Embodying the spirit of the Welsh Capital, Barry Island is an ideal place for a fun filled family day out!
For an active experience of the Island, start at the railway station and stroll along the 2 mile walk along the promenade and out to the secluded beauty of Jackson’s bay. The walk then leads up to a
cliff-top path where views over to the twin islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm are simply stunning.
After that, head back to the station via the island’s harbour. This short walk (about 30 minutes) takes you way from the hubbub of the town and shows Barry Island at its very natural best.
While the turn of the century saw Cardiff’s derelict docks transformed into one of Europe’s biggest and finest waterside developments, Barry Island has lagged behind, only slowly shaking off its ramshackle image. Change is, however, afoot, and the natural beauty that drew holidaymakers there originally is being rediscovered.
Barry Island’s Beaches
The islands’ main beach, Whitmore Bay, is a fabulously long and sandy strand with limestone outcrops at either end providing a degree of shelter from the elements. It really is a great place to rest and soak up the sunshine while admiring the views across the Bristol Channel while the children busy themselves with making castles in the sand.
When to visit
Barry Island is a year round destination. In the winter you have the beaches to yourselves so wrap up in warm clothes, pack a flask of hot chocolate and blow the cobwebs away! In the summer it’s a classic beach town with all that that brings.
Barry’s Pleasure Park
Boasting over 50 rides and attractions, the Pleasure Park at Barry Island will be a hit with the kids! A log flume, Viper Ride and Pirate Ship provide the expected thrills and spills and entrance to the park is free. The Park is open all summer and on selected weekends throughout the rest of the year so be sure to check opening times if this part of Barry is important to you and you’re visiting outside of the summer months.
Highlight of the Day
Discovering the beautiful cove on Jackson’s Bay
Nearest train station : Barry
Car parking : Plentiful
Website : www.barrywales.co.uk