THE Waverley is returning to Penarth to celebrate a special anniversary year.

This year marks the 70th year since the Waverley's maiden voyage.

Named after Sir Walter Scott’s first novel, the ship was built for the London and North Eastern Railway to replace the paddle steamer, HMS Waverley, which was sunk on May 29, 1940, whilst evacuating troops from Dunkirk.

Launched on October 2, 1946, from the former A and J Inglis yard in Glasgow, she was later towed to Greenock where her triple expansion engines were fitted by Rankin and Blackmore.

These have now become one of the ship’s major attractions.

Sailing from Penarth Pier from Saturday, September 2 to Tuesday, September 5, you can visit Ilfracombe in Devon or Lundy Island.

Alternatively you can take a steam train trip and visit Minehead, cruise the Holm Islands or cruise the Exmoor Coast.

Ross Cochrane, Waverley’s captain said: “I am proud to be at the helm of this beautiful historic ship in this special year.

"Paddle Steamers have sailed on the Bristol Channel since the 1800s and Waverley continues this tradition more than 200 years later.

"We are very much looking forward to bringing Waverley to Penarth and welcoming passengers aboard - tickets are already selling fast so make sure you book in advance to guarantee your place.”

Onboard facilities include a restaurant, two bars, heated lounges and a souvenir shop.

Prices start at £29 for adults, half fare for children under-18 and under-5s travel free.

If you book tickets before March 31, you'll pay 2016 prices.

To book tickets or for more information visit

You can also book tickets by calling 0845 130 4647.