Barry Island’s greatest treasure is the gleaming, golden sand of its fine beaches.
Barry Island was once a haven for smugglers and pirates
Today, they have been replaced by restaurateurs, seaside shopkeepers, purveyors of fine ice cream and tens of thousands of visitors. Vibrant beach huts and a colourful traversing wall are popular additions to the Eastern Promenade. Those following in the footsteps of Gavin and Stacey head over to the Western Promenade for fish and chips. These days, Barry Island’s greatest treasure is the gleaming, golden sand of its fine beaches.
It’s easy to get to with a train station at Barry Island itself. There are beautiful coastal walks in both directions; the Wales Coast Path follows the route through the Island and passes by the National Coastwatch Centre with views across the Bristol Channel to the Somerset Coastline. Also worth visiting are the RNLI Visitor Centre, the Barry Tourist Railway and Barry War Museum (check opening times).
Barry has a busy programme of annual events ranging from open-air cinema, triathlons, Gwyl Fach y Fro and artist-led events.