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Today, they have been replaced by restaurateurs, seaside shopkeepers, purveyors of fine ice cream and tens of thousands of visitors.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).
Throughout the summer there are a series of fantastic events held on the Island promoted as the ‘Barry Island Weekenders’, such as Gwyl Fach y Fro (Welsh language festival celebrating Welsh music and dance). Keep an eye on the Events page for more information.
The Eastern Promenade was re-furbished in 2014, with the addition of beach huts, a traversing wall, a sculptural mist feature as well as new flooring. A colourful lighting scheme was added to the Eastern Shelter and an events space created above it with a canopy. Whereas the Western Shelter is full of shops selling ice cream and fish and chips, the Eastern Shelter is a flexible space for events, large and small. What will you do there?
Barry has a busy programme of annual events ranging from open-air cinema, triathlons, Gwyl Fach y Fro and artist-led events.