Barry Island Beach

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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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The Mount Rooms
The Mount Rooms
4 out of 5
Porthkerry Road, Barry, Wales
The price is £37 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Porthkerry Country Park, Pebble Beach and Barry Island Pleasure Park. Barry Island Beach and Whitmore ...
3.7/5 Good! (481 reviews)
"The staff were friendly and the property was clean but there were a few issues. Too few pillows. Coffee, tea, bathroom shower gels etc were not refilled. Bin wasn't emptied. Owners are missing a trick with open area to the rear of the building. It's an uncared for space with weeds. It could be landscaped ..."

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2021

The Mount Rooms
Gails Guest House
Gails Guest House
3 out of 5
3 Plymouth Road, Barry, Wales
The price is £59 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
Situated in Barry, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Barry Island Pleasure Park, Whitmore Bay and Barry Island Beach. Pebble Beach and Porthkerry ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (115 reviews)
"The staff were so friendly and accommodating, nothing was too much trouble. Perfect location, easy walk to sea front. Breakfast was served in our room due to covid restrictions, but it was hot and really tasty. Room was very comfortable, wish we could have stayed longer"

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2021

Gails Guest House
The Knap by Tŷ SA - Waterfront Views
The Knap by Tŷ SA - Waterfront Views
4 out of 5
1 The Parade, Barry, Wales
Situated in Barry, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Pebble Beach, Barry Island Pleasure Park and Porthkerry Country Park. Barry Island Beach ...
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The Mount Rooms
The Mount Rooms
4 out of 5
Porthkerry Road, Barry, Wales
The price is £37 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
The Mount Rooms
Gails Guest House
Gails Guest House
3 out of 5
3 Plymouth Road, Barry, Wales
The price is £59 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
Gails Guest House
The Knap by Tŷ SA - Waterfront Views
The Knap by Tŷ SA - Waterfront Views
4 out of 5
1 The Parade, Barry, Wales
The Knap by Tŷ SA - Waterfront Views
The Knap by Tŷ SA - Waterfront Views
The Knap by Tŷ SA - Waterfront Views
1 The Parade, Barry, WLS
The Knap by Tŷ SA - Waterfront Views
Goodstay by Urban Space
Goodstay by Urban Space
4 out of 5
Hood Road, Barry, Wales
Goodstay by Urban Space
Harbourside by StayBC ***Perfect for Couples, Waterfront Views***
Harbourside by StayBC ***Perfect for Couples, Waterfront Views***
Y Rhodfa, Barry, WLS
Harbourside by StayBC ***Perfect for Couples, Waterfront Views***
Apartments Wales
Apartments Wales
3.5 out of 5
108 High St, Barry, Wales
The price is £79 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
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The old seamans mission
The old seamans mission
4 out of 5
57 Dock View Road, Barry, Wales
The old seamans mission
Tadross Hotel
Tadross Hotel
2.5 out of 5
271 Holton Road, Barry, Wales
Tadross Hotel
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