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Barry Town Information

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This seaport on the Vale of Glamorgan coastline owes its modern prosperity to a decision in the 19th century to build docks to rival those at Cardiff.

It is more famous, however, as a place of seaside fun thanks to Barry ‘island’, a chunk of land jutting out into the sea. With sandy beaches, fairground rides and an American-style amusement park, it has long been a major holiday hot spot.

The town takes its name from St. Baruc, who is buried on the ‘island’, and has Bronze Age burial mounds and the ruin of a Norman castle dating to the 12th century. Porthkerry Country Park, with over 200 acres of open space, lies close to the town centre.

Whitmore Bay, Barry Island - Photo © Darius Khan
Whitmore Bay, Barry Island - Photo: Darius Khan CCL

Flatholm Island - Photo © Martin Southwood
Flatholm Island - Photo: Martin Southwood CCL

The Barry Island Railway Heritage Centre is a haven for loco-spotters while the Welsh Hawking Centre is a ‘must see’ for visitors.

Just off the coast are the islands of Flatholm and Steepholm from where Vikings launched attacks on the mainland. Flatholm, which can be reached by boat, is a nature reserve of national importance.