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Leisure & Sport Amenities

Leisure and SportFor residents and thousands of annual holidaymakers alike, Barry has a wide range of leisure amenities. With the choice ranging from beautiful sandy beaches to leisure facilities and plenty of places to shop, eat and drink, there really is something for everyone.

Barry has two leisure centres and a number of other sports facilities. Barry Leisure Centre in the centre of town was opened by Princess Anne in 1981, and offers opportunities for a wide range of activities. Facilities include a main 25-metre swimming pool, a small pool for children and learners, plus a hydroslide, squash courts, a range of fitness classes, health suite and a spacious games hall used for badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, tennis and volleyball.

Barry sports centre on Colcot Road caters for outdoor sports, boasting an all-weather pitch used for cricket, football, hockey, lacross, netball and rugby.

Holm View leisure centre on Skomer Road, is a multipurpose centre with facilities for badminton, 5-a-side football, basketball, netball, squash (with recently refurbished courts) and a Hammer Gym with bodybuilding room and rotogym multi-exerciser.

The sports hall built at Cadoxton Primary School is also a community facility offering a range of dry leisure uses.

Youth Activities was voted at the number one priority for Barry Youth Action 2016-17. A task group was set up to raise awareness of the different opportunities for young people in Barry. Members researched different sporting opportunities and created this database for easy access. Please click on the attached pdf for the database.

BYA Youth Activities Database 2017.pdf

Leisure & Sport

Pitch and putt can be played at the 18-hole course in Porthkerry Country Park, a course opened by Dai Rees in 1972. A more exacting 18-hole golf course can be found at Brynhill Golf Club, located on land accessed from Port Road East. Situated just outside Barry is the 9-hole par 35 course St Andrews Major Golf Club.

Tennis and bowls are well catered for within the town. Tennis courts are located at Romilly and Victoria Parks, as well as in Gladstone and Alexander Gardens. There are bowling greens at Romilly Park, Broad Close and in Gladstone Gardens, with several bowling clubs for men and women. A large new indoor facility has opened in the nearby village of Sully.

For cricket there is Pencoedtre Park and the Athletic Club on Barry Island. Both soccer and rugby football are catered for by clubs and grounds in Barry and beyond. Barry Rugby Football Club plays its home games at the Reservoir Field on Merthyr Dyfan Road. Barry Town United FC, who play at Jenner Park (recently upgraded to meet European football standards), will play in Division 3 of the League of Wales.

Track and field athletics are well catered for: the Vale Council-owned Jenner Park, home of Barry Town United FC and Cadoxton and Barry FC, has an excellent all-weather running track, high, long and triple jump facilities plus dedicated areas and the necessary equipment for throwing events.


Barry’s beaches are some of the town’s most glorious natural assets, all enjoying southern (and therefore often very sunny) aspects. Whitmore Bay, Barry Island, is the most popular of them all, a superb stretch of fine sand with grassy banks behind. There is a large and active fairground close by plus attractions such as the promenade. In the summer, Barry Island Railway Company runs its heritage trains between the Island and the Waterfront. Jackson’s Bay offers a more secluded area for bathing. To the west of Barry Island is The Knap, a long pebble beach, backed by a spacious car park terrace. Further west, beyond Bullnose Cliff, is Porthkerry Beach.

As would be expected in a seaside town, swimming is popular, both at the indoor pools at the town centre leisure centre and at the various sandy or pebble beaches, which afford ideal conditions for sea bathing.

Sea fishing can be enjoyed along the coast in and around Barry; yachting is another popular sport. Barry Yacht Club has its headquarters in Barry Harbour, and races are held for various classes.

Parks and Open Spaces

Parks and open spaces have long been some of Barry’s most enjoyable features. Near the heart of the Holton Road shopping centre are Gladstone Gardens and the refurbished Central Park. The latter comprises a well equipped play area, as well as making provision for teenagers nearby. Other open spaces in the town include Romilly Park (west Barry), Victoria Park (Cadoxton), Alexander Gardens and Pencoedtre Park complete with skate park, football pitches and a splash park (water play facility). All are provided with recreational amenities (including equipped play areas). The 15 acre Romilly Park, as well as featuring brilliant floral displays, is frequently the location for sporting and horticultural events.

Pride of place should arguably go to Porthkerry Country Park, which lies on the western edge of Barry and is one of the largest public open spaces in the Vale of Glamorgan. Close to the sea, this lovely park is noted for beautiful sunsets seen from its grounds, and for the statuesque grandeur of the railway viaduct that strides across it. There is a number of interesting nature trails.


Barry’s main asset is the Memorial Hall & Theatre on Gladstone Road. It is much used for conferences, concerts, and other events and is the venue for several amateur dramatic societies. To book, telephone 01446 400111.

It is also worth mentioning the refurbished Town Hall and County library at Kings Square, Holton Road, which offers high quality exhibition space.
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