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Barry is a popular seaside resort town on the Bristol Channel near Cardiff. As the town expanded in the 1880s, Barry Island was linked to the mainland to become a peninsula. The sandy beach and pleasure resort remain popular with locals and visitors alike, and Barry became well-known when it became home to TV’s Gavin & Stacey.
Terraced properties were built as homes for dock workers, but the oldest existing inhabited house in modern Barry is 16th century Whitehouse Cottage.
Barry is well connected to Cardiff with good train, road and bus links. Barry is located just three miles from Cardiff International Airport.
Barry’s population of over 50,000 makes it the fifth largest town in Wales. Its early growth was due to the building of Barry Docks which became the largest coal exporting port in the world in the early 20th century. The dock area still provides employment in the town. The railway that grew servicing the docks was instrumental in Barry’s popularity as a resort town and the mainline connected railway shares its home with Barry Tourist Railway which operates a heritage steam and diesel trains. 200 steam trains were saved and preserved by local company Woodham Brothers.