Living in Barry & The Vale

Barry is a fantastic town to live in with plenty of local amenities right on your doorstep. As one of the biggest towns in Wales, Barry is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, beaches, parks, as well as amazing transport links to surrounding towns and cities. With Cardiff less than 10 miles away, you're never far away from the action either. So whether you're looking for the quiet tranquil life of a seaside town, or the bustling city life without the city price tag, Barry is ideal for you.


Barry benefits from a variety of local independent shops as well high street stores, there is always something for everyone. On High Street, where we are situated there is an array of independent shops including, cafes, clothes shops, butchers, green grocers, gift shops, florists, hairdressers and many more. In Barry town centre shoppers benefit from an abundance of large high street retailers and banks on Holton Road. There are also a number of local and national retailers dotted around the town including supermarkets, car garages, DIY stores and much more!


With a variety of mixed, girls, boys and Welsh medium establishments making up the 20 schools and colleges in Barry there are plenty of choices when it comes to deciding on your child's education. For more information regarding schools in Barry and surrounding areas visit the Vale of Glamorgan website.

Traveling around The Vale

The Vale of Glamorgan has some beautiful sites to see and traveling around is pretty easy too. From Barry, there are 3 three train station; Barry Docks, Barry and Barry Island all of which have direct routes into Cardiff and surrounding areas. There are also regular bus services running throughout the town and surrounding areas such as Dinas Powys, Penarth, Llantwit Major, Cardiff and many more. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, in the summer months, you can also board a boat from Penarth Marina to Cardiff Bay for just a few pounds.

Things to do

From beaches to shopping to historical sites to visit, Barry and The Vale have so many things to do and places to visit to keep the whole family entertained. Fortunately we are blessed with an array of beaches to visit in the area. Made famous by the popular TV show Gavin and Stacey, Barry Island one the popular go-to places when the sun comes out with hours of fun and entertainment. Other beaches in the area include Penarth, Llantwit Major, and Aberthaw. If you prefer dry land, there are plenty of parks to visit particularly in Barry. Porthkerry park is popular with families and is a great place to take the dog out for a walk too. The Knap is also another beautiful location to take a stroll around.


Cardiff is less than 10 miles away from Barry and is host to some of the most popular shops and restaurants of the UK high street. St Davids shopping arcade is the obvious choice for some of the biggest brands for fashion and food. However tucked away in the side streets of Queen Street, The Hayes and St Marys street are fantastic arcades with some of the greatest boutique shops and cafes. At night, Cardiff comes alive with restaurants, bars and nightclubs opening until the early hours to let you let your hair down!
Cardiff is also host to the Millennium Stadium, home to the Welsh Rugby Team as well as other sporting events, Cardiff Castle, Roath Park and many more attractions.