Barry Island

Barry Vale of Glamorgan CF62

Despite what the name suggests, it's not technically an island but a small protruding part of the south Wales coast.  Yes, Barry Island reached global fame with the popular TV show Gavin & Stacey, but it used to be a star in its own right – as a once thriving seaside resort with a beloved Pleasure Park at the centre of it all.  Dodgems, carousels, stalls where you could still win goldfish; ice creams of every imaginable flavour, fresh fish & chips, burger vans, arcades, rides and happy golf kept the Welsh nation happy on their annual family summer holidays. Although all these things are still there today, compared to its heyday everything is in a rather poor state of disrepair and there have been rumours about the Pleasure Park closing its doors for good. This would be a shame to say the least, but whatever happens Barry's beach will still be there, and is in fact a rather stunning side feature of the unloved remains of Barry's shops and attractions.  Also, of course there's a fair bit of Gavin & Stacey tourism: you can see the arcade where Nessa worked, Uncle Bryn's house, and if you're a real diehard fan, you can always hop on Dave's Coach – part of the ridiculous yet fun Gavin & Stacey Tour.  

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