Cosmeston Lakes
    & Country Park
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.
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. 
There is a large  car park which is free, (but make sure you lock your car, and hide or take valuables with you) Entry to the country park is free ,except the medieval village. There is also a childrens playground on the far side of the lake.
Medieval Village
There is a visitor centre, (pictured left) 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.
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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. Charges: Free entry. Medieval Village; Adults £3.50, Children/OAP's £2 OAPs Family £8. Disabled: Parking spaces and toilets. Ramp access to visitor centre and café. The village itself and reconstructed buildings are accessible for wheelchairs with assistance available.