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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Barry at sunrise
Barry at sunrise

Barry is a town in Glamorgan in South Wales.

Barry has 'Twinning Agreements' with Fecamp in France, Mouscron in Belgium and Rheinfelden in Germany via the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Barry is a seaside resort town with sandy beaches at Whitmore Bay, Jackson Bay & the Old Harbour, and a (very long) pebble beach stretching from Knap Point past Porthkerry Park to Rhoose Point, the most Southern point in mainland Wales.

The main industry & employer in Barry is the Docks and several chemical companies, including DOW, Hexion, Zeon & Cabot Carbon.

Get in

By Air. Cardiff (Wales) International Airport. This is the only major airport in Wales and is situated some 5 miles to the west of Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan at Rhoose. The airport is served by a number of airlines which operates to domestic and foreign destinations. There are regular bus services to and from the town centre to the airport. You can also get to the airport using a rail service to Rhoose (Cardiff International Airport) railway station, then use a shuttle bus to the airport.

By Road. Barry has very good road links, the M4 is approximately 15 minutes away to junction 33 at Cardiff West via the A4232 to Culverhouse Cross, then the A4050 directly to Barry and the airport.

By Train. There is a regular train service to Cardiff Central station about 20 minutes journey with direct connections to the rest of the country and international connections. There is also the service which runs West to Bridgend, over the Porthkerry Park viaduct and Rhoose.

By Sea. Although Barry has a large dock system, there are no passenger services into the port apart from the odd visit in the summer by the coastal day cruise vessels Balmoral and the Paddle steamer Waverley. There is talk of a ferry service to Minehead, in the West of England, which is less than 15 miles by sea and possibly less than 1 hours travel, but 3 hours travel by car.

By Bus. Barry is not on the National Coach network route, but Cardiff is only a short bus or train journey away for national & international coach travel.

Get around

Visit Cardiff the Capital City of Wales, 8 miles to the East of Barry with easy connection by public transport using bus or train.

Visit Cowbridge, a small market town, 10 miles West of Barry.

Visit Penarth, a small coastal Victorian town, 5 miles East of Barry.

  • Barry Castle (A ruin), Park Road. Free.  edit
  • Porthkerry Country Park. Country Park, with walks in woodland areas as well as being right on the beach. Stroll under the HUGE viaduct, have a round of pitch & putt golf, followed by an ice cream or cup of tea in the small cafe. Free entry.  edit
  • Barry Waterfront, Fford y Milleniwm. 24. A multi-million pound development. Currently housing based but with 'facilities planned' for entertainment and refreshments, currently no booths for refreshments only a national chain supermarket plus other chains.Overlooking docks. Free.  edit
  • Cosmeston Country Park, Cosmeston. Country Park & Lakes, with a medieval village, near Penarth. Free.  edit
  • St. Baruch's Church (A ruin), Friars Road, Barry Island.. 24. Free.  edit
  • Rhoose Flying School, Rhoose Road, Rhoose. Flights over the Vale by light aircraft or helicopter.  edit


Visit High Street (at the West End of town) where you have a variety of outlets from high end clothing to charity shops, as well as gift shops, tea shops, bars & restaurants etc. etc.

Visit Cardiff for things to buy. Nearing completion is the St. Davids Centre 2, a retail shopping arcade (Mall); built at a cost of over £600 million.

  • Streets Brasserie, 4 Broad Street, 01446 721440. Grill Bar. Eat in. ££.  edit
  • Casa Paco, 1 Broad Street, 01446 732009. Mediteranean. Eat in. ££.  edit
  • Shahi Noor Tandoori, 87 High Street, 01446 732338. Indian. Eat in or to go. ££.  edit
  • De Gennaro, 71 High Street, 01446 732557. Italian. Eat in or to go. ££.  edit
  • Giuliano's, 1 The Parade, 01446 733340. Italian. Eat in. ££.  edit
  • Hedley's, 3/4 Bron y Mor, 01446 733398. Mediterranean ££.  edit
  • Barry Dock Conservative Club, 17 Station Street. 'Workingmens' Social Club. £.  edit
  • Scarlets, Broad Street. 'Wine Bar'. £££.  edit
  • Blue Anchor, East Aberthaw, 01446 750329. Thatched country pub with real ales, serving bar meals with a restaurant attached. ££.  edit
  • The Old College Inn, Butrills Road, 01446 700580. Pub. ££.  edit
  • Colcot Arms, Colcot Road, 01446 700664. Pub. ££.  edit
  • Aberthaw House Hotel (Independant), 28 Porthkerry Road, 01446 737314. A small guest house with 'Whispers' restaurant attached. ££.  edit
  • Best Western Mount Sorrel Hotel (Best Western), Porthkerry Road, 01446 740069. £££.  edit
  • Egerton Gray House Hotel (Independant), Porthkerry, 01446 711666. A luxury mansion set in land close to Porthkerry Park and the airport. Splurge.  edit
  • The Olives Court Guest House (Independant), 2 Port Road East, 01446 730891. ££.  edit
  • Cwm Ciddy (Toby Inn), Port Road, West. Motel with pub attached serving bar meals and carvery. ££.  edit


Tourist Information Centre, The Promenade, Friars Road, Barry Island. 01446 747171 (Summer only).

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

BARRY, an urban district and seaport of Glamorganshire, Wales, on the Bristol Channel, 153 m. by rail from London and 8 m. S.W. from Cardiff. Its station is a terminus on the Barry railway, which starts at Hafod in the Rhondda Valley, where it joins the Taff Vale railway, having also junctions with the same line for Aberdare and Merthyr at Treforest, and for Cardiff and Penarth at Cogan, and with the Great Western main line at Peterstone and St Fagans. A branch from the main line at Tyn-y-caeau connects with the Rhymney railway, the London & North-Western railway, and the Brecon & Merthyr railway. The Vale of Glamorgan railway (which is worked by the Barry company and has a junction with the Great Western railway at Bridgend) affords a direct route to Barry from the Llynvi, Ogmore and Garw coalfields. The urban district of Barry, with a population in 1901 of 27,030, comprises the ecclesiastical parishes of Barry, Cadoxton, Merthyr-Dovan, and a portion of Sully in which is included Barry Island (194 acres), now, however, joined to the mainland. The total population of this area in 1881 was only about 500, that of Barry village alone being only 85. A small brook named Barri runs here into the sea, whence the place was formerly known in Welsh as Aber-Barri, but the name of both the river and the island is supposed to be derived from Baruch, a Welsh saint of the 7th century, who had a cell on the island. His chapel (which still existed in Leland's time) was a place of pilgrimage in the middle ages. According to Giraldus, his own family derived its name de Barri from the island which they once owned. One of the followers of Fitzhamon settled at Barry about the end of the 11th century, building there a castle of which only a gateway remains. Besides the small old parish churches of MerthyrDovan and Cadoxton, and the rebuilt parish church of Barry, there are four modern churches (in one of which Welsh services are held). There are about thirty nonconformist chapels, in nearly a third of which the services are Welsh. There are also a Roman Catholic church, and one for German and Scandinavian seamen. The other public buildings are a county intermediate school for 250 boys and girls, built in 1896, a free library (opened in 1892) with four branch reading-rooms, a seamen's institute, the Barry market, built in 1890 at a cost of £3500 (but now used as a concert-hall), and Romilly hall for public meetings.

Barry owes its seaport to the determination of a number of colliery owners to secure an alternative port to Cardiff, with an independent railway to it from the coalfields. After failing in 1883, they obtained parliamentary powers for this purpose in 1884, and the first sod of the new dock at Barry was cut in November of that year. The docks are 114 acres in extent, and have accommodation for the largest vessels afloat. Dock No. 1, opened on the 18th of July 1889, is 73 acres (with a basin of 7 acres) and occupies the eastern side of the old channel between the island and the mainland, having a well-sheltered deep-sea entrance. There is good anchorage between Barry and Sully islands. Dock No. 2 (34 acres) was opened on the Loth of October 1898. There are 41 acres of timber-ponds and three large graving-docks. For loading the coal there are thirty fixed and seven movable coal-hoists. The total tonnage of the exports in 1906 was 9,757,380 (all of which, except 26,491 tons, was coal), and of the imports 506,103 tons.

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Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also barry




Anglicized form of Irish Barra, short form of Fionnbharr, from fionn (white) + barr (head).

Proper noun




  1. A male given name, sometimes also used as a diminutive of Bartholomew.
  2. A surname derived from the given name, or from place names in Scotland and Wales.



  • 1844 William Makepeace Thackeray, The Luck of Barry Lyndon, University of Michigan Press, 1999, ISBN 047211042X, page 44
    I remembered that I had signed the documents Barry Redmond instead of Redmond Barry; but what else could I do? - - - "Hark ye, Mr Fitzsimons," said I; "I will tell you why I was obliged to alter my name - which is Barry, and the best name in Ireland.


  • Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: A Concise Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press 2001.

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