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Located in the Vale of Glamorgan is the seaside resort of Barry. Not only popular with holiday makers, many love living in Barry for its coast, attractions, and community spirit. Barry was once a small village but, since absorbing the neighbouring villages of Cadoxtan and Barry Island in the 1880s, is has grown significantly.
Barry’s port was very well utilised in times gone by and, although still active today, Barry is now more of a manufacturing town and a service centre for the Vale of Glamorgan. The port does give the town an industrial feel that some may find unattractive but, with vast stretches of coast, the fun Barry Island, and Porthkerry Park in the west, it is easily avoided.
Moving to Barry
When moving to Barry, many like to steer clear of the port areas. For this reason, West End and the Knap are considered the well-to-do areas. However, if it is a coastal retreat that you crave there are many new marina developments and Mariners Point has two-bed and three-bed houses on the market for £140,000 to £195,000. Semi-detached homes and terraces tend to fetch around £90,000 whereas detached sell for upwards of £150,000.
One-bed flats to rent in Barry start at £350 pcm, rising to £450 pcm for a two-bed apartment. Smaller terraces, in quaint cottages, start at £500 pcm, with family-sized versions upwards of £600 pcm. Semi-detached and detached rental properties are hard to come by, especially for families, and can fetch anything from £700 pcm to £2000 pcm.
Britannia Robbins are located just one hour away from Barry, in Swansea. They are one of the longest established moving and storage companies within south and west Wales and the family-run business can help their customers with removals and storage solutions.
Barry Island Pleasure Park
Always a favourite with the Welsh, but catapulted into the limelight by BBC hit Gavin and Stacey, is Barry Island Pleasure Park. It is the quintessential seaside resort attraction complete with traditional wooden rollercoasters and more modern rides. It is a perfect day out for all the family, with games and rides to suit even the smallest of tots. There are also a number of kiosks and cafés for a well-deserved rest.
Schools in Barry
There are five popular primary schools in Barry; Barry Island, Sant Curig, Rhws, Palmerston and Holton. According to the Welsh inspectorate, Estyn, they are all ‘good’.
In terms of secondary schools in Barry, a couple are a little questionable. Sir Richard Gwyn Catholic High School for ages 11 to 16 received ‘unsatisfactory’ in its latest Estyn report. Furthermore, the girls only Bryn Hafren Comprehensive is deemed ‘adequate’. However, Barry Comprehensive (boys aged 11 to 18) is good and Bro Morgannwg for boys and girls aged three to 18 is ‘good with excellent features’.
Transport Links Barry
Barry is served well by A roads and Cardiff Airport is just a 12-minute drive away, ideally for frequent business flyers or holidaymakers.
Barry and Barry Island are the two train stations serving the area. Barry has direct services to Cardiff Central, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare. Barry Island runs on the same line so also has trains running to the aforementioned destinations.