5 Fun Historical Outings around Penarth and Barry

South Wales is full of historical locations. Why not go on an adventure through time in Penarth and Barry with a senior?

Staying active through your older years are very important but doesn’t have to be boring. Taking a walk through time can be a great way to reminisce, learn something new and have some fun. In Penarth and Barry we are lucky to have many historical outings so close by to visit with your elderly relative or friend. These are some of our recommendations.

1. Cosmeston Medieval Village

Close to Cosmeston Lakes in Penarth you will find Cosmeston Medieval Village. During the development of the lakes in the 70’s, excavations uncovered the remains of a community over 600 years old. From then a project has been going to restore the village of Cosmeston. From the village building, reconstruction and guided tours there is plenty on offer.

The village is open 7 days a week and is wheelchair friendly. It is free of charge to enter and look around the buildings and grounds. There are also toilets located near the entrance. Parking is a Pay and Display car park located at Cosmeston Lakes which is only a few minutes’ walk away.

2. Fonman Castle

On the outskirts of Barry you will find Fonman Castle with plenty of historical information to battle your way through. No visit to Fonmon is really complete without seeing the castle itself. A family home for over 800 years and one of the last residential castle of Wales. All ages can enjoy its rich history, beautiful architecture and antique collection of objects.

You can take a walk around the beautiful grounds with a variety of routes. The first route is flat and easy walk which loops around on itself. With the other walks getting through the woodland so the floor can be uneven with a few hills. Parking is available on site.

3. Barry War Museum

Also in Barry located in Barry Island Station is Barry War Museum. This museum is run by the Barry at War Group aiming to help research, preserve and promote the wartime history of the town and surrounding area. The museum provides an authentic Wartime Experience which simulates life on the Western Front to a genuine WW2 Anderson shelter. It is worth popping in to take a step back in time to enjoy this little gem.

Admission in the museum is free however donation are welcome. There are Pay and Display car parks nearby as well as a being close to Barry Island promenade for a gentle stroll, bite to eat or use toilet facilities.

4. South Wales Aviation Museum

About a 15 minute drive outside of Barry you will come across the South Wales Aviation Museum which is a great place to visit for any who is a planespotter or loves learning more about aircrafts. There is a small entrance free which help to keep the museum up and running. There are also annual passes if you want to keep visiting throughout the year. They really encourage visitors to interact with the aircraft and exhibits that they have to offer. This helps to give you a fully immersive experience.

There is also a gift shop and onsite café to be able to stop for some refreshments during your visit. Plenty of parking in available on site and toilets located on the ground floor.

5. Penarth War Memorial

Situated in Alexandra Gardens in Penarth you will find Penarth’s War Memorial. This impressive structure Commemorations from the First World War through to the Second World War are marked on the memorial. You can take a stroll through the gardens while taking some time to remember those that have served for our country.

There is plenty of history to be experienced in Penarth and Barry which could keep you busy all year around. Why not take your first step today with some on our list and see what other interesting places are around you.

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