Cosmeston Lakes Country Park & Medieval Village



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Opened in 1978 Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is one of the finest country parks in South Wales and was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 2013. Cosmeston Lakes 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. Set within Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is Cosmeston Medieval Village, an abandoned and now reconstructed 14th-century village. Take a guided tour with a costumed villager in character and learn more about medieval times.

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park & Medieval Village
Lavernock Road,PENARTH,CF64 5UY


  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Access ramps & wheelchair hire
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily 11-5 summer, 11-4 winter. Closed 25 Dec. Country park open at all times

About the area

Discover Vale of Glamorgan

Stretching 14 miles on the coastline of south Wales, Glamorgan Heritage Coast was one of Britain’s first designated heritage coastlines. The project, launched in 1973, covers a 14-mile stretch of coastline incorporating Porthcawl (in neighbouring Bridgend), Dunraven Park, Monknash Coast, St Donats, Summerhouse Point and the cheerful beach holiday resort of Barry Island. 

Featuring striking coastal countryside and lush green hills, the aim is to conserve the ‘unique character of its landscape and habitats’ for future generations.

Inland from here, tucked beneath the M4 and with Cardiff looming to the east, is the Vale of Glamorgan county borough – mostly known as The Vale. It’s a primarily rural and agricultural area and in 2003 – perhaps partly helped by its proximity to Cardiff – was determined to be the wealthiest area in Wales. Its main town is Barry, most famously the setting for the TV sitcom Gavin & Stacey. It’s still a popular seaside town, as is the Victorian resort of Penarth, further up the coast.

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