Barry Island

Barry Island has attracted visitors since the 1870’s and the appeal of its golden beaches, cafes and family amusements is stronger than ever.

The recently refurbished seafront now offers a sweeping promenade along the entire length of Whitmore Bay beach, against a backdrop of enticing cafés and restaurants, beach wheelchairs available to loan, vibrant beach huts and lots to amuse the kids with a climbing wall, mist feature, adventure golf and beautiful landscaped gardens. Or for the more adventurous, Barry Island Pleasure Park offers thrilling rides. And not forgetting the Gavin and Stacey connection.

The Wales Coast Path follows the route through the Island taking in not one but three beaches, two of which are dog friendly throughout the year, and passes by the National Coastwatch Centre with views across the Bristol Channel to the Somerset Coastline. Also worth a visit is the brand new RNLI Visitor Centre, the Barry Tourist Railway and Barry War Museum.

Events are held throughout the year which draws the crowds, among which the Isle of Fire, Cinema by the Sea, Transport and Food festivals are now firm dates in the diary.

Coach parking is available overlooking Whitmore Bay Beach with very accessible flat footpaths leading direct to the promenade, and there are great transport links direct to Junction 33 of the M4 motorway.  

Download a map of Barry and Barry Island here


Smugglers Golf (542 x 150)


As well as the beach and promenade, the Island boasts many attractions for you to enjoy. If arriving in large groups, we recommend that you call ahead to those you wish to visit so that they are prepared for your arrival.

Beach Huts

Barry Island Beach Huts

Barry Island has 24 vibrantly coloured beach huts with excellent views across Whitmore Bay. 

Two blocks of 12 huts sit either side of the visually stunning climbing wall and takes centre stage on the rejuvenated eastern promenade.


The Gavin and Stacey Phenomenon

The programme is based on a beautiful love story between a charming young man from Essex and our very own Stacey from Barry. And, of course, their family and friends join in the fun along the way. 

One of the main areas of filming was, of course, Barry Island. Visitors from around the world now visit Barry in search of the iconic locations where the series was filmed and with the announcement of the Christmas Special for 2019, all eyes are once again on Barry Island as a top destination to visit in Wales. 


RNLI Visitor Centre

Group visits to the Visitor Centre can be made by contacting the team.

The RNLI are able to help with missing children, first aid, beach safety advice, lost property and have direct contact with the police.

Lifeguards: Seasonal 10am to 6pm

RNLI Lifeguards can provide a brief introduction of how to keep safe on our beaches. 

Please remember to always swim between the red & yellow flags, keep a close eye on your children at all times and if in doubt just ask a lifeguard.

Beach Wheelchairs

All-terrain beach wheelchairs are available to hire at no cost, subject to availability.  The uniquely designed wheelchairs are designed to be pushed across the sand without sinking thanks to their wide wheels and unique design.  (We also have standard wheelchairs available)


P-parking-signCoach Parking

We have coach Parking at Nells Point Car Park, which is within very easy walking distance of the promenade. No pre-booking required. £10 per coach per day. If you need to make arrangements to drop off/pick up your visitors at one of the bus stops on the Island, please contact the Resort Management in advance.

National Coastwatch Institution

The National Coastwatch Institution is located at Nells Point on Barry Island and well worth a visit.   Please call or email to arrange a visit:

Please help us keep Barry Island Tidy

The resort team work tirelessly to ensure the resort is kept clean and tidy for everyone to enjoy.  In 2016 the Island was awarded Green Flag award, which we are very proud of.  Please help us by ensuring rubbish is placed in the many bins provided, and that toilets are used for their intended purpose only, and that washing of dogs, feet, etc. are done at the outdoor taps located at both the far Eastern and Western end of the promenade. 

Tide Times

We have the 2nd highest tidal range in the world, therefore we recommend that you make yourselves aware of the tide times during your visit.

Public Toilets

Public toilets are located at both the Eastern parade next to the Beach Huts and behind the Western Shelter by Marco’s Café. Radar key required for disabled toilets.


Event List

Event List

The Vale of Glamorgan hosts a wide variety of exciting events every year.

Event List

How to Find Us

How to Find Us

The Vale of Glamorgan is in south Wales on the coast between Cardiff and Bridgend.

How to Find Us

Stay a while

Stay a while

The Vale of Glamorgan has a wide range of quality accommodation to suit every taste and budget.

Stay a while

Vale Beach Guide

Vale Beach Guide

You are never far from a beach in the Vale of Glamorgan. All very different and well worth a visit.

Vale Beach Guide