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Barry Island Beach

If you’re looking for a quintessential Welsh seaside experience, look no further than Barry Beach in the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan.

Sun worshippers have been flocking here since Victorian times to what is essentially a small island, though joined now to the mainland since 1896 by a small pier. The site of a Butlins holiday camp during the 1960’s, Barry Beach is perfect for families, with its signature calling card being Barry Island Pleasure Park. Come here for crowds, candy floss and sticks of rock, the scream of the rollercoaster and the thump of the dodgems.

When the fun of the fair has worn you out, the Blue Flag winning Barry Island Beach offers great swimming, a range of seaside shops, delicious fish and chips, more ice cream than you can eat in a month of sundaes and wonderful views of the two craggy limestone headlands.

Barry Island Beach is the generic name for what are actually several distinct coves: Whitmore Bay, which lies between the two peninsulas of Friar’s Point and Nell’s Point; Jackson Bay, nestling between Nell's Point and Little Island; and Old Harbour beach around Friar's Point is the third destination, offering a massive expanse of sand at low tide.

Sporting activities enjoyed here include beach volleyball, snorkelling, windsurfing, sea-kayaking and some rather good fishing. Anglers catch whiting and even the odd sea bass when conditions are right here. In recent years, several TV shows have helped popularise this dramatic coastal area, in particular, the comedy show Gavin and Stacey.


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Gail's Guest House £51
Gail's Guest House

Gail's Guest House

3 Plymouth Road, Barry, Wales
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Barry Island Pleasure Park and Barry Island Beach. Whitmore Bay and Pebble Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km). Barry Island Station is 7 minutes by foot and Barry Station is 21 minutes.

    The Mount Rooms £37
    The Mount Rooms

    The Mount Rooms

    Porthkerry Road, Barry, Wales
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Porthkerry Country Park, Barry Island Beach and Barry Island Pleasure Park. Pebble Beach and Whitmore Bay are also within 1 mile (2 km). Barry Station is only a 3-minute walk and Barry Island Station is 19 minutes.

      Goodstay by Urban Space
      Goodstay by Urban Space

      Goodstay by Urban Space

      Hood Road, Barry, Wales
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Barry, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Whitmore Bay, Barry Island Beach, and Barry Island Pleasure Park. Porthkerry Country Park and Pebble Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km). Barry Station is 11 minutes by foot and Barry Island Station is 16 minutes.

        Apartments Wales
        Apartments Wales

        Apartments Wales

        108 High St, Barry, Wales
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Porthkerry Country Park, Barry Island Beach and Barry Island Pleasure Park. Whitmore Bay and Pebble Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km). Barry Station is 7 minutes by foot and Barry Island Station is 20 minutes.

          The old seamans mission
          The old seamans mission

          The old seamans mission

          57 Dock View Road, Barry, Wales
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Barry Island Pleasure Park and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Barry Island Beach. Whitmore Bay and Brynhill Golf Club are also within 3 miles (5 km). Barry Docks Station is 5 minutes by foot and Cadoxton Station is 18 minutes.

            Tadross Hotel
            Tadross Hotel

            Tadross Hotel

            271 Holton Road, Barry, Wales
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Barry, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Barry Island Pleasure Park and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Barry Island Beach. Brynhill Golf Club and Whitmore Bay are also within 3 miles (5 km). Barry Docks Station is 12 minutes by foot and Cadoxton Station is 12 minutes.

              The Beautiful big White House
              The Beautiful big White House

              The Beautiful big White House

              57 Colcot Rd, House, Barry, WLS
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Barry, this historic holiday home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Brynhill Golf Club and within 3 miles (5 km) of Barry Island Beach and Barry Island Pleasure Park. Porthkerry Country Park and Whitmore Bay are also within 3 miles (5 km). Barry Station is 22 minutes by foot and Barry Docks Station is 26 minutes.

                The Luxury White House
                The Luxury White House

                The Luxury White House

                57 Colcot Rd, Barry, WLS
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Barry, this historic holiday home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Brynhill Golf Club and within 3 miles (5 km) of Barry Island Beach and Barry Island Pleasure Park. Porthkerry Country Park and Whitmore Bay are also within 3 miles (5 km). Barry Station is 22 minutes by foot and Barry Docks Station is 26 minutes.