Barry Things to Do

  • Marco's Cafe
    Marco's Cafe
    by Myfanwe
  • Things to Do
    by Myfanwe
  • Things to Do
    by Myfanwe

Most Recent Things to Do in Barry

  • breughel's Profile Photo

    Barry - the pebbles.

    by breughel Updated Feb 22, 2015

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I spent 2 months in Barry in the summer of 1960, what means that this tip will not be "very helpful" for the present tourist.
    With one exception: the pebbles of the Knap beach at Barry.

    I was used to the Belgian sandy beaches so that the sight of the pebbles was a total surprise for me. Large and spherical pebbles on a somewhat steep beach allowing me to sit down at a few feet from the water without getting wetted by the waves and the tide like on the Belgian beaches. There is nearly no tide at Barry pebble beach, only one wave making the pebbles roll over each other with a so typical sound.

    We often sat down at the end of the afternoon on these pebbles looking at the large Bristol channel, we did swim in the very cold water, colder than in "my" North Sea; she explained to me that the warm Gulf stream was not entering the channel.

    I saw from the photos from VT members that the beach has now parking spaces all over its length. There is now an International airport near Barry, several golf clubs, but the pebbles are the same as in 1960.

    Do the pebbles of Barry remember us?

    Related to:
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • grayfo's Profile Photo

    Whitmore Bay

    by grayfo Written Nov 18, 2011

    The main beach on Barry Island is Whitmore Bay which has a large expanse of sand at low tide. There is plenty to do, including horse carriage rides operated along the beach and other attractions on the promenade, Pleasure Park and amusement arcades.

    Whitmore Bay has a ban on dogs on the beach and promenade during the summer months.

    September 2011

    Related to:
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • grayfo's Profile Photo

    Old Town Hall & Library

    by grayfo Written Nov 17, 2011

    This Edwardian building originally housed the Carnegie Library from 1906 and the Town Hall from 1908. After a number of years unused the building was restored (c. 2005), this sparked any enquiry as it cost far more than originally anticipated. [At the beginning of the 21st century the building was restored and a new wing was provided for the library. The redevelopment of the former town hall building cost £371,000, £124,000 more than had been set aside; the increased cost sparked an inquiry in February 2008. A wing to house a new library has been added.

    September 2011

    Related to:
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • grayfo's Profile Photo

    Tourist Information Centre

    by grayfo Written Nov 17, 2011

    The Barry Island Tourist Information Centre is located on the promenade and provides material covering the Barry Island vicinity and is a great source for accommodation, local Eateries, Pubs, Theatre, Tourist Attractions, Travel and National Trust properties.

    Summer Only
    Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    email barrytic@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

    September 2011

    @ John Grayson

    Was this review helpful?

  • aaaarrgh's Profile Photo

    Art Central for ...art

    by aaaarrgh Written Nov 14, 2011

    Barry was fortunate to get a brand new County Library in 2006. At the back of the library (in part of the old Town Hall building) is a new art venue, called Art Central. This is a pleasant, modern, glass fronted area with large windows, feeling very much like a modern art gallery should!

    They seem to have a wide variety of exhibitions. When I last visited there was a show of wax paintings by a local member of the Royal Academy. Other planned exhibitions seem to be for local art groups, so I would advise you to check the WEBPAGE to see whether there is anything good happening.

    The County Library is not difficult to find, behind the 1908 Town Hall at the end of Holton Road. Opening hours are not generous, only 10am to 4pm (closed Sunday and Monday).

    gallery new library
    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Myfanwe's Profile Photo

    Barry as a TV Location

    by Myfanwe Updated May 15, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Barry Island has shot to fame with the hugely successful TV Comedy drama Gavin and Stacey. Even though the programme has finished it was so popular that it’s legacy lives on in Barry. Gavin and Stacey tours are run during the summer months. Dave’s Coaches will ferry you around the popular filming locations such as Stacey’s house, Marco’s coffee shop and the caravan park where Dave and Nessa live. During our visit we went to Barry sea front where you will find the Coffee shop where Stacey worked and took a short drive to view the exterior of the West’s house which is situated in Trinity street. The owner of the house will gladly show you around if you so wish.
    Another popular TV series which has recently moved from Bristol to Barry Island is Being Human. This programme follows the lives of a group of friends which are made up of a Ghost, Vampire and two Werewolves.

    Marco's Cafe Filming location for Gavin & Stacey The Being Human House The Being Human House
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo

    Watch the ships sail by

    by uglyscot Updated Aug 31, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Barry Island lies on the Bristol Channel and ships can be seen on the horizon, appearing at Flat Holm and Steep Holm Island, and fairly quickly disappearing beyond Friar's Point headland.
    It is so peaceful watching the passing ships, the waves breaking on the shore. A great way to de-stress yourself. It was the Victorians and rail travel that introduced seaside holidays to the masses, and a good habit was born especially in a country where nowhere is very far from the sea,

    waves the islands the bay waves , clouds and a passing ship The Knap headland
    Related to:
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Family Travel
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo

    The old Harbour and Watchtower Bay

    by uglyscot Updated Aug 31, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Leaving Barry Island , on your left as you come off the bridge is Watchtower Bay where there can be seen boats at anchor, and sheltered by the old harbour.
    I can't resist marinas and harbours as there are inevitably attractive scenes to be found. There's something so relaxing watching boats at rest- waiting for the next trip.

    boats the harbour the harbour boats at barry
    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Budget Travel
    • Sailing and Boating

    Was this review helpful?

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo

    Visit Wales's rival to Blackpool

    by uglyscot Updated Aug 31, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Barry's Island is an interesting place with an excellent beach. There used to be a Butlin's Holiday Camp on Nell's Point headland, but this has been developed with new houses springing up.
    Whitmore Beach has a good sandy beach and a number of the typical seaside entertainments and amusement arcades. In November I was surprised at the number of people on the beach, and walking along the waterfront or on Friar's Path. An amusement arcade was open for business, but I saw no sign of life at the other places.

    Whitmore Beach the promenade Whitmore Beach from Friar's Walk amusement arcade [pink] The beach
    Related to:
    • Water Sports
    • Beaches
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • awladhassan's Profile Photo

    visit the Welsh Hawking centre

    by awladhassan Updated Jul 19, 2010

    This is a centre for birds of prey. Falcons are released to hunt at certain times, so check beforehand or you;ll miss it. Otherwise walk around the cages of owls, hawks and other birds of prey. There are also horses, guinea pigs, ducks and geese. It is interesting for the smaller children,
    Entry £5 for adukts, £3 children and OAPs
    Closed Tuesdays
    Demonstrations 12 noon and 2.30pm

    owl bird of prey emu goose guinea pigs
    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Zoo
    • Birdwatching

    Was this review helpful?

  • Balam's Profile Photo

    Roman Remains

    by Balam Updated Mar 30, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Cold Knap was settled on by the Romans who established it as a port.
    The remains of a Roman building whose use is unknown can be seen just off the carpark behind the toilets at the far end. There are some information boards which give some details of the building and artists impressions of how it may have looked.

    Roman Remains Roman Remains
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology

    Was this review helpful?

  • Balam's Profile Photo

    Friars Point

    by Balam Written Mar 30, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    After a walk along the beach at Barry island we walked along Friars point which gives some great views of Whitmore bay and the old Harbour
    On friars point there is a path that takes you right out to the end of the headland . On Friers point there are the remains of some Pillow mopunds were rabbits were farmed in Medieval times and In 1873 a J Romilly Allen excavated some buriel mounds that were situated at some place on the point.
    There is an information board giving some information on the point and the area close by.

    Friars Point Friars Point Friars Point Friars Point Friars Point
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology

    Was this review helpful?

  • Balam's Profile Photo

    Barry Castle

    by Balam Updated Mar 30, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    All that remains of Barry Castle are a small two-storey gatehouse with the adjacent walls of a hall. It has been restored and now stands in a pleasent Garden and is free to walk around.
    It was once the seat of the de Barry family and was more of a fortified manor house than a Castle, built in the 13th and 14th centuries it replaced an earlier earthwork fortification.

    Barry Castle Barry Castle Barry Castle Barry Castle Barry Castle
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • Balam's Profile Photo

    Barry Island

    by Balam Written Mar 30, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Barry Island is reached across a causeway from Barry and is a popular place for the people of South wales to go on a weekend and bank holidays. Although when i visited it was a virtual ghost Town, the beach was empty and most of the shops closed i'm assured that in season it is really very busy with hardly a gap of sand to be seen on the beach.

    Beach at Barry Island Barry Island Barry Island
    Related to:
    • Seniors
    • Arts and Culture
    • Singles

    Was this review helpful?

  • Myfanwe's Profile Photo

    The Watchtower

    by Myfanwe Written Mar 28, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Watchtower at Cold Knap was built in the 1860's. The building has two storeys and was used for many years as a lifeboat station. When built it had double doors and a slipway for launching the lifeboat. The slipway has been removed and the doors bricked up, but traces can be seen under the low arched window. A new set of doors and a small slipway is still used to launch small craft. The bell from the lifeboat St. David (the crew of which were honoured for their rescue of the crew of the "Goeland"), still hangs in the Watchtower, which is used as a water activities headquarters by the 6th Barry Sea Scout Group

    The Watchtower The Watchtower from Friars point
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Barry

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

31 travelers online now

Comments

Barry Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Barry things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Barry sightseeing.

View all Barry hotels