Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Medieval Village
Opened in 1978 Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is one of the finest country parks in South Wales and designated a Local Nature Reserve in 2013.
Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is open all year round for visitors to discover over 100 hectares of lakes, reed beds, woodlands and meadows. There is always something to see or do no matter what time of year you visit it’s a perfect family day out. Set within Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is Cosmeston Medieval Village this heritage attraction is unique in Britain. Step back in time and enter a superbly reconstructed 14th century village. Entry to Cosmeston Medieval Village and small museum is free from 10am - 12 mid-day after which self guide audio wands and guided tours are available by a costumed villager in character. During your visit you may recognise some of the sights from the BBC's TV series 'Merlin' and Dr Who as many scenes were filmed at Cosmeston Medieval Village.
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Travel and directions
Cosmeston Lakes are situated about five miles west of Cardiff. The main entrance is 1.5 miles south of Penarth town centre on the B4267 Lavernock Road to Sully. CF645UY
Large free car park with disabled spaces and coach bay.
Bus and Rail
Cardiff Bus operates a regular service past the main entrance to the Country Park (Tel: 08712002233) the nearest rail station is at Penarth, approx 1.5 miles. Tel: 08457 484950 for rail information.
If you're planning a visit to Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Medieval Village, do check the weather conditions for the next few days. This PDF map of Cosmeston Lakes Country Park shows the layout of the park or view a Medieval village map
The visitor centre has a gift shop, toilets with nappy changing facility and free wheel chair hire. Nature trail and orienteering maps can also be hired from the desk.
Large cafe with patio area enjoying wonderful views across the lake. The cafe serves breakfast, light bites, lunches, ice creams and much more. Open daily 9.00am to 5.00pm (with extended opening hours during the summer months) The cafe is run and managed by Caterleisure Group.
The Medieval Village is wheelchair friendly and open 7 days per week. Free of charge to wander at your leisure from 10am until 12 mid-day.
From mid-day, only Guided Tours are available at 12.00pm, 1.30pm and 3:00pm (adult) £5.00 (child and concession) £3.50. Children under five, free of charge.
Self-guide audio wands are available throughout the day 10.00am to 5.00pm April to September (last entry at 4.00pm) and 10.00am to 4.00pm October to March (last entry at 3.00pm) (adult) £5.00 (child/concession) £3.50.
The Medieval Village closes on December 24, 25, 26 and January 1
The lake can only be hired by water sport clubs and model boat clubs registered with the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Contact the Visitor Centre to register a club or make a booking to hire the lake. Please view the Lake Conditions of use
Please note: Fishing or swimming are not permitted at Cosmeston lakes.
Horse riding is permitted along the mile road bridle way, however, if you wish to ride on the main paths round the East and West lakes you will have to purchase a permit at £20 per year available from the visitor centre. Please view the horse-riding conditions of use and map showing permitted areas to ride.
Please ensure dogs are kept under control and on leads in the car park area and around the east lake. It is currently an offence for dog owners not to remove any faeces deposited by their dog. This legislation relates to most of the land within the Vale of Glamorgan to which the public has access. The offence is punishable by payment of a fixed penalty fine or by summons under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.
Barbecues and Picnics
Three small BBQ units catering for up to 30 people and a larger BBQ catering for up to 100 people. There are picnic tables and benches found throughout the country park for your use, please ensure disposable BBQ units are not placed on the tables.
Charges: £19 small BBQ, £36 large BBQ, plus £20 deposit.
Contact the Visitor Centre to make your booking.
Feeding the birds
Feeding bread to the birds has little nutritional value and is no substitute for the proper diet that the birds themselves will seek out. We don't want to stop people from feeding the ducks and swans but they should consider buying properly balanced food which is available at the Visitor Centre. Please visit our Park News page to find out more about feeding the birds.
An adventure playground, located on the opposite side of the lake from the car park, has a range of climbing equipment, swings, slides and a boat. Dogs are not permitted within the adventure playground.
Bicycles are welcome, please try and keep to the gravel footpaths. Bicycles are not permitted on the boardwalks.
For the keen bird watchers, a bird hide can be found overlooking the quieter western lake. Access to the bird hide is via steps leading from the main path just north of the bridge. The hide is open 24hrs free of charge.
Drones and radio controlled aircraft
Not permitted to be used on any of our sites for safety reasons.
Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Medieval Village