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Barry Town Burial Authority

Burial Authority

Barry Town CouncilAs Burial Authority for the area, the Town Council owns, manages and maintains Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery, one of the largest cemeteries in Wales. The cemetery has been extended several times during its lifetime, and is currently over 55 acres. Plans are afoot to open up a further extension on land already owned by the Town Council which will provide much needed burial land for the next quarter of a century.The cemetery was opened during the 1880’s, and is managed by a dedicated team of staff comprising the cemetery foreman and six grave diggers/gardeners.  One of the best features of the cemetery is the refurbished chapel, constructed in the 1890s. Works costing £100,000 were carried out and completed last year with the help of a loan facilitated by the Welsh Assembly Government and the Public Works Loans Board.

Members of the public can visit the Cemetery seven days per week, 365 days a year and is also open over the Christmas & New Year Holiday.  

Opening Times are as follows:-     

Monday - Friday
Winter Hours    (1st Nov - 31st Mar)    Gates Open 8.00 am, Gates Close 4.15 pm
Summer Hours  (1st Apr - 31st Oct)    Gates Open 8.00 am, Gates Close 4.45 pm 

Weekends & Bank Holidays (All Year)
Gates Open 8.30 am 
Gates Close to Cars at 4.00 pm 
Gates Close to Pedestrians at 4.15 pm

Please be advised that during adverse weather conditions the decision to close the Cemetery may be taken for the safety of Visitors and Staff, no prior notice will be given.    

The Town Council is also responsible for two other burial grounds, Porthkerry Cemetery in Rhoose, and the Philadelphia Closed Churchyard in Paddock Place, Barry, which it inherited from Barry Borough Council following a previous local government reorganisation in 1974. Keys to the churchyard are kept in the Town Council offices. Members of the public are welcome to visit, subject to making an appointment in advance. To contact the Town Council, please telephone 01446 738663, email us at info@barrytowncouncil.gov.uk or alternatively visit our contact us page.

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