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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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Celtic International Hotel Cardiff Airport

Celtic International Hotel Cardiff Airport

Port Road, Barry
3.7
of 5, from 30 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Brynhill Golf Club and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Barry Island Pleasure Park. Museum of Welsh Life and Barry Island Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£52
Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport

Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport

Port Road, Barry
4.0
of 5, from 175 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Brynhill Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Barry Island Beach and Barry Island Pleasure Park. Museum of Welsh Life and Cottrell Park Golf Resort are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£29
The Mount Rooms

The Mount Rooms

Porthkerry Road, Barry
3.8
of 5, from 37 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Barry Island Pleasure Park, Brynhill Golf Club, and Barry Island Beach. Museum of Welsh Life and Cottrell Park Golf Resort are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£54
New Farm B&B

New Farm B&B

Port Road West, Rhoose, Barry
5.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Barry, this country house is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Brynhill Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Barry Island Pleasure Park and Barry Island Beach. Museum of Welsh Life and Llandaff Cathedral are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£38
Tadross Hotel

Tadross Hotel

Holton Road , Barry
2.8
of 5, from 15 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Barry, this inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of Brynhill Golf Club, Barry Island Beach, and Barry Island Pleasure Park. Cardiff University and Wales Millennium Centre are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£71
Three Horseshoes

Three Horseshoes

Moulton, Barry
4.4
of 5, from 10 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this romantic inn is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Brynhill Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cottrell Park Golf Resort and Barry Island Beach. Museum of Welsh Life and Llandaff Cathedral are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£58
Limpert Bay Guest House

Limpert Bay Guest House

The Leys, Barry
4.7
of 5, from 10 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is within 9 mi (15 km) of St Donat's Castle, Brynhill Golf Club, and Barry Island Beach. Barry Island Pleasure Park and Cottrell Park Golf Resort are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£58
Apartments Wales

Apartments Wales

108 High St, Barry
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Barry Island Pleasure Park and Barry Island Beach. Brynhill Golf Club is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

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