community Cinema & Arts Centre.
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    Cruise 2 Rivers & 4 Bridges: Avon & Severn
    Cruise across the Channel, up the River Avon, through the Avon Gorge & under Brunel’s iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge on your way to and from Bristol. Sail under the Avonmouth M5 Bridge into the River Severn & under both Severn, enjoying far reaching views. A classic afternoon cruise!
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    Cruise & explore: Ilfracombe
    Take the classic Bristol Channel excursion to the vibrant and historic North Devon town of Ilfracombe. Sail to Minehead and along the Exmoor Coast before docking at Ilfracombe. While ashore, relax with a harbourside ice cream, afternoon tea or pique your curiosity at the Ilfracombe Museum & Aquarium.
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    Lundy Island & Annual Church Service
    Seize the opportunity for this rare sailing right down the Bristol Channel to the enchanting island of Lundy for time ashore, enjoying spectacular views of the Somerset and Devon coastlines on the way. This trip ties in with the very special annual Lundy Church Service.

    A church service has been arranged annually on Lundy by the coastal steamers Balmoral or Waverley for many years, bringing thousands of people from Wales, and up channel English piers & ports via Ilfracombe.

    Of course it is not compulsory to go to the church service; just going to enjoy the spirituality of Lundy itself is fine.
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    Minehead & West Somerset Railway [coach Minehead - Ilfracombe]
    Board MV Balmoral to sail to the Somerset resort of Minehead. Then enjoy a trip on the longest Steam Heritage Railway in the UK, the magnificent West Somerset Railway. On return, passengers take an inclusive coach from Minehead to Ilfracombe, before rejoining the ship to sail across the Channel back to Penarth.
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