Barry is located on the south coast of Wales some 7 miles south west of Cardiff in the Vale of Glamorgan. Barry with it's little brother on the seafront, Barry Island, is a popular seaside resort, with attractions including the famous Barry Island Pleasure Park and several beaches. Set between sea and country the town enjoys panoramic views of the Bristol Channel, and is close to the rural Vale of Glamorgan. It is close enough to Cardiff to enjoy the many attractions in the city, but without the disadvantages of having to live in the city, indeed it is a favourite place of residence for people whose work is in Cardiff.
The history of the town is a rollercoaster ride itself with Barry changing from a small village, in 1881, with barely 100 residents, to the largest coal exporting port in the world in the space of some 30 years. But the coal industry on which the port had relied collapsed as quickly as it had grown and Barry's future depended on the tourist trade. ....
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