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Barry (Welsh: Y Barri) is a town in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. Located just a few miles from Cardiff, the capital of Wales, Barry lies on the south coast and is a popular seaside resort, with attractions including a beach, and the Barry Island Pleasure Park (currently closed - May 2007).

Barry is currently home to roughly 50,000 people. It is the administrative centre of the Vale of Glamorgan, and home to Barry Town F.C..

The road from Bonvilston was originally the B4266, as only Pontypridd Road within the town still is, and the road from Highlight Park right through the Vale to Bridgend was the B4265, as beyond the airport it still is. Since the 1970s, parts of these roads are numbered A4226, with the result that the A4226 radiates from Weycock Cross roundabout in three directions.

A chicken-and-egg situation afflicts the town's name. Sometimes, including in travel information, Barry is pedantically called "Barry Dock", and "Barry" considered to be just the western district of the town of "Barry Dock", the "Barry" district's existence requiring the town centre to be called "Barry Dock" to assert that it is not Barry and to distinguish it from Barry! Yet unofficially it is Barry, and if officially it is not Barry, whence would it come to be called Barry Dock ?

Originally Barry was a small village neighbouring the larger villages of Cadoxton and Barry Island. Today, Barry has swallowed both of these villages and the area is know as Barry with small areas or parishes known as Cadoxton and Barry Island.

The town was originally a fishing port, and grew when it was developed as a coal port in the 1880s. The coal trade was growing faster than the facilities at Cardiff Docks ever could and so a group of colliery owners formed the Barry Railway Company and chose to build the dock at Barry. Work commenced in 1884 and the first dock basin was opened in 1889 to be followed by two other docks and extensive port installations. The Barry Railway brought coal down from the valleys to the new docks whose trade grew from one million tons in the first year to over nine million tons by 1903. The port was crowded with ships and had flourishing ship repair yards, cold stores, flour mills and an ice factory. By 1913, Barry was the largest coal exporting port in the world.

Behind the docks rose the terraced houses of Barry which, with Cadoxton. soon formed a sizeable town. The railways which had played a major part in the development of the dock did a great deal, too, to make Barry Island a popular resort.

Although still a port, Barry is more important now as a manufacturing town and as a service centre for the Vale of Glamorgan. Barry Docks and the adjoining industrial area form the largest employment centre in the town. The docks, whose road links were dramatically improved with the opening of the Docks Link Road in 1981, now have direct road access with the M4 motorway. The docks can handle vessels up to 23,000 tons and the first-class tidal position close to the deep-water channel of the Severn Estuary, allows for regular scheduled sailings. With its extensive transit sheds, warehouses and open storage, the docks are well equipped to handle hulk cargoes for which the batteries of high capacity grab cranes are invaluable. Two roll on/roll off berths are available and have been extensively used by routes to Eire and West Africa. These and the other port facilities have seen an increasing variety of traffic in recent years.

The great majority of industrial firms are located in the dock area. By far the largest are the chemical producing concerns such as Cabot Carbon and Dow Corning who have just completed the development of the largest silicones plant in Europe. Other main employers in Barry Docks are Jewson Builders' Merchants, Western Welding and Engineering, Bumnelly, Rank Hovis and, of course, Associated British Ports who, since 1982 have run the docks as successors of the British Transport Docks Board.

The name of Barry derives from St. Baruc who was drowned in the Bristol Channel and buried in Barry Island. Cadoxton, too, takes its name from an early saint, St. Cadoc, and it is around the Medieval church of St. Cadoc that the old village grew up. The church still survives, as do some of the older village houses.

Barry hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1920 and 1968.

The town is often associated with Woodhams' Scrapyard, a business that helped over 200 historic steam locomotives survive into preservation.

  Trains: Barry is on the Vale of Glamorgan Line

 The County Library
       King Square
       CF64 4RW
       01446 709737
       Mon 8.30am-8.00pm
       Tue 8.30am-6.00pm
       Wed 8.30am-6.00pm
       Thur 8.30am-8.00pm
       Fri 8.30am-6.00pm
       Sat 9.00am-5.30pm
       Lift, disabled toilet, hearing loops

 Theatre Royal
       Broad Street
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 7AL

 Brynhill (Barry) Golf Club
       Port Road
       Vale of Glamorgan
       CF62 8PN
       01446 720277

 Petherton Veterinary Surgery
       26 Broad St
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 7AD
       01446 700472

 Barry Animal Health Centre
       51-53 Tynewydd Rd
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 8AZ
       01446 733406

 Tourist Information Centre


01446 747171


01446 747171


[email protected]


The Promenade
The Triangle
Barry Island
Vale of Glamorgan
CF62 5TQ


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 Aberthaw House Hotel
       28 Porthkerry Road
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 7AX

       5 Acropolis Romanwell Road
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 5TH
       01446 734668

 The Admiral
       1 Vere Street
       South Glamorgan
       CF63 2HX
       01446 407965

 Bassett Arms
       271 Holton Road
       South Glamorgan
       CF63 4HT
       01446 733015

 Borough Arms
       72 High Street
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 7DW
       01446 735067

 Castle Hotel
       Jewel Street
       South Glamorgan
       CF63 3NQ
       01446 408916

 Colcot Arms
       Colcot Road
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 8UJ
       01446 729041

       81 High Street
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 7DX

 Cwm Ciddy
       Port Rd West
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 3BA
       01446 700075

 The Cwm Talwg
       Severn Avenue
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 7JL
       01446 747023

 Glenbrook Inn
       Dobbins Road
       South Glamorgan
       CF63 2NP
       01446 747808

 Happy House
       Boiler House
       Skomer Road
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 9DA
       01446 720900

 Horatios Around The Cape
       81 High Street
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 7DX
       01446 738832

 King William IV Hotel
       Bridge Street
       South Glamorgan
       CF63 1LD
       01446 405415

 The Knap Hotel
       1 The Parade
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 6SD

 A Cars
       Unit 1 Romilly Buildings
       Woodham Rd
       South Glamorgan
       CF63 4JE
       01446 747977

 Associated Taxis
       Market St
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 7AS
       01446 720555

 C J Contract Travel Services
       2 Ravenshoe Rd
       South Glamorgan
       CF63 2AU
       01446 405393

 Knights Hotel
       59 Colcot Road
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 8HL

 MacGowans Bar
       14 Broad Street
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 7AB
       01446 733620

 The Marine Hotel
       Redbrink Crescent
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 5TT
       01446 740662

 Master Mariner
       Skomer Road
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 9DA

 New Bindles Cold Knap Ltd
       The Knap
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 6YZ
       01446 734371

 The Old Paget Inn
       6 Paget Road
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 5TQ
       01446 722266

 The Park
       Park Crescent
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 6HE
       01446 735589
       01446 735589

 Royal Hotel
       Barry Rd
       South Glamorgan
       CF63 1BA

 The Ship
       The Old Police Station
       Harbour Road
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 5SB
       01446 729061

 Sundance Cafe & Music Bar
       12-14 Holton Road
       South Glamorgan
       CF63 4HD
       01446 739777

 Three Bells Inn
       Coldbrook Road West
       South Glamorgan
       CF63 1LF
       01446 405414

 The Three Horse Shoes
       The Square
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 9BZ
       01446 750366

 The Tynewydd Inn
       103 Tynewydd Road
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 8BB
       01446 735622

 Whitchill Hotel
       110 Barry Road
       South Glamorgan
       CF63 1BD
       01446 734869

 Windsor Hotel
       Holton Road
       South Glamorgan
       CF63 4HL
       01446 748419

 Just In Time
       160 Jenner Rd
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 7HR
       029 2040 8783

 Keltic Kars
       within The Ship Public House
       Harbour Rd
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 5SB
       01446 420120

 Startax Taxis
       rear of 3 Broad St
       South Glamorgan
       CF62 7AA
       01446 747747


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