Whitmore Bay (Barry)

Barry Island is located at the very southern tip of Wales, ten miles along the coast from Cardiff. Sandwiched between two limestone headlands, the golden sands of Whitmore Bay are a popular location for sunbathers and swimmers alike. The famous Pleasure Park is just behind the beach, and there is plenty of entertainment, including amusement arcades, crazy golf, and horse and carriage rides. There are also beach huts for hire and wheelchairs for loan, a climbing wall, and various events to keep the whole family entertained.

If you get hungry, there are plenty of options, and the environment is known for being clean and generally litter free. This beach has a seasonal lifeguard service available, and dogs are not allowed from around the start of May to the end of September. 

Fans of Gavin and Stacey will also enjoy spotting some of the filming locations from the TV series. Or, of course, you can just enjoy the glorious views to the Bristol Channel and a walk along the sand or promenade, or enjoy rock pooling and building sandcastles. It can be pretty windy on occasion, though, so be prepared!

There’s easy parking, and if you’d rather take the train, it’s around a thirty minute journey from Cardiff. And of course, once you get there, this was the setting for many of the scenes in the Gavin and Stacey TV series.

The beach holds a Blue Flag, and Barry Island Seafront and Friary Point have been awarded a Green Flag.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Amusement arcade


  • Promenade

Nearest town



CF62 5TJ

OS grid ref.

ST 1155 6645

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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Whitmore Bay (Barry) Reviews

Barrybados rules!

Aug 02nd 2021

Always good vibes in Barry Island! ????

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