Welcome to Barry (Y Barri)
Nowhere have the recent triumphs of the BBC Wales television department been more keenly felt than in Barry, a seaside town 8 miles southwest of Cardiff. If you watch Doctor Who or Being Human, you'll no doubt be aware that the town is infested with aliens, zombies, ghosts, werewolves and vampires. Yet it's the massive popularity of the altogether more down-to-earth comedy Gavin & Stacey that has given the town a new cachet. The staff at Island Leisure (on the Promenade) are used to fans of the show making a pilgrimage to the booth where Nessa (played in the show by co-writer Ruth Jones) worked. Other sites include nearby Marco’s Cafe, where Stacey worked, and Trinity St, where Stacey’s mum and Uncle Bryn lived.
The big attraction here is the beach at Barry Island, which is well signposted at the south end of the town.