Cosmeston was formed from limestone quarries. When worked ceased in the 1980s, underground springs formed the lakes and the surrounding wetlands.
Extensive landscaping has transformed Cosmeston to an area of woodlands and meadows, rich in wildflowers and animals.
There is a visitor centre, (pictured ABOVE) with cafeteria and gift shop. Toilets for the disabled. Dogs are welcome and there is a dog walk around the lakes. Take some bread with you (about one loaf) as there are plenty of swans and ducks.
During excavation in the 1980s remains of a medieval village were discovered, and has been reconstructed.Visitors can tour the village by a costumed guide and experience life as it was in those early days.This heritage attraction is unique in Britain. Step back in time and enter a superbly reconstructed 14th century village. Entry to Cosmeston Medieval Village and small museum is free, however, guided tours are available daily by a costumed villager in character. During your visit you may recognise some of the sights from the BBC's TV series 'Merlin' as many scenes were filmed at Cosmeston Medieval Village.The Medieval Village is open 7 days per week, free of charge to wander at your leisure and wheelchair friendly.
11.00am to 5.00pm April to October (last entry at 4.00pm) and 11.00am to 4.00pm November to March (last entry at 3.00pm)
Location Road: Situated 5 miles west of Cardiff and only 15 mins from the M4 junction 33. The main entrance is on the B4267 Lavernock Road from Sully to Penarth. Bus: Contact Travel Line Wales 0871 200 22 33 for local routes. Rail: Nearest Station – Penarth approximately 3 miles. Tel: 08457 484950 for rail information. Open: 11am to 4pm during the summer and 11am to 3pm in winter. Parking: Large car and coach park. Parking spaces and toilets. Ramp access to visitor centre and café. The village itself and reconstructed buildings are accessible for wheelchairs with assistance available.
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