I love piers. Perhaps it is the combination of two of my fascinations, the sea and the Victorians, that attracts me. They seem to be a throw back from a by-gone age.
We are very fortunate in South Wales to have such a wonderful example. In common with so many piers, it has had a chequered past. Penarth pier was opened in 1895, has became run down and then refurbished several times, has been destroyed by fire and has even had a merchant ship crash into it. It has had many periods of neglect and has re-invented itself many times. Yet there it is, resplendent in its £4.2 million make over, admired and enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. There’s a lesson somewhere in that for all of us!
Penarth pier is one of our favorite places to visit and holds many happy memories for me. Of course, you have to have a welsh cake and a cup of tea when you are there!
More on Penarth Pier
I would love to start finding out more about some of the things that I take for granted in my local area as part of the transition that my life is going through right now. If, like me, you’d like to find out more about the history of this lovely place you can do so here. Why not pick something in your area and find out a bit more about it? I’ve got some fascinating facts to share with my kids next time we visit and it enhances the sense of history for me. I wonder how many other ladies have enjoyed a welsh cake on Penarth pier over the last 120 years? If you are visiting the south Wales area do stop off for an hour at the pier. You’ll be glad you did!