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Barry Island Pleasure Park, Barry

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Barry Island Pleasure Park is an amusement park situated on the coast at Barry Island in the Vale of Glamorgan, about 10 miles south west of the capital city Cardiff, Wales. The park opened annually at weekends from Easter onwards and daily during the school summer holidays, until the first weekend in September. The park opened permanently to the public on 3 April 2015.Barry Island contains shops, bars and restaurants. The Pleasure Park was once famous for its Scenic Railway which dominated half of the site in the mid-20th century, but was partially destroyed in a gale in 1973 before being dismantled. Many of the scenic railway's beams were used in the building of the current Log Flume ride, which was one of the park's most popular attractions.The Pleasure Park had over thirty attractions and rides. However lack of investment in the park resulted in the majority of these being removed, notably the Viper rollercoaster and the Log Flume. Park entrance was free of charge.Several Amusement arcades are located around the pleasure park.Barry Island Pleasure Park is part owned by Ian Rogers, who ran Welsh discount chain Hypervalue before it ran into financial difficulties. In 2006, Hilco UK Ltd who specialise in dealing with failing retail businesses assumed control of the ailing Hypervalue group and commenced disposing of various Hypervalue stores and settling accounts with the many creditors. Mr Rogers now owns part of the reorganised group, renamed Hypa Xtra. The park was operated by showman Vernon Studt between 2010 and 2014 under a lease from the joint owners.
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  • It's a good job I'm a local, reason being I would hate to have travelled to see the pleasure park !! The new owners would said to be spending 20million on this barry icon site, that was about 2 years ...  more »
  • I am glad someone else bought the fair rather than it being turned into soulless new built houses and flats. We dropped in here whilst at the transport festival and its ok value for money and will ret...  more »
  • Never been before. Just moved to Wales and wanted to see where 'Gavin and Stacey' was filmed. Was a market along the beach front which was lovely. Lots and amusements, and beach shops. Stopped to have...  more »
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  • After 30yrs not much has changed, parking is hard and the new car park is a distance. New housing development being built so roads under construction. Plenty to spend your money on in the arcades and plenty of them. Great for walking your dogs but after 30th September big fines of £1000 before then. Fancy something to eat, fast food cafe and diners all close by. Rent a beach hut for £20 a day. New kids rock climbing wall built in the words Barry Island. Great day out and big sandy beach but murky waters. Barry Island is Gavin and Stacey's 1st love meeting place memorabilia available. Barry Island was a poor mans holiday when I was a child but great memories where had here then and today.
  • Good sized pretty beach water is quite muddy and the promenade could do with some updating. Parking is expensive which is normal in season, and good amount of lifeguards......... but no toilets!!!!!!!! Had to walk all the way to the other end of the beach and back just for a wee. And when you have more than 1 child with you......... wont be going again purely for that reason
  • Still a run down hole in the ground only worse than it use to be, a place to avoid and not waste yoir time or money. Unlike the wonderful beach and seafront area which is great fun and a pleasure to walk along these days.
  • Fun selection of rides though not much for the very young. The beach is on the doorstep and excellent maintained sand. Parking and access to the park is good too.
  • This is a grim and ugly place. The pleasure park is simply a bunch of traveling 'rides' room trailers parked in one place. The beach is great, the people are 'salt of the earth' types and the greasy spoon seafront cafe we dropped into was BRILLIANT. With crunchy chips and HUGE portion sizes.