BarryUnited Kingdom

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Barryis the largest town in Wales.It is packed full of maritime and industrial history, but most visitors know itbest for the seaside resort of BarryIsland that sits at its southern tip. Barry is far from beingall beach, beach, beach, but, if its sand, fun and amusements you seek, it canprovide it by the bucketful!

Barryis located just 5 miles west of Cardiff Airport in the Vale of Glamorgan. Youcan 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 Whodo Like to be Beside the SeasideBlessed with beautifully spacious sandy beaches atWhitmore Bay, Jackson Bay and the Old Harbour, Barry also boasts a delightfullylong pebbled beach that stretches all the way from Knap Point to the mostsouthern point of mainland Wales.This stretch of the coast has a phenomenal tidal range of 15 metres, whichmakes for plenty of room to enjoy the sand.

The young, and the young at heart, will love Barry Island. It’s theperfect place to take in the sun, build a sandcastle, fly a kite, treatyourself 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 ofthe finest in Wales,with its sweeping crescent of perfectly golden sand. What’s more it is easilyaccessible to wheelchair users and protected from the roads by a widepromenade, so children can play quite safely here.

Barry Island:Home to Gavin & StaceyFans of the hit BBC TV show Gavin & Stacey candiscover ‘what’s occurring’ (and seewhere it occurred) on tours around the town. You can take in all the famouslocations, from Gavin’s home in TrinityStreet to the ‘slots’ arcade where Nessa worked, and relive all your favouritemoments.Barry Beyondthe BeachFor sporting fans there are three fantastic eighteenhole golf courses nearby and many live football and rugby matches just a shorttrip away in Cardiff.

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

Enjoy BarryWith its industrial and maritime heritage, stunningbeaches, scenic walks, bustling seaside and sporting facilities Barry offers a lot ofsomething for everyone. Fancy a trip?

Where to stay in Barry

Rhoose, Barry, Wales, United Kingdom
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Rhoose

3.5/5Good!(55 area reviews)

Rhoose is noteworthy for its bars, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Watch House Beach and Limpert Bay.

Rhoose
Dinas Powys, Wales, United Kingdom

Dinas Powys

Dinas Powys is well liked for its golf courses. If you'd like to do some sightseeing in the greater Penarth area, you might plan a trip to Cardiff International Sports Village or Cardiff Bay.

Dinas Powys

Top hotels in Barry

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport
Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport
3 out of 5
Port Road, Rhoose, Barry, Wales
£54
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Located in Rhoose, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Brynhill Golf Club, Watch House Beach and Pebble Beach. Barry Island Beach and Barry Island Pleasure ...

4.1/5Very Good! (817 reviews)

"Receptionist yesterday morning and this morning was good & helpful. Room ok, but basic. Breakfast this morning - not much food choices, all help yourself. No-one to even check you were staying in the hotel."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport
The Mount Rooms
The Mount Rooms
4 out of 5
Porthkerry Road, Barry, Wales
£37
per night
Mar 4 - Mar 5

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Pebble Beach, Barry Island Pleasure Park and Barry Island Beach. Whitmore Bay and Brynhill Golf ...

3.7/5Good! (422 reviews)

"The accommodation was a little too warm for us, but fortunately we could open the windows to cool down. We were in room 21, and the glass shelf in the bathroom fell to the floor, so we didn't use it at all, but that needs looking at. My only criticism comes from trying to find the hotel in the dark. ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2020

The Mount Rooms
Celtic International Hotel Cardiff Airport
Celtic International Hotel Cardiff Airport
3 out of 5
Port Road, Barry/Cardiff, Barry, Wales
£48
per night
Mar 17 - Mar 18

Located in Rhoose, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Brynhill Golf Club and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Barry Island Pleasure Park. Pebble Beach is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) ...

3.8/5Good! (255 reviews)

"Lovely room + comfortable bed. Very friendly + helpful staff. Enjoyed the cooked breakfast. Would recommend to anyone"…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2019

Celtic International Hotel Cardiff Airport

Popular things to do in Barry

Barry Island Beach
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Barry Island Beach

4/5(74 reviews)

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

Watch House Beach
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Watch House Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Watch House Beach during your trip to Barry? Stroll along the lakeside or visit the churches while you're in the area.

Whitmore Bay
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Whitmore Bay

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Whitmore Bay during your trip to Barry? Stroll along the lakeside or visit the churches while you're in the area.

Pebble Beach
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Pebble Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Pebble Beach during your trip to Barry? Stroll along the lakeside or visit the churches while you're in the area.

Limpert Bay
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Limpert Bay

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Limpert Bay during your trip to Barry? Stroll along the lakeside or visit the churches while you're in the area.

Principality Stadium
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Principality Stadium

4.5/5(191 reviews)

The spiritual home of Welsh rugby, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff is one of the most famous sporting arenas on the planet, envied the world over for its cauldron-like atmosphere and state-of-the-art facilities.

Top activities in Barry

Cardiff Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Cardiff Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

92% of travellers recommend
£8
Per adult
Day Trip to Cardiff via Train with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Day Trip to Cardiff via Train with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£209
Per adult
Airport Transfers
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Airport Transfers

£81
Per adult
Operation city Quest of United Kingdom
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Operation city Quest of United Kingdom

£8
Per adult
Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Cardiff
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Cardiff

£10
Per adult
Cardiff Castle Admission Ticket
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Cardiff Castle Admission Ticket

£13
Per adult

Reviews of Barry

3.7

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
15
5 - Excellent 21.428571428571427%
4 - Good
24
4 - Good 34.285714285714285%
3 - Okay
28
3 - Okay 40%
2 - Disappointing
3
2 - Disappointing 4.285714285714286%
1 - Terrible
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 24, 2020

Its a bit grotty in places, very run down, but the front is lovely

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 20, 2020

The hotel is in rhoose even though listed as barry great for people flying out of aiport and good location to barry,vale of glamorgan and easy reach to cardiff city centre.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 7, 2020

Lovely clean beach, cheap parking! Would definitely recommend a visit especially for Gavin & Stacey fans! Whitmore & Jackson is a fantastic place to eat too.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 4, 2020

Was so surprised at how lovely Barry is and how big it is - kids loved it down on the beach even in December! All rides open and again lovely friendly people .

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Nov 15, 2019

It's a typical Welsh town, don't expect much more.

3/5 - Okay

David

Nov 9, 2019

Roads are awful. This is Cardiff Airport main route flying into Wales, needs a major sort out. Embarrassing.

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