Built in 1894, and opened a year later, the
658-foot-long Penarth Pier is reminiscent of more gentle times and
is one of only two surviving pleasure piers in south Wales, the
other being Mumbles.
In 1907 a wooden pavilion was built at the seaward end that
became a dance hall. In 1929 the existing pavilion entrance was
Tragically, a large portion of the structure was destroyed by
fire in August 1931. A dramatic rescue ensued until the fire burnt
out. 35 years later, on 20 August 1966, the White Funnel paddler
'Bristol Queen' hit the pier.
The pier is still as popular as ever with visitors, and in the
summer months is a regular port of call for the cruise ships
Balmoral. The Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in
Penarth Pier Pavilion Project
is currently underway to restore the Grade II listed building to
its original art deco majesty, bringing about an exciting future
for this much-loved landmark. The £4m project will take
just over a year to complete and the new facilities will include a
cinema, exhibition spaces, bar and a restaurant. Watch this space
for further news!
The pier is open from 9am all year round. During summer months
it closes at 9pm each day and in winter months it closes at 5pm.
April - October 2013 opening times: 9am - 9pm daily.
Penarth Pier Plaques Scheme
If the pier holds special memories for you, then you may be
interested in the Penarth Pier plaques scheme.
Fishing on the Pier
Fishing is permitted at the end of the pier during opening
hours (except during June, July and August). Permits are not
required and there is no charge to fish on the pier.
For more information about Penarth
Pier please call Penarth Pier Master
on 07973 481158 or Vale of Glamorgan Tourism
on 01446 704867.
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