Barry Island Wales. The Beach, Pleasure Park, and Gavin and Stacey

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Barry Island Wales is part of my childhood. I grew up just a few miles away and we regularly visited for beach strolls, fish and chips and Pleasure Park fun. Watching Gavin and Stacey sitting on Barry Island Beach from miles away in Australia made me homesick, so we’re back, to share Barry Island with our children and with you.

We’ll find those Barry Island Gavin and Stacey locations while we’re here too. No need for a tour, let us show you where they are.

Wales Barry Island home of Gavin and Stacey
Us on The Knap, Barry Island. It was too cold for the beach that day

Barry Island Wales, Near Cardiff

We love Barry Island! I’ve been going all my life, I used to visit Barry Island Pleasure Park as a kid, 40 ears ago now. I thought the rides were awesome.

Barry Island
Barry Island, it’s lush!

Mum never allowed us to swim from the beach in summer, something about a dodgy sewage pipe, but there was always the open air lido if the weather was good.

We used to have hotter summers in Wales back then, although summer 2014 has been pretty sensational.

Barry Island Beach Wales UK
Barry Island Beach. Magnificent! Where Gavin and Stacey sat on the sand or eating chips.

The Lido is long gone, along with Butlins, but the Pleasure Park is still there, it was shut today. We pressed our faces up to the railings and wished we could have a go on the log flume.

Barry Island Wales Pleasure Park
Barry Island Pleasure Park. A Welsh institution

Barry Island has found new fame. It’s the home of TV show Gavin and Stacey co-written by Welsh genius Ruth Jones. We’re well made up about her MBE. Tidy!

Barry Island Pleasure Park was also used in Doctor Who Spin off, Sarah Jane Adventures, so the kids and I have an extra reason to love the place. See our post about Doctor Who in Wales here.

Barry Island is where Stacey lived before she married English Gavin and moved in with his Mum and Dad in Essex. The Steadman’s real house is just up the road from Barry, in Dinas Powys, it’s all a big sham.

Nobody ever drove up the M4.

Barry Island Rocks

Even if you don’t watch Gavin and Stacey, you should visit Barry Island. I think it’s best in winter, you can warm up with chips and gravy and put your head down against the driving wind as you walk out to The Knap.

It can be what you might call bracing.

It’s British seaside town at it’s best. Fish and chips, candy floss, amusement arcades, pink minty rock with “Oh, What’s Occurrin””written down the middle and a real bucket and spade beach.

Gavin and Stacey Rock. Barry Island Wales
Gavin and Stacey Rock. Barry Island
Barry Island Wales souvenirs
Barry Island Wales souvenirs and memorabilia, everywhere!

Today, New Year’s Day 2014, we happened to catch this crazy lot going for a swim!

Barry Island Wales. Swimming on the beach New Year's Day
Barry Island Beach on a freezing New Year’s Day.

The Gavin and Stacey Locations on Barry Island

You’ll see references to the show everywhere.

This is the street where Stacey’s family lived, it’s really Trinity St.

Barry Island Wales Trinity St. Where Gavin and Stacey lived
Trinity St.Barry Island

It’s number 47 Trinity St. you want, Do’s house is next door.

Barry Island Wales. 47 Trinity St. The Gavin and Stacey House
47 Trinity St. The Gavin and Stacey House on Barry Island

The signs in the window were really charming. “Please Take Photos, You’re More Than Welcome”. Very Welsh.


Nessa worked in an amusement arcade on the sea front for a while. This one.


This is where Nessa sat. Remember the scene with Robin Gibb? “I normally sees Barry down Barry.”

If you spend 5 pounds they’ll let you sit in there and have your picture taken.


Boofy’s fish and chip shop is almost next door. They do most excellent chips, real potato, none of your frozen nonsense. Add gravy or curry sauce for a real Welsh treat.

Barry Island Wales Boofy's Fish and Chips
Boofy’s Fish and Chips, Barry Island
Chips and curry sauce

and you’ll see lots of this sort of thing.


I couldn’t be more pleased that a TV show has finally put Barry Island on the map. Suddenly it’s cool to live in Barry. I wonder if house prices have gone up? I know I’d like to live there. Back to our main Wales Travel Blog page

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About the author
Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

4 thoughts on “Barry Island Wales. The Beach, Pleasure Park, and Gavin and Stacey”

  1. As an ex Barry boy, love to go back, but would never swap a life in Australia!

    • Have you lived in Australia? We’re here now. Romania is actually where I’d like to be at Christmas time. Feeling that pull strongly.

  2. What a fun post!! I really enjoyed reading that, and especially loved the quote on the wall, “Please take photos, you’re more that welcome.” <– what a sweetie who must live there.


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