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Located along the northern coast of the Bristol Channel in South Wales.

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      06.06.2007 21:36

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      BARRY IS A SHIT HOLE!IF IT ANIT SCREWED DOWN HERE ITS GONE, WELL EVEN IF IT ISBE PREPARED TO GET BEATEN UP FOR FUCK ALL BY SOME LOCAL CHAV AND HIS MATES, HEY THEY MITE EVEN USE A BASEBALL BATNOTE: BARRY ISLAND AND BARRY ARE THE SAME PLACE!!!!!

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      24.08.2006 19:43
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      Barry and Barry Island.

      I used to live in Barry, (Y Barri in welsh) and since leaving I have missed it a lot and so thought I’d put my Barry review up for all you Dooyoo members to read.
      Barry Island used to be home to a large Butlin's Holiday Park. I am sure some of you visited there, but earlier this year the site was demolished, somewhat emotionally, and a tourist research centre is to be built in its place. This was a very sad occasion and the end of an era but the heyday of the holiday park seems to be past.

      Despite the loss of the Butlins, which had been closed for several years, Barry Island and Barry still have an enormous amount to offer tourists and residents alike.

      Barry Island and Barry, the adjoining town, began as farms. Well over a hundred years ago the Docks were built in Barry and the town quickly grew on the back of the coal trade; in 1913 over 11 million tons of coal was exported from Barry Docks. No other Dock in the United Kingdom or Ireland have ever beaten this record and since the closure of most of the UK's mines, no one is ever likely to. The booming coal trade brought wealth to the area and Barry Island soon became a pleasure island.

      Note: Barry Island is not really an Island but a peninsular, an outcrop of land.

      Getting to Barry Island is reasonably easy by car. You can follow the tourist signs from junction 33 of the M4. Regular bus and train services to Barry Island operate from Cardiff central station. Please ring Traveline Cymru for more information, including train and bus times on (0870) 608 2 608.

      The leisure activities available on the island are varied and almost everyone will be able to find something they enjoy. The 2 main tourist attractions are Whitmore Bay, (a sandy beach) and the Pleasure Park. There are also gardens, shops, amusement arcades, pubs, cafes, bars, nightclubs and restaurants; in fact all the things you would expect from a seaside resort.

      The beach is south facing with reasonable hygiene standards and rock pools.

      The Pleasure Park has well over 50 rides including a log flume and a scary pirate ship ride. The rides are not the most technologically advanced rides but they are a lot of fun and appear to be well maintained. It is a great day out for young people, couples and families alike. The queues for rides are not too long and although the park does get busy it is never over crowded. Admission to the park is free but you have to pay for the rides individually by purchasing tickets from booths situated throughout the park. As well as rides the park also has amusement arcades in addition to the arcades along the seafront. For more information on the Pleasure Park you can call: (01446) 732 844.

      There are plenty of other things to do in Barry Island/Barry. Here is a list:
      > Triassic Towers, an indoor adventure centre that over looks the seafront. (01446) 733 344
      > The Quasar Centre, a high tech laser game similar to paintballing but much cleaner and less painful. (01446) 421611
      > Barry Island Railway Heritage Centre, a kind of museum to Railways, includes steam train rides on occasion. (01446) 748 816
      > The Amelia Trust Farm, a 160 acre lowland farm site and visitor centre. The Amelia Trust does loads of work for disadvantaged children. www.ameliatrust.org.uk
      > The Welsh Hawking Centre, a hawking centre, (duh!). (01446) 734687
      > Castle/Castell Coch, a beautiful fairytale castle and the one they used to film the worst witch TV series! 02920 810 101
      > Flat Holm, a small flat island in the Bristol Channel visible form Barry Island/Barry and Weston-Super-Mare. (01446) 747661
      > The Llanerch Vineyard, a Welsh vineyard, they make really nice dry white wine. They also have a bed and breakfast on site or self-catering accommodation. (01443) 225877
      There is loads more but far too much for me to write here. If you want further information on tourist attractions call the tourist information centre on (01446) 747 171.

      As a tourist, I know I can't be a proper tourist because I live here but its close enough, I love Barry Island and Barry loads. There is an awful lot to do especially if you're willing to venture to other places in the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff. I am never stuck for anything to do, even when I'm skint as the museums are all free. Barry Island has a good nightlife if you are into mainstream music or hip-hop and in Barry there is a good, if not tiny, Rock club called the Savoy right next to the cinema, (its only £2 to get in and the drinks are really cheap. They do cheap and funky coloured cocktails to)! If I'm completely honest, and I always am, there is sometimes a bit of bother, i.e. drunken Chavs, fights and the like on the Island at night, but I think that is true of almost anywhere these days.

      As a resident Barry Island but particularly Barry is a great place to live. Most of the locals are friendly and there are loads of amenities normally within walking distance, a very short car ride or £2-£3 cab fare away. There are loads of high street shops such as Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Burtons, Boots, Super Drug and a Wilkensons. There are plenty of super markets including, Morrison's, Waitrose, Iceland, Netto and Lidl. There is also a street market on Tuesdays as well as plenty of butchers, corner shops and takeaways.

      Barry, as is true of most of South Wales, has excellent rail links with the rest of South Wales and the West of England, thanks to Brunel. (A return ticket from Cardiff to Barry costs around £4.00). There is an international airport just outside of Cardiff.

      There are several good schools in Barry as well as a college; Cardiff is home to a university as is the nearby town of Treforest.

      There are many good doctors' surgeries in Barry as well as dentists that take new NHS patients. There is a hospital but no A&E in Barry but there is an A&E department in Cardiff. As well as the main hospital in Cardiff there is also a dental hospital.

      In conclusion whether you are looking for a short break or somewhere to live Barry Island and Barry have it all.

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        30.05.2005 12:56
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        Barry Island, where to begin...

        I may see it through rose-tinted glasses as I went there often with my Dad and sisters when I was little. But I really don't think it's anywhere near as bad as people make out!

        Unfortunately, the pleasure park has fallen into a state of disrepair, which I understand is due to a lack of investment by the owners, so some rides are standing but not operating. However, that is not all there is to Barry Island!

        Sadly, the old holiday camp is nearly completely demolished now. The chalets went some time ago to make way for some new houses, but the main buildings and swimming pools were left until the beginning of this year.

        When I visit, we normally drive up the hill, past the pleasure park and walk around by Jackson's Bay, across the beach and along the lovely coastal pathway. This then takes you to the promenade. On a sunny day, this is really nice to walk along, there are a few seaside shops including ice-cream and chip shops as well as quite a few amusement arcades which are always good. The beach is fairly clean though to be honest I wouldn't go in the sea. There are also a few bars which are heaving on bank holidays.

        If you are thinking of making a trip to Barry Isalnd, you should know that most days it is fairly quiet even if it is sunny. But, on a bank holiday it is very busy! If the weather is not great then there isn't that much to do but you'll be kept busy for a couple of hours at least!

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          12.04.2001 00:59
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          I was born in Barry, but moved away some ten years ago to start a new life elsewhere. I still occasionally visit the town, and it breaks my heart to see how far downhill this once thriving town has gone. The once fine town hall is no longer in use, with windows boarded up with black wood. The main square of the town in front of the town hall, King Square, had some fountains built upon in some time ago. These no longer work, and are full of rubbish. The town centre and Holton Road used to boast dozens of speciality stores. Apart from those which cluster close the derelict town hall, most of these are now closed, with little hope of being taken over. In fact some of the buildings on Holton Road have collapsed altogether. Barry Island is a shadow of it's former self. The holiday camp, which brought so much prosperity to the town, has long closed, with the chalets demolished to be replaced by housing. There isn't even a hotel on the Island ! The Cold Knap area, although still quite pretty, has lost it's open air lido, where I spent many a happy summer. The pool and the chalets sit behind barbed wire fences in a state of dereliction. The old Bindles ballroom, where many a Barry couple met, has also fallen into disrepair. There are, however, still some pockets of hope. The old docks, silent for years, are being redeveloped as a marina which will hopefully enhance the image of the town. Barry Island beach has seen a smart new promenade built which is pleasant enough for a short stroll. Barry does, however, look like a town dying on it's feet. I really hope that the aforementioned redevelopment of the docks area boosts the economy of the town. It certainly needs it.

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            23.12.2000 18:38
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            I used to go to Butlin's in Barry Island, South Wales. We would go every year for about four years in the 1980s and it used to be a wonderful place. The holiday camp was great, it had lots of activities - sports, cinema, theatre, discos, entertainment, etc. - and we always had a really good time there. There was also a very good fair just outside the camp, so we usually took a day out to go and spend a few hours there. But then Butlin's sold the camp and the place seemed to fall apart. We visited Barry on a day trip a couple of years later and everywhere looked so bleak and dismal, it was very sad. I visited again on a day trip in 1997 and it was still as bad as I remembered it. The whole seaside feel has become tacky, with ice-creams and cheap cafes being the highlight of the day ! Disappointing. Wales is such a beautiful country, avoid Barry and explore the other wonderful places in the country - Llangollen, Swansea, Cardiff, the wildness of the hills and valleys ...

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              01.08.2000 11:10
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              Has anyone been here??, it is in Barry in South Wales. we went there for a holiday, we had planned to share a large chalet with friends, when we got there and saw the accomodation we couldn't believe it, the small chalets had what looked like sacks at the windows, when we got the keys to our chalet, we was right on opening the door, I felt the *curtains*, the were sacks, full of holes and coming down too. Oh no we thought whats the rest of the place going to be like?, I tell you, it was the most disgusting accomodation we have ever stayed in, the bathroom was filthy, inside the toilet bowl was black, I sent my hubby for bleach and disinfectant and began to clean, the tiles were broken and coming of the walls, the lounge was worse, we kept tripping over the carpet which was ripped in several places, there was 4 cups between 7 of us, and hardly any crockery, when I moved the mattresses to amke the beds underneath was disgusting, full of crumbs, paper sweet wrappers (from previous guests?), we all got ill with sickness and diarohhea. I saw the cleaners too!!, a couple of men (dodgy looking) with missing teeth and tatoos, ones pants kept coming down when he walked, they were going round with mops and buckets and cloths. After we recovered from the illness we left early to come home. I went to complain to the trading standards and they have informed trading standards in Barry who are looking into it, since then I recieved a refund of goodwill !!, for 5 % of the holiday cost

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