Barry Island and The Knap
Made famous by the hit BBC sitcom, Gavin & Stacey, Barry Island is a popular seaside resort just a short 25-minute drive from Clayton Hotel Cardiff. You can also catch the train behind the hotel directly to Barry Island station. Barry Island train station is located a short stroll from the beach. Trains run very regularly throughout the week and the journey only takes half an hour.
The main area, Whitmore Bay Beach, is made up of a long sandy beach that stretches along the promenade, lined with multi-coloured beach huts which you can hire for the day. There is plenty of space along the beach to set up a picnic, build some sandcastles, or simply enjoy being beside the seaside. You can also visit the famous Barry Island Pleasure Park which has rides, entertainment, and amusements for all the family. With a selection of beach shops, cafes, restaurants, and the main town centre within walking distance, there is everything you need for a fun-filled day out by the sea.
Just a short drive past Barry Island is the Knap Gardens. You can enjoy ice cream and walk along the pebble beach or visit the beautiful gardens and lake. You can also visit Watch House Bay beach where you can see the old watch house from the beach. The perfect location if you want a quieter beach trip.