Seaside fun and quayside heritage
Golden coastline and international industrial history in one fabulous package
nowhere else offers international industrial history and golden seaside resort in such proximity!
Situated in South Wales, nowhere else offers international industrial history and golden seaside resort in such proximity! Indeed, there are few places in the world that combine coal and candyfloss, ships and chips, bananas and bumper-cars so seamlessly. We have a glorious coastline, fantastic green spaces, a brand new international enterprise zone, a hinterland of historic villages, market towns and oodles of heritage.
Barry has a history of welcoming visitors; from the medieval pilgrims making their way to St Baruc’s Church on the island, to the Gavin and Stacey Fans who now come in their droves to pay homage to the sights and locations of the internationally popular TV show.
Early intrepid Victorians travelled by boat to Whitmore Bay but once the island was connected by rail to the mainland, hundreds of thousands came for their annual summer holiday. The building of the promenade and shelters in the 1920s was a major development that turned the island into the well-loved destination it is today.
However, there is more to visit in Barry than the Island. Find out about some other gems here!
Places to visit
Barry has a busy programme of annual events ranging from open-air cinema, triathlons, Gwyl Fach y Fro and artist-led events.