Barry City Guide

Barry is the largest town in Wales. It is packed full of maritime and industrial history, but most visitors know it best for the seaside resort of Barry Island that sits at its southern tip. Barry is far from being all beach, beach, beach, but, if its sand, fun and amusements you seek, it can provide it by the bucketful!

Barry is located just 5 miles west of Cardiff Airport in the Vale of Glamorgan. You can almost smell the fresh sea air as your plane touches down into the airport, and it won’t be long before you are feeling the sand between your toes.

For Those Who do Like to be Beside the Seaside

Blessed with beautifully spacious sandy beaches at Whitmore Bay, Jackson Bay and the Old Harbour, Barry also boasts a delightfully long pebbled beach that stretches all the way from Knap Point to the most southern point of mainland Wales. This stretch of the coast has a phenomenal tidal range of 15 metres, which makes for plenty of room to enjoy the sand.

The young, and the young at heart, will love Barry Island. It’s the perfect place to take in the sun, build a sandcastle, fly a kite, treat yourself to ice-creams, gorge yourself on candy floss and enjoy the promenade, adventure golf courses, amusements, shops and funfair rides.

The south-facing beach of Whitmore Bay ranks as one of the finest in Wales, with its sweeping crescent of perfectly golden sand. What’s more it is easily accessible to wheelchair users and protected from the roads by a wide promenade, so children can play quite safely here. 

Barry Island: Home to Gavin & Stacey

Fans of the hit BBC TV show Gavin & Stacey can discover ‘what’s occurring’ (and see where it occurred) on tours around the town. You can take in all the famous locations, from Gavin’s  home in Trinity Street to the ‘slots’ arcade where Nessa worked, and relive all your favourite moments.

Barry Beyond the Beach

For sporting fans there are three fantastic eighteen hole golf courses nearby and many live football and rugby matches just a short trip away in Cardiff.

Nature lovers will enjoy the Welsh Hawking Centre, where there are more than 200 birds of prey, or taking a walk through Porthkerry Country Park, which offers the tranquillity of 220 acres of woodland and meadows. Sheltered in in a valley that gradually winds its way down to a secluded pebble beach flanked by spectacular cliffs, the park offers a real chance to get away from it all.

Enjoy Barry

With its industrial and maritime heritage, stunning beaches, scenic walks, bustling seaside and sporting facilities Barry offers a lot of something for everyone. Fancy a trip?
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