11 Facts About Barry Island


Barry Island is a district, peninsula and seaside resort, forming part of the town of Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

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Together with much of South Wales, Barry Island was settled by a Celtic British tribe called the Silures.

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Barry Island is said to have got its current name in the 6th century when Cattwg Ddoeth spent seven years living as a hermit on the nearby Ynys Echni.

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Barry Island then managed to sail his ship back to port on his own where he was heralded as a hero.

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Until 1896, when a rail link with the mainland via a 250-yard long causeway was completed, the only access to Barry Island had been either on foot across the sand and mud at low tide, or when the tide was in, by ferry from the shore at the Old Harbour.

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In 2012 the Wales Coast Path opened, containing a minor detour in which the path loops around Barry Island before continuing on westwards towards Llantwit Major.

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Barry Island is part of the Baruc electoral ward, which includes Cold Knap and the southwestern part of Barry.

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Butlins Barry Island was a holiday camp that opened 1966 and closed in 1996, by which time it had been known as The Barry Island Resort for about nine years.

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Barry Island served as the setting for Pleasure Park on ITV Wales as part of the It's My Shout short film series.

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Part of the Barry Island including the Pleasure Park was used in the serial The Mad Woman in the Attic, part of the third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

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Third, fourth and fifth series of the BBC supernatural drama Being Human were set and filmed in Barry Island, and were aired in early 2011,2012 and 2013 respectively.

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