Cosmeston Lakes Country Park & Medieval Village
At Cosmeston Lakes Country park you will find over 90ha of lakes, woodlands and meadows open to the public all the year round. A place you can relax, walk and take a closer look at nature.
The park was formerly a Limestone quarry, when quarrying ceased in 1970, under ground springs flooded parts of the area, creating lakes and wet lands. The quarry spoil areas were landscaped and together with the lakes form the main features of the park which you can see today.
Why not take the opportunity to explore the contrasting wildlife areas? Walk along the boardwalk through tall Bulrushes and Reed beds or through a fine broad-leaved woodland seeing a variety of birds, also foxes grey squirrels and many other animals may be seen in their natural habitat.
The remains of this community were discovered and excavated during the 1980's by a team of archaeologists working for the Local Authority who owned the land.
As the excavations progressed it was realised that the site presented a unique opportunity to interpret and bring to life the history of Wales.
The information gathered by the archaeologists was used to plan a program of reconstruction that has made Cosmeston a heritage project unique in Britain.
Now visitors to Cosmeston can see the excavated buildings and gardens re-created, costumed villagers working the land and livestock of the middle ages roaming the paddocks and fields.
You can experience medieval life by taking a tour of the village with a costumed guide. All of these exciting elements work together to make Cosmeston a place to experience.
How to Make The Most of Your Visit
The visitor centre is open every day and provides information about the park and medieval village.
The centre incorporates a gift shop and cafeteria. There is always a Warden in the park to give advice and answer questions, you will recognise the Wardens by their distinctive uniforms.
The Warden service offers a comprehensive educational package to visiting schools and groups.
Other facilities: Free car parking, toilets including disabled, special waymarked dog route, adventure playground and BBQ and picnic sites.(please telephone to reserve your BBQ).
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5 miles west of Cardiff. The main entrance is 1.5 miles south of Penarth town centre on the B4267 Lavernock Road to Sully. Only 15 mins from the M4.
Cosmeston Lakes Country Park & Medieval Village Postcode for SatNav: CF64 5UY