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